The 2003 Wokingham District Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Wokingham Unitary Council in Berkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Election result

18 seats were contested with the Liberal Democrats defending 10, the Conservatives 7, while 1 seat was held by an independent.[3] The results saw this situation turned round with the Conservatives winning 10 seats as compared to 8 for the Liberal Democrats.[4] The Conservatives gained seats from the Liberal Democrats in Emmbrook and Little Hungerford wards, while also recovering Sonning which had been held by an independent who had defected from the Conservatives.[4] There was controversy over the result in Whitegates when the Returning Officer initially read the results out as a Conservative gain, while the actual vote count was a Liberal Democrat hold.[3] Overall turnout in the election was 30.4%.[4]

The Conservatives described the results as an endorsement of their record, while the Liberal Democrats called them disappointing but were pleased that their vote share had increased from 2002.[3]

Wokingham Local Election Result 2003[2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 10 3 0 +3 55.6 48.4 14,234 -0.7%
  Liberal Democrats 8 0 2 -2 44.4 41.3 12,124 +2.9%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 7.1 2,087 -1.8%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 2.5 747 -0.1%
  Monster Raving Loony 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 188 +0.6%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 0 0 -0.9%

Ward results

Barkham[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pamela Stubbs 399 76.0 -4.9
Liberal Democrats Robert Bradshaw 65 12.4 +1.3
UKIP Jeremy Allison 61 11.6 +11.6
Majority 334 63.6 -6.2
Turnout 525 28.5 -2.0
Conservative hold Swing
Coronation[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Carol Jewell 847 43.3
Conservative Mark Wilkins 770 39.3
UKIP Amy Thornton 210 10.7
Labour Ian Hills 131 6.7
Majority 77 4.0
Turnout 1,958 34.3 -2.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Emmbrook[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ullakarim Clark 794 47.8 -3.9
Liberal Democrats Josephine Shockley 571 34.4 +2.0
UKIP Ann Davis 173 10.4 +1.7
Labour John Ferguson 123 7.4 +0.3
Majority 223 13.4 -5.9
Turnout 1,661 35.7 -3.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Evendons[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tina Marinos 1,210 48.2 +9.0
Conservative Christopher Bowring 1,130 45.0 -4.9
Labour John Baker 172 6.8 +0.9
Majority 80 3.2
Turnout 2,512 29.8 -1.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Finchampstead South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Muriel Long 897 67.7 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Roland Cundy 428 32.3 +3.8
Majority 469 35.4 -7.6
Turnout 1,325 28.5 -1.4
Conservative hold Swing
Little Hungerford[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Chopping 1,261 47.2 -3.6
Liberal Democrats Diana Buckley-Carpenter 1,219 45.6 +6.0
Labour Jacqueline Rupert 193 7.2 -2.4
Majority 42 1.6 -9.6
Turnout 2,673 33.3 -0.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Loddon[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Christopher Clacey 778 56.0 +8.1
Conservative Lee Clarke 410 29.5 -2.7
Labour Janice Kite 202 14.5 -0.6
Majority 368 26.5 +10.8
Turnout 1,390 21.8 -1.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Norreys[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Lee 1,230 66.3 +7.3
Liberal Democrats Michael Harper 382 20.6 +2.0
Labour Paul Sharples 243 13.1 -4.6
Majority 848 45.7 +5.3
Turnout 1,855 30.1 -3.5
Conservative hold Swing
Redhatch[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Fiona Rolls 1,389 44.5 -8.7
Conservative Norman Jorgensen 1,316 42.2 +5.4
Labour David Sharp 226 7.2 -2.9
Monster Raving Loony Peter Owen 188 6.0 +6.0
Majority 73 2.3 -14.1
Turnout 3,119 25.9 +1.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Remenham & Wargrave[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank Browne 828 67.1 -1.9
Liberal Democrats Lindsay Ferris 406 32.9 +1.9
Majority 422 34.2 -3.8
Turnout 1,234 36.5 -5.3
Conservative hold Swing
Shinfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barrie Patman 1,041 64.9 +1.0
Labour Jacqueline Pluves 293 18.3 +3.1
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Rowland 271 16.9 -4.0
Majority 748 46.6 +3.6
Turnout 1,605 26.8 -1.2
Conservative hold Swing
Sonning[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Rimell 376 71.8 -12.5
Liberal Democrats Robert Samuel 88 16.8 +7.8
UKIP Peter Williams 32 6.1 +6.1
Labour Michael Irving 28 5.3 -1.4
Majority 288 55.0 -19.7
Turnout 524 45.3 -0.1
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
South Lake[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Kay Gilder 804 76.1 +23.1
Conservative William Henderson 253 23.9 +4.1
Majority 551 52.2 +19.0
Turnout 1,057 23.7 -0.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Twyford & Ruscombe[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Christine Ferris 1,361 62.2 +0.6
Conservative John Jarvis 665 30.4 -0.4
Labour Roy Mantel 162 7.4 -0.2
Majority 696 31.8 +1.0
Turnout 2,188 38.0 -1.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Wescott[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Green 686 55.1 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Stephen Bacon 331 26.6 -10.5
Labour Anna Nemeth 116 9.3 -3.8
UKIP Franklin Carstairs 111 8.9 +8.9
Majority 355 28.5 +15.9
Turnout 1,244 32.9 -32.1
Conservative hold Swing
Whitegates[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats George Storry 666 58.8 +10.3
Conservative Abdul Loyes 268 23.7 -1.3
Labour Pippa White 198 17.5 -9.0
Majority 398 35.1 +13.1
Turnout 1,132 38.4 -29.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Winnersh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Prue Bray 947 49.7 +19.3
Conservative Anthony Hill 797 41.9 -8.1
UKIP Anthony Pollock 160 8.4 +8.4
Majority 150 7.8
Turnout 1,904 32.0 -2.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Wokingham Without[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Perry Lewis 1,113 75.5
Liberal Democrats Philip Bristow 361 24.5
Majority 752 51.0
Turnout 1,474 28.1
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Election 2003: full results and analysis". The guardian. London. Archived from the original on 27 August 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Local election results". Wokingham Borough Council. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Woky's true blue". Reading Evening Post. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Tories in true blue victory". getwokingham. 7 May 2003. Retrieved 12 January 2010.