Elections to Rochford Council were held on 1 May 2003. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Party Seats   ±  
Conservative 30 +2
Liberal Democrat 4 0
Labour 3 -1
Independent 1 -1
Hawkwell Residents 1 0

Election result

Rochford Local Election Result 2003
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 12 3 1 +2 80.0 48.7 6,685 -3.2%
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 0 0 13.3 18.4 2,521 +1.1%
  Labour 1 1 2 -1 6.7 22.9 3,144 -1.9%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 5.0 689 +3.0%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 3.5 487 +1.6%
  Hawkwell Residents 0 0 0 0 0 1.4 199 -0.7%

Ward results

Ashingdon and Canewdon

Ashingdon and Canewdon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tracy Capon 478 53.2
Liberal Democrats Valerie Stanton 199 22.2
Green Andrew Vaughan 124 13.8
Labour David Lench 97 10.8
Majority 279 31.0
Turnout 898 25.7
Conservative hold Swing

Barling and Sutton

Barling and Sutton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Amner 216 65.1
Labour Kevin Salt 116 34.9
Majority 100 30.2
Turnout 332 23.5
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

Downhall and Rawreth

Downhall and Rawreth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ronald Oatham 613 74.7
Conservative Joan Mockford 208 25.3
Majority 405 49.4
Turnout 821 26.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Foulness and Great Wakering

Foulness and Great Wakering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Seagers 563 47.5
Labour Graham Fox 517 43.6
Liberal Democrats Dawn Giles 105 8.9
Majority 46 3.9
Turnout 1,185 27.1
Conservative hold Swing

Grange

Grange
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats June Lumley 442 55.7
Conservative Carole Weston 351 44.3
Majority 91 11.4
Turnout 793 28.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Hawkwell North

Hawkwell North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Maureen Starke 450 51.6
Hawkwell Residents Christine Mason 199 22.8
Labour David Thompson 100 11.5
Liberal Democrats Marian Smith 81 9.3
Green Cyril Pohl 42 4.8
Majority 251 28.8
Turnout 872 26.0
Conservative hold Swing

Hawkwell South

Hawkwell South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Capon 318 44.6
Independent Dudley Ball 276 38.7
Labour Sheila Downard 119 16.7
Majority 42 5.9
Turnout 713 22.3
Conservative hold Swing

Hawkwell West

Hawkwell West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derrick Stansby 374 43.4
Labour Myra Weir 342 39.7
Green Heather Johnson 146 16.9
Majority 32 3.7
Turnout 862 27.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Hockley Central

Hockley Central (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Hudson 791
Conservative Marina McCarthy 737
Labour Dorothy Thompson 188
Liberal Democrats Keith Budden 186
Labour Ian Rooke 186
Liberal Democrats Peggy Pearse 165
Green Maria Tugwell 100
Green Gabrielle Yeadell 75
Turnout 2,428 25.1
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Hullbridge

Hullbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lesley Butcher 603 52.8
Labour Mary Stevenson 540 47.2
Majority 63 5.6
Turnout 1,143 21.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Lodge

Lodge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terry Livings 369 52.3
Liberal Democrats Frank Hyde 336 47.7
Majority 33 4.6
Turnout 705 22.7
Conservative hold Swing

Rochford

Rochford (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Susan Harper 455
Labour David Weir 412
Labour John Dickson 409
Conservative Keith Gordon 406
Independent Kevin Attridge 220
Independent David Ford 193
Liberal Democrats Joyce Giles 91
Liberal Democrats Beryl Handford 68
Turnout 2,254 22.9
Conservative hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Sweyne Park

Sweyne Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Savill 366 50.9
Liberal Democrats Mary Beckers 235 32.7
Labour Michael Hoy 118 16.4
Majority 131 18.2
Turnout 719 21.8
Conservative hold Swing

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