2003 Reading Borough Council election

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15 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 35 6 4
Seat change Decrease1 Steady Increase1
Popular vote 11,489 7,862 8,502
Percentage 38.9 26.6 28.8
Swing Decrease5.3 Increase0.6 Increase1.9

The 2003 Reading Borough Council election was held on 1 May 2003, at the same time as other local elections across England and Scotland. One third of the 45 seats on Reading Borough Council were up for election. The Conservatives gained one seat at the election from Labour. Otherwise all other seats stayed with the same party and Labour continued have a large majority on the council, with David Sutton continuing as leader of the party and the council.[1]

Results

Reading Borough Council Election, 2003
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 13 0 1 -1 73.3% 38.9% 11,489 -5.3
  Conservative 2 1 0 +1 13.3% 28.8% 8,502 +1.9
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 0 0 13.3% 26.6% 7,862 +0.6
  Green 0 0% 2.1% 614 -0.1
  Stop the War 0 0% 1.9% 555
  Independent 0 0% 1.7% 490

Ward results

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

Abbey Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Antony Page 983 53.3 +2.0
Conservative David Stevens 393 21.3 0.0
Liberal Democrats John Wood 380 20.6 +4.3
Stop the War Darren Williams 88 4.8 n/a
Turnout 1,844
Labour hold Swing +1.0
Battle Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Crisp 755 46.8 -20.8
Liberal Democrats James Martin 298 18.5 +3.4
Independent Adeyinka Oyekan 279 17.3 n/a
Conservative John Britton 233 14.5 -2.8
Stop the War Alan Lockey 47 2.9 n/a
Turnout 1,612
Labour hold Swing -12.1
Caversham Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Wilson 1,372 45.9 +5.3
Labour Susan Stainthorp
(Sue Stainthorp)
1,110 37.1 -6.5
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Barclay 428 14.3 -1.5
Stop the War Magda Koc 80 2.7 n/a
Turnout 2,990
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.9
Church Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Goodall 665 46.8 -2.0
Conservative Dharam Ahuja 416 29.3 +1.0
Liberal Democrats Anthony Warrell 223 15.7 -5.3
Green Robert Awbery 77 5.4 n/a
Stop the War Rachel Mills 39 2.7 n/a
Turnout 1,420
Labour hold Swing -2.15
Katesgrove Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Stainthorp 563 46.6 -9.4
Liberal Democrats Samuel Best-Shaw 260 21.5 +4.8
Conservative Shirley Mills 204 16.9 -1.9
Green Louisa Radice 71 5.9 -2.6
Independent David Boobier 64 5.3 n/a
Stop the War Judith Wicks 46 3.8 n/a
Turnout 1,208
Labour hold Swing -7.1
Kentwood Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard McKenzie 893 44.3 -3.5
Conservative Thomas Steele 638 31.7 +0.6
Liberal Democrats Richard Duveen 451 22.4 +1.2
Stop the War Leslee Hopper 33 1.6 n/a
Turnout 2,015
Labour hold Swing -2.05
Minster Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Catherine Wilton 965 47.4 -2.3
Conservative Michael Wade 578 28.4 -2.4
Liberal Democrats Nicolas Lawson 377 18.5 +4.2
Green James Towell 86 4.2 -1.0
Stop the War Pauline Thomas 32 1.6 n/a
Turnout 2,038
Labour hold Swing +0.05
Norcot Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graeme Hoskin 1,045 63.7 -1.1
Liberal Democrats Thomas Cook 300 18.3 +1.8
Conservative Alexandra Mowczan 295 18.0 -0.7
Turnout 1,640
Labour hold Swing -1.45
Park Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jon Hartley 830 46.7 -9.1
Liberal Democrats James Spackman 392 22.1 +1.0
Conservative David Vaughan 240 13.5 +0.6
Green Mary Westley 189 10.6 +0.5
Stop the War Peter Burt 125 7.0 n/a
Turnout 1,776
Labour hold Swing -5.05
Peppard Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Annette Hendry 1,506 56.9 -1.3
Conservative Christopher Morton 889 33.6 +2.0
Labour Andrea Collins 250 9.5 -0.7
Turnout 2,645
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -1.65
Redlands Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Riaz Chaudhri 879 42.5 -0.7
Liberal Democrats Christopher Harris 598 28.9 -6.4
Conservative Carole Haskell 337 16.3 +3.3
Green Hugh Swann 191 9.2 +0.7
Stop the War Sean O'Leary 65 3.1 n/a
Turnout 2,070
Labour hold Swing +2.85
Southcote Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Ennis 1,049 59.0 -6.5
Conservative Patricia Steele 489 27.5 +3.1
Liberal Democrats Paul Allen 239 13.4 +3.5
Turnout 1,777
Labour hold Swing -4.8
Thames Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Pugh
(Fred Pugh)
1,722 53.3 +6.6
Liberal Democrats Sheila Summers 1,310 40.6 -0.7
Labour Gul Khan 196 6.1 -6.0
Turnout 3,228
Conservative hold Swing +3.65
Tilehurst Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Judith Fry 896 45.6 -1.3
Labour Raymond Richens 519 26.4 -6.3
Conservative Una Kidd 403 20.5 +2.9
Independent Richard Grimsdell 147 7.5 n/a
Turnout 1,965
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +2.5
Whitley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Hanley 787 61.3 -6.9
Conservative Nicholas Brown 293 22.8 +0.3
Liberal Democrats Max Heydeman 204 15.9 +6.6
Turnout 1,284
Labour hold Swing -3.6

References

  1. ^ "Tories claim a 'vital breakthrough' - Labour lose seat in Reading after nine years". Get Reading. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  2. ^ "How you voted". Get Reading. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2022.