1999 Reading Borough Council election

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16 seats of 45 on council
23 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader David Sutton Ian Fenwick Fred Pugh
Party Labour Liberal Democrats Conservative
Seats before 35 6 3
Seats after 36 6 3
Seat change Increase1 Steady Steady
Popular vote 14,094 6,532 7,945
Percentage 48.7 22.5 27.4
Swing Increase4.2 Decrease1.9 Decrease2.9

  Fourth party
 
Party Independent
Seats before 1
Seats after 0
Seat change Decrease1

The 1999 Reading Borough Council election was held on 6 May 1999, at the same time as other local elections across Britain. Sixteen of the 45 seats on Reading Borough Council were up for election, being the usual third of the council (15 seats) plus a by-election in Abbey ward, where Labour's Jane Griffiths had resigned her seat on the council.

Labour gained one seat in Abbey ward which had been held by Mohammad Iqbal, who had been elected as a Labour councillor in 1997 but expelled from the party later that year.[1] He had continued to hold his council seat since then as an independent councillor, but did not stand for re-election in 1999. Apart from that change, no other seats changed party in 1999.

Results

Reading Borough Council Election, 1999
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 13 1 0 +1 81.3% 48.7% 14,094 +4.2
  Conservative 1 0 0 0 6.3% 27.4% 7,945 -2.9
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 0 0 12.5% 22.5% 6,532 -1.9
  Green 0 0% 1.4% 397 +0.6

Ward results

The results in each ward were as follows:[2]

Abbey Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Durkin 932 61.1
Conservative Richard Willis 387 25.6
Liberal Democrats John Wood 201 13.3
Turnout 1,511
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Abbey Ward (by-election)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour June Orton 987 65.6
Conservative Paul Swaddle 325 21.6
Liberal Democrats Tony Warrell 192 12.8
Turnout 1,504
Labour hold Swing
Battle Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Jones 925 67.6
Conservative Dharam Ahuja 309 22.6
Liberal Democrats Thomas Cook 135 9.9
Turnout 1,369
Labour hold Swing
Caversham Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kathryn Peak 1,236 45.2
Conservative Robert Wilson 1,154 42.2
Liberal Democrats Robin Bentham 342 12.5
Turnout 2,732
Labour hold Swing
Church Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wilf Wild 659 59.0
Conservative Philip Gibbs 255 22.8
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Heydeman 146 13.1
Green Richard Bradbury 57 5.1
Turnout 1,117
Labour hold Swing
Katesgrove Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Trish Thomas 764 67.5
Conservative Simon O'Sullivan 222 19.6
Liberal Democrats Andrew Colman 146 12.9
Turnout 1,132
Labour hold Swing
Kentwood Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sandy Scaife 952 44.9
Conservative Ruth Bennett 689 32.5
Liberal Democrats Dennis Morgan 432 20.4
Green John Gooch 48 2.3
Turnout 2,121
Labour hold Swing
Minster Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stuart White 1,225 58.0
Conservative Emma Warman 683 32.4
Liberal Democrats Christopher Harris 203 9.6
Turnout 2,111
Labour hold Swing
Norcot Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Jones 971 67.8
Conservative Alexandra Mowczan 249 17.4
Liberal Democrats Martin Scott 213 14.9
Turnout 1,433
Labour hold Swing
Park Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine Borgars 1,063 61.5
Conservative Vinod Sharma 302 17.5
Liberal Democrats George Hamish Hew Preston
Hamish Preston
244 14.1
Green Mary Westley 119 6.9
Turnout 1,728
Labour hold Swing
Peppard Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Bob Green 1,608 61.6
Conservative Edward Brazil 746 28.6
Labour Keith Uden 257 9.8
Turnout 2,611
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Redlands Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Liz Winfield-Chislett 900 49.2
Liberal Democrats Martin Reilly 450 24.6
Conservative Abdul Loyes 345 18.9
Green Elisabeth Brelstaff 133 7.3
Turnout 1,828
Labour hold Swing
Southcote Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Askar Sheibani 1,177 67.8
Conservative Charlotte Hawkins 413 23.8
Liberal Democrats Sheila Myra Morley
Myra Morley
147 8.5
Turnout 1,737
Labour hold Swing
Thames Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeanette Skeats 1,320 48.1
Liberal Democrats Annette Hendry 939 34.2
Labour Christine Grieve 486 17.7
Turnout 2,745
Conservative hold Swing
Tilehurst Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dick Ferriday 1,030 47.9
Labour Catherine Wilton 738 34.3
Conservative Iona Morris 344 16.0
Green Judith Green 40 1.9
Turnout 2,152
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Whitley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lawrence Silverman 831 73.1
Conservative Paul Atkinson 202 17.8
Liberal Democrats Max Thomas Heydeman
Tom Heydeman
104 9.1
Turnout 1,137
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Councillor asked to quit by Labour". Evening Post. Reading. 28 November 1997. p. 1. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Voter apathy spoils Labour's party as Tory comeback flops". Evening Post. Reading. 7 May 1999. p. 7. Retrieved 22 April 2022.