2003 West Dorset District Council election
← 1999 1 May 2003 (2003-05-01) 2007 →

All 48 seats to West Dorset District Council
25 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Con
LD
Ind
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats Independent
Last election 22 seats, 35.6% 15 seats, 35.0% 14 seats, 18.7%
Seats won 25 12 11
Seat change Increase 3 Decrease 3 Decrease 3
Popular vote 17,967 11,937 7,500
Percentage 45.5% 30.2% 19.0%
Swing Increase 9.9% Decrease 4.8% Increase 0.3%

Map showing the results of the 2003 West Dorset District Council elections.

Council control before election

No overall control

Council control after election

Conservative

The 2003 West Dorset District Council election was held on Thursday 1 May 2003 to elect councillors to West Dorset District Council in England. It took place on the same day as other district council elections in the United Kingdom. The entire council was up for election. Following boundary changes the number of wards were reduced by five, and the number of seats reduced from 55 to 48.[1]

The 2003 election saw the Conservatives take majority control of the District Council.[2]

Ward results

Beaminster

Beaminster (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Caroline Lucy Payne unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative V. Ivory * unopposed N/A N/A
Registered electors 3,213
Liberal Democrats hold
Conservative hold

Bradford Abbas

Bradford Abbas[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent E. Garrett * 390 66.1 +7.8
Liberal Democrats S. Longdon 200 33.9 +14.6
Majority 190 32.2 –3.7
Turnout 38.6 –9.1
Registered electors 1,541
Independent hold Swing

Bradpole

Bradpole[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ronald William Coatsworth * 406 78.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats G. Fifield 111 21.5 N/A
Majority 295 57.1 N/A
Turnout 31.0 N/A
Registered electors 1,673
Conservative gain from Independent

Bridport North

Bridport North (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Stoodley 445 31.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Christopher Martin Ray 393 27.8 N/A
Conservative Keith Allan Day 333
Labour R. Nicholls 325 23.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats K. Wallace 305
Independent J. Shaw 250 17.7 N/A
Turnout 33.6 N/A
Registered electors 3,389
Conservative win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

Bridport South & Bothenhampton

Bridport South & Bothenhampton (3 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S. Brown * 842 29.8 N/A
Independent D. Tett 715 25.3 N/A
Conservative G. Pritchard * 599
Labour C. Wild * 556 19.7 N/A
Conservative H. Samuel 347
Liberal Democrats A. Harrison 339 12.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats S. Bagnall 325
Green L. Sea 272 9.6 N/A
Dorset Stop The War D. Partridge 102 3.6 N/A
Turnout 37.7 N/A
Registered electors 4,409
Conservative win (new seat)
Independent win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Broadmayne

Broadmayne[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent A. Thacker * unopposed N/A N/A
Registered electors 1,559
Independent hold

Broadwindsor

Broadwindsor[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative L. Sewell * 384 58.4 –5.5
Liberal Democrats D. Prysor-Jones 273 41.6 +5.5
Majority 111 16.9 –10.9
Turnout 45.6 +1.6
Registered electors 1,447
Conservative hold Swing

Burton Bradstock

Burton Bradstock[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats M. Parsons 637 67.2 +26.2
Conservative M. Pritchard * 311 32.8 –26.2
Majority 326 34.4 N/A
Turnout 59.1 +2.9
Registered electors 1,608
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

Cam Vale

Cam Vale[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats S. Friar * 456 59.1 N/A
Conservative P. Sargent * 315 40.9 N/A
Majority 141 18.3 N/A
Turnout 46.7 N/A
Registered electors 1,652
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

Charminster & Cerne Valley

Charminster & Cerne Valley (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S. East * 1,012 74.2 N/A
Conservative A. Horsington 984
Independent L. Clarke 352 25.8 N/A
Turnout 41.0 N/A
Registered electors 3,334
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Charmouth

Charmouth[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent D. Newson * unopposed N/A N/A
Registered electors 1,475
Independent hold

Chesil Bank

Chesil Bank[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative T. Bartlett 494 61.1 N/A
Liberal Democrats I. Lewis 315 38.9 N/A
Majority 179 22.1 N/A
Turnout 45.6 +0.8
Registered electors 1,788
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

Chickerell

Chickerell (3 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats I. Gardner * 578 42.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats M. Rogers 557
Conservative M. Jolliffe 533 38.9 N/A
Liberal Democrats R. Denton-White 461
Conservative M. Dunseith 452
Conservative J. Wilson 392
Independent D. Smithson 259 18.9 N/A
Turnout 28.6 N/A
Registered electors 4,332
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Chideock & Symondsbury

Chideock & Symondsbury[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. Summers * 386 67.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats P. Morgan-Smith 186 32.5 N/A
Majority 200 35.0 N/A
Turnout 39.0 N/A
Registered electors 1,468
Conservative win (new seat)

