Map of the results of the 2003 West Somerset District Council election. Conservatives in blue, independents in grey, Labour in red and Liberal Democrats in yellow.
Map of the results of the 2003 West Somerset District Council election. Conservatives in blue, independents in grey, Labour in red and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

The 2003 West Somerset District Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of West Somerset District Council in Somerset, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

Election result

West Somerset local election result 2003[2][3]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 18 3 3 0 58.1 42.1 7,157 -1.9%
  Independent 9 2 3 -1 29.0 29.2 4,959 +15.9%
  Labour 2 0 0 0 6.5 16.7 2,837 -8.9%
  Liberal Democrats 2 1 0 +1 6.5 10.7 1,823 -5.6%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 217 +1.3%

5 Conservatives, 2 independents and 1 Liberal Democrat were unopposed at the election.[2] One of the independent councillors, Michael Gammon, took the Conservative whip.[3]

Ward results

Alcombe East (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jamie Anderson 265
Conservative Nicolas Messarra 262
Labour Valerie Welch 138
Labour Marcus Kravis 108
Turnout 773 20.9 -3.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Alcombe West (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Simon Stokes 379
Labour Ivor Gibbon 368
Conservative John Hickman 285
Conservative Pamela Hawkins 248
Turnout 1,280 34.8 -4.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Aville Vale[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Webber 361 78.5
Independent Andrew Kelsey 98 21.4
Majority 263 57.3
Turnout 459 49.2
Conservative hold Swing
Brompton Ralph and Haddon[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent David Gliddon 203 60.2 -23.6
Conservative Geoffrey Day 134 39.8 +39.8
Majority 69 20.5 -47.0
Turnout 337 44.9 +6.3
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Carhampton and Withycombe[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Humber unopposed
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Crowcombe and Stogumber[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Vivian Brewer unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Dulverton and Brushford (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Keith Ross 718
Independent Michael Gammon 650
Labour Susan Gibb 172
Turnout 1,540 52.5
Independent hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Dunster[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bryan Leaker 207 60.2 +10.8
Independent John Walker 72 20.9 -29.7
Labour John Dore 65 18.9 +18.9
Majority 135 39.2
Turnout 344 50.4 +3.5
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Exmoor[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steven Pugsley unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Minehead North (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christine Lawrence 551
Conservative Ann Foxhuntley 428
Conservative Keith Parkes 428
Labour David Ross 356
Labour John McGee 324
Liberal Democrats Susan Jenkins 207
Labour Thomas Welch 207
UKIP Marilyn Berrey 150
Turnout 2,651 37.5 -1.9
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Minehead South (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Martyn Snell 621
Conservative Terry Venner 608
Conservative Colin Hill 590
Conservative Ernest Taylor 514
Liberal Democrats Ian Galloway 480
Labour Ian Grady 306
Turnout 3,119 41.2 -12.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Old Cleeve (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pamela Driver unopposed
Independent John Nethercott unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Porlock and District (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Padgett unopposed
Conservative Angela Palmer unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Quantock Vale (2)[2][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terence Ayre 449
Conservative Mary Crowley 364
Independent Keith Turpin 353
Turnout 1,166 41.8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Quarme[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Frederick Rawle unopposed
Independent hold Swing
Watchet (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Knight 555
Independent Jennifer Hill 464
Independent David Banks 438
Labour Adrian Rowe 414
Independent Sally De Renzy-Martin 389
Liberal Democrats Anthony Bowden 348
Conservative Loretta Whetlor 288
Liberal Democrats Emily Booker 167
Turnout 3,063 41.6 +5.7
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Independent hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
West Quantock[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barbara Child 302 56.2
Independent Jim Laflin 235 43.8
Majority 67 12.5
Turnout 537 53.0
Conservative hold Swing
Williton (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Hugh Davies 707
Independent Edwin May 361
Independent John Holden 271
Conservative David Wilson 164
Conservative Rosemary Woods 154
UKIP Kenneth Matthews 67
Turnout 1,724 45.9 +4.4
Independent hold Swing
Independent gain from Conservative Swing

By-elections between 2003 and 2007

Old Cleeve By-election 7 July 2005[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Jessica Griffith 468 72.7
Conservative Roy Harbour 136 21.1
Labour John Garland 40 6.2
Majority 332 51.6
Turnout 644 35.0
Independent hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "West Somerset District Council - May 2003". West Somerset Council. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Results of District Council elections". Somerset County Gazette. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Results for the District Council Elections - 1 May 2003". West Somerset District Council. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2011.