2003 North Hertfordshire District Council election
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16 of 49 seats on North Hertfordshire District Council
25 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Con
Lab
LD
Leader F. John Smith David Kearns Steve Jarvis
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats
Seats before 28 17 4
Seats after 27 16 6
Seat change Decrease1 Decrease1 Increase2

Leader before election

F. John Smith
Conservative

Leader after election

F. John Smith
Conservative

The 2003 North Hertfordshire District Council election was held on 1 May 2003, at the same time as other local elections across England and Scotland. 16 of the 49 seats on North Hertfordshire District Council were up for election, being the usual third of the council.[1]

Overall results

The overall results were as follows:[2]

2003 North Hertfordshire District Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 9 Decrease1 56.3 18 27 55.1 9,737 46.0 +3.0
  Liberal Democrats 4 Increase2 25.0 2 6 12.2 6,389 30.2 +8.4
  Labour 3 Decrease1 18.8 13 16 32.7 4,663 22.0 -9.0
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 363 1.7 -0.5

Ward Results

The results for each ward were as follows. An asterisk(*) indicates a sitting councillor standing for re-election. A double dagger (‡) indicates a sitting councillor contesting a different ward.[3][4]

Arbury ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Dempster Young* 744 61.5 -4.0
Liberal Democrats Alan Geoffrey Marshall 466 38.5 +16.1
Turnout 59.7
Registered electors 2,030
Conservative hold Swing -10.1
Baldock East ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Geoffrey Cecil Hollands 363 53 +31.6
Conservative Leslie Wilsher 322 47 -9.4
Turnout 38.8
Registered electors 1,775
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing +20.5
Baldock Town ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Edwin Weeks ‡ 982 57.5 -7.9
Labour Paul David Burgin 465 27.2 +3.8
Liberal Democrats John Stephen White 260 15.2 +4.1
Turnout 29.9
Registered electors 5,728
Conservative hold Swing -5.9
Cadwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patricia Winifred Gibbs*
(Tricia Gibbs)
383 57.1 +6.1
Liberal Democrats Richard Oliver Canning 142 21.2 +8.4
Labour Tarnjeet Kaur Rehal 117 17.4 -18.6
Green George Winston Howe 29 4.3 +4.3
Turnout 37.4
Registered electors 1,799
Conservative hold Swing -1.2
Ermine ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Howard Maycroft Marshall* 675 65.5 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Ian Simpson 319 30.9 +7.2
Labour Kenneth Garland 37 3.6 -9.4
Turnout 52.4
Registered electors 1,972
Conservative hold Swing -2.5
Graveley and Wymondley ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sally Margaret Jarvis* 595 68.2 +7.6
Conservative Juli Marie Dear 224 25.7 -5.0
Labour Philip Anthony Vale 54 6.2 -2.6
Turnout 29.9
Registered electors 2,930
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +6.3
Hitchin Bearton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Judi Billing* 782 50.1 -0.3
Conservative Kevin David Banks 421 27 -3.1
Liberal Democrats Ingeborg Sutcliffe 232 14.9 +3.8
Green Stuart Wanstall Madgin 127 8.1 -0.3
Turnout 29.3
Registered electors 5,366
Labour hold Swing +1.4
Hitchin Highbury ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Lawrence William Oliver 1,123 52.1 -11.3
Conservative David Miller 892 41.4 +9.2
Labour Kusminder Singh Sahasi 141 6.5 +6.5
Turnout 39.7
Registered electors 5,443
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing -10.3
Hitchin Walsworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derek Nigel Sheard 679 42.5 -4.3
Conservative Raymond Lawrence Shakespeare-Smith 583 36.5 -3.2
Liberal Democrats David Shirley 214 13.4 +4.1
Green Evelyn Grace Howe 123 7.7 +3.4
Turnout 29.5
Registered electors 5,435
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -0.6
Hoo ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David John Barnard* 587 68.7 +12.8
Labour Roger Aubrey Wood 208 24.3 -19.9
Liberal Democrats Andrew Ircha 60 7 +7.0
Turnout 47.5
Registered electors 1,807
Conservative hold Swing +16.4
Letchworth East ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Paterson 566 39.3 +13.2
Labour Arthur Jarman* 519 36 -11.5
Liberal Democrats Martin Gammell 272 18.9 +1.2
Green Eric Morris Blakeley 84 5.8 -2.9
Turnout 27.2
Registered electors 5,299
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +12.4
Letchworth Grange ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Peter Kearns* 683 43.6 -15.6
Conservative Simon Nicholas Bloxham 626 39.9 +11.7
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Butcher 259 16.5 +4.0
Turnout 30.7
Registered electors 5,111
Labour hold Swing -13.7
Letchworth South East ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julian Michael Cunningham 826 46.6 +2.1
Labour John Henry Davies 652 36.8 +0.8
Liberal Democrats John Winder 295 16.6 -2.8
Turnout 34.4
Registered electors 5,162
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +0.7
Letchworth South West ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lynda Ann Needham* 1,246 49.4 +5.9
Liberal Democrats John Paul Winder 1,063 42.2 -5.7
Labour Philip Edward Ross 211 8.4 -0.3
Turnout 44.6
Registered electors 5,666
Conservative hold Swing +5.8
Offa ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Claire Patricia Annette Strong* 438 63.5 +4.0
Liberal Democrats Peter Donald Johnson 160 23.2 +4.5
Labour Rob Whatson 92 13.3 -8.6
Turnout 42.3
Registered electors 1,629
Conservative hold Swing -0.3
Weston and Sandon ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Stephen Kenneth Jarvis* 566 69.8 +5.3
Conservative Margaret Mary Darby 222 27.4 +27.4
Labour David Alexander Stears 23 2.8 +0.4
Turnout 52.3
Registered electors 1,553
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -11.1

References

  1. ^ "The District of North Hertfordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 1998", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1998/2555, retrieved 14 March 2023
  2. ^ Andrew, Teale. "Local Election Results 2003: North Hertfordshire". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 4 March 2023.
  3. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. "North Hertfordshire District Council Election Results 1973–2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Plymouth University. Retrieved 4 March 2023.
  4. ^ "Election Results May 2003". North Hertfordshire District Council. Archived from the original on 21 June 2003. Retrieved 17 March 2023.