Dorchester East

Dorchester East (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Enid Stella Jones * 734 59.1 +6.8
Liberal Democrats T. Harries * 620
Conservative R. Thorogood 508 40.9 +15.7
Conservative B. Parkhurst 503
Turnout 36.0 +4.1
Registered electors 3,548
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Dorchester North

Dorchester North (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andrew James Canning 550 38.8 +4.7
Independent A. Beard 481 33.9 N/A
Liberal Democrats R. Tarr 459
Conservative A. Parry 386 27.2 +7.7
Conservative J. Bell 362
Turnout 42.0 +2.2
Registered electors 2,938
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Independent gain from Independent Swing

Dorchester South

Dorchester South (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats M. Rennie * 760 57.1 N/A
Liberal Democrats R. Potter 639
Conservative R. Martindale 572 42.9 N/A
Conservative J. Halewood 567
Turnout 40.0 N/A
Registered electors 3,312
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

Dorchester West

Dorchester West (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent D. Barrett * 757 40.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats David Trevor Jones * 705 37.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats T. Parsley 616
Conservative I. Birt 406 21.7 N/A
Turnout 42.0 N/A
Registered electors 3,381
Independent win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

Frome Valley

Frome Valley[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent M. Penfold * unopposed N/A N/A
Registered electors 1,656
Independent hold

Halstock

Halstock[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent T. Frost * 462 63.3 –1.5
Liberal Democrats B. Dearlove 268 36.7 +1.5
Majority 194 26.6 –2.9
Turnout 49.0 +3.1
Registered electors 1,504
Independent hold Swing

Loders

Loders[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Roberts 298 50.1 N/A
Independent A. Brown 172 28.9 N/A
Liberal Democrats V. Barnes 125 21.0 N/A
Majority 126 21.2 N/A
Turnout 41.5 N/A
Registered electors 1,437
Conservative hold

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent O. Lovell * 510 N/A
Conservative K. Meech * 452 47.0 N/A
Independent P. Hicks 438 N/A
Independent S. Williams 397 N/A
Turnout 33.3 N/A
Registered electors 3,131
Independent win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Maiden Newton

Maiden Newton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent N. Patmore 357 51.6 N/A
Conservative P. Gregson 335 48.4 +20.8
Majority 22 3.2 N/A
Turnout 44.9 –0.6
Registered electors 1,549
Independent gain from Independent Swing

Marshwood Vale

Marshwood Vale[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative I. Gillespie * 407 50.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats H. Thomas * 394 49.2 N/A
Majority 13 1.6 N/A
Turnout 55.8 N/A
Registered electors 1,440
Conservative win (new seat)

Netherbury

Netherbury[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Alford 399 62.1 +10.1
Liberal Democrats R. Pawley 244 37.9 –10.1
Majority 155 24.1 +20.0
Turnout 43.0
Registered electors 1,512
Conservative hold Swing

Owermoigne

Owermoigne (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative T. Seall * 662 52.5 +6.2
Conservative D. Smy * 626
Independent R. Russell 600 47.5 N/A
Turnout 42.5 +2.6
Registered electors 2,774
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Piddle Valley

Piddle Valley[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S. Barker unopposed N/A N/A
Registered electors 1,618
Conservative hold

Puddletown

Puddletown[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent T. Pearce 290 36.4 +0.7
Conservative G. Harries * 277 34.8 –4.7
Independent I. Mayo * 229 28.8 N/A
Majority 13 1.6 N/A
Turnout 45.7 +3.0
Registered electors 1,762
Independent gain from Conservative Swing

Queen Thorne

Queen Thorne[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Andrew Gould unopposed N/A N/A
Registered electors 1,602
Conservative gain from Independent

Sherborne East

Sherborne East (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terence Peter Farmer * 628 43.7 +9.1
Conservative M. Clark 567
Green Jenny Susan Greene 467 32.5 N/A
Labour Robert James Bygrave 343 23.9 +3.8
Turnout 34.0 –6.4
Registered electors 3,308
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

Sherborne West

Sherborne West (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Robert Shorland * 731 56.4 N/A
Conservative Marjorie Snowden 660
Liberal Democrats Robin Andrew Shane Legg * 564 43.6 N/A
Turnout 33.6 N/A
Registered electors 3,509
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Winterborne St Martin

Winterborne St Martin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Stephen John Slade * 448 46.5 +18.7
Liberal Democrats D. Rickard 239 34.8 +5.7
Majority 209 30.4 +13.0
Turnout 41.6 –1.6
Registered electors 1,663
Independent hold Swing

Yetminster

Yetminster[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. House * 386 69.8 –0.7
Liberal Democrats S. Hewson 167 30.2 +0.7
Majority 219 39.6 –1.4
Turnout 41.3 –1.7
Registered electors 1,343
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of West Dorset (Electoral Changes) Order 2002. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  2. ^ "West Dorset". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag "West Dorset District Council Election Results 1973-2011" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 26 April 2020.