2002 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 Bob Green Fred Pugh
Party Labour Liberal Democrats Conservative
Seats before 36 6 3
Seats after 36 6 3
Seat change Steady Steady Steady
Popular vote 13,684 8,055 8,317
Percentage 44.2 26.0 26.9
Swing Decrease2.5 Increase1.5 Steady

The 2002 Reading Borough Council election was held on 2 May 2002, at the same time as other local elections across England. 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 Redlands ward, where Labour councillor Rajinder Sohpal had resigned.[1] No seats changed party at the election, and the council therefore continued to have a Labour majority, with David Sutton continuing as leader of the party and the council.[2]

Results

Reading Borough Council Election, 2002
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 13 0 0 0 81.3% 44.2% 13,684 -2.5
  Conservative 1 0 0 0 6.3% 26.9% 8,317 0.0
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 0 0 12.5% 26.0% 8,055 +1.5
  Green 0 0% 2.2% 680 +0.4
  Independent 0 0% 0.7% 208

Ward results

The results in each ward were as follows:[3][2]

Abbey Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Betty Tickner 965 51.3 -6.0
Conservative Lee Clarke 401 21.3 -0.3
Liberal Democrats John Wood 306 16.3 -4.7
Independent Peter Burt 208 11.1 n/a
Turnout 1,880
Labour hold Swing -2.85
Battle Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anthony Jones 1,044 67.7 +5.0
Conservative Iona Morris 266 17.2 -2.4
Liberal Democrats James Martin 233 15.1 -2.6
Turnout 1,543
Labour hold Swing +3.7
Caversham Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Waite 1,300 43.6 -3.0
Conservative Robert Wilson 1,210 40.6 +7.4
Liberal Democrats Diane Elliss 473 15.9 -4.5
Turnout 2,983
Labour hold Swing -5.2
Church Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Janjua 745 48.8 -6.1
Conservative Howard Shaw 462 30.3 +2.9
Liberal Democrats Anthony Warrell 320 21.0 +8.2
Turnout 1,527
Labour hold Swing -4.5
Katesgrove Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patricia Thomas 695 56.0 +4.7
Conservative Shirley Mills 233 18.8 -2.2
Liberal Democrats Patricia Hardy 207 16.7 -10.9
Green Naomi Emmerson 105 8.5
Turnout 1,240
Labour hold Swing +3.45
Kentwood Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sandy Scaife 1,065 47.8 +1.3
Conservative Thomas Steele 691 31.0 -0.8
Liberal Democrats Richard Duveen 471 21.1 -0.5
Turnout 2,227
Labour hold Swing +1.05
Minster Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Gittings 1,124 49.6 +0.4
Conservative Michael Wade 698 30.8 +1.4
Liberal Democrats Nicola Lawson 325 14.3 -2.1
Green Hugh Swann 119 5.3 +0.3
Turnout 2,266
Labour hold Swing -0.5
Norcot Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Jones 1,184 64.8 -0.2
Conservative Alexandra Mowczan 341 18.7 -1.8
Liberal Democrats Thomas Cook 302 16.5 +2.0
Turnout 1,827
Labour hold Swing +0.8
Park Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine Borgars 1,089 55.9 +4.4
Liberal Democrats Judith Fry 411 21.1 -1.1
Conservative Vinod Sharma 252 12.9 -4.4
Green James Towell 197 10.1 +1.2
Turnout 1,949
Labour hold Swing +2.75
Peppard Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Robert Green
(Bob Green)
1,611 58.2 +7.7
Conservative Christopher Morton 875 31.6 -1.7
Labour David O'Meara 282 10.2 -5.9
Turnout 2,768
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +4.7
Redlands Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elizabeth Winfield-Chislett 902 42.7 +4.7
Liberal Democrats Christopher Harris 741 35.1 -0.6
Conservative Abdul Loyes 273 12.9 -6.5
Green Mary Westley 197 9.3 +2.4
Turnout 2,113
Labour hold Swing +2.65
Redlands Ward (by-election)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Riaz Chaudhri 999 47.2
Liberal Democrats Richard Hall 818 14.2
Conservative Andrew Kitching 301 14.2
Turnout 2,118
Labour hold Swing
Southcote Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Swaine 1,279 65.6 +3.7
Conservative Margaret Gibbons 477 24.4 -1.8
Liberal Democrats Sheila Myra Morley
(Myra Morley)
195 10.0 -1.9
Turnout 1,951
Labour hold Swing +2.75
Thames Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeanette Skeats 1,442 46.7 +2.9
Liberal Democrats Sheila Summers 1,273 41.2 +10.5
Labour Thomas Crisp 372 12.1 -13.4
Turnout 3,087
Conservative hold Swing -3.8
Tilehurst Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Weston 1,065 46.9 +8.0
Labour Raymond Richens 743 32.7 -1.2
Conservative Una Kidd 401 17.7 -6.9
Green Jacob Sanders 62 2.7 0.0
Turnout 2,271
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +4.6
Whitley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lawrence Silverman 895 68.2 +0.7
Conservative Barrie Cummings 295 22.5 -0.4
Liberal Democrats Max Thomas Heydeman
(Tom Heydeman)
122 9.3 -0.3
Turnout 1,312
Labour hold Swing +0.55

References

  1. ^ "Former mayor retires - for now". Get Reading. 16 January 2002. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b "How your vote affected the results". Get Reading. 3 May 2002. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  3. ^ Teale, Andrew. "Local Election Results 2002: Reading". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 1 May 2022.