2004 Harlow District Council election
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11 of the 33 seats to Harlow District Council
17 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats
Last election 12 9 12
Seats before 13 9 10
Seats won 4 5 2
Seats after 13 11 9
Seat change Steady Increase2 Decrease1
Popular vote 6,531 6,812 4,494
Percentage 31.7% 33.1% 21.8%

  Fourth party
 
Party Independent
Last election 0
Seats before 1
Seats won 0
Seats after 0
Seat change Decrease1
Popular vote 2,399
Percentage 11.6%

Map showing the results of contested wards in the 2004 Harlow District Council elections.

Council control before election

No overall control

Council control after election

No overall control

The 2004 Harlow District Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Harlow District Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background

After the last election in 2003 both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had 12 seats, while Labour had 9 councillors.[3] However, in July 2003 councillor Jane Steer defected from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives, making the Conservatives the largest group on the council for the first time in almost 50 years with 13 seats.[4] The joint administration between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats continued to run the council.[4]

Meanwhile, in January 2004 the Liberal Democrat group on the council expelled Matthew Shepherd from the party's group on the council.[5]

Election result

Overall turnout at the election was 37%.[6]

Harlow local election result 2004[2][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 5 2 0 Increase2 45.5 33.1 6,812 Decrease5.2
  Conservative 4 0 0 Steady 36.4 31.7 6,531 Decrease1.0
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 1 Decrease1 18.2 21.8 4,494 Decrease6.0
  Independent 0 0 1 Decrease1 0 11.6 2,399 Increase11.6
  UKIP 0 0 0 Steady 0 1.8 364 Increase1.8

Ward results

Bush Fair

Location of Bush Fair ward
Location of Bush Fair ward
Bush Fair[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Eschle 751 34.9 -8.8
Liberal Democrats Christopher Robins 690 32.1 -14.4
Conservative Guy Mitchinson 383 17.8 +8.0
Independent William Henderson 325 15.1 +15.1
Majority 61 2.8
Turnout 2,149 40.2 +8.9
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Church Langley

Location of Church Langley ward
Location of Church Langley ward
Church Langley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon Carter 1,073 61.6 -6.6
Liberal Democrats Linda Pailing 400 22.9 +5.6
Labour Kenneth Lawrie 270 15.5 +1.0
Majority 683 38.7 -12.2
Turnout 1,743 30.5 +8.0
Conservative hold Swing

Great Parndon

Location of Great Parndon ward
Location of Great Parndon ward
Great Parndon[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Johnson 775 40.0 -9.3
Labour Suzanne Ennifer 612 31.6 -4.3
Independent Raymond Statham 332 17.1 +17.1
Liberal Democrats Ian Rideout 220 11.3 -3.4
Majority 163 8.4 -5.0
Turnout 1,939 38.9 +8.0
Conservative hold Swing

Harlow Common

Location of Harlow Common ward
Location of Harlow Common ward
Harlow Common[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gregory Peck 785 39.1 -15.4
Conservative Pamela Norton 654 32.6 +2.2
Independent Gary Roberts 308 15.3 +15.3
Liberal Democrats Clive Enders 262 13.0 -2.1
Majority 131 6.5 -17.6
Turnout 2,009 38.1 +9.0
Labour hold Swing

Little Parndon & Hare Street

Location of Little Parndon and Hare Street ward
Location of Little Parndon and Hare Street ward
Little Parndon & Hare Street[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Jesse 869 46.7 -2.5
Conservative Lee Dangerfield 589 31.6 +11.2
Liberal Democrats John Steer 404 21.7 -4.2
Majority 280 15.1 -8.2
Turnout 1,862 37.2 +6.2
Labour hold Swing

Mark Hall

Location of Mark Hall ward
Location of Mark Hall ward
Mark Hall[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sean Folan 800 38.9 +0.7
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Macy 584 28.4 -16.4
Conservative Christopher Lane 381 18.5 +5.1
Independent Katrina Ray 290 14.1 +14.1
Majority 216 10.5
Turnout 2,055 42.9 +9.3
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Netteswell

Location of Netteswell ward
Location of Netteswell ward
Netteswell[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ian Jackson 627 34.1 -15.7
Labour Feroz Khan 448 24.3 -8.2
UKIP Anthony Bennett 364 19.8 +19.8
Conservative Andrew Shannon 260 14.1 +1.8
Independent Dean Weston 141 7.7 +7.7
Majority 179 9.8 -7.5
Turnout 1,840 36.4 +7.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Old Harlow

Location of Old Harlow ward
Location of Old Harlow ward
Old Harlow[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Muriel Jolles 748 37.7 -18.6
Independent Colleen Morrison 534 26.9 +26.9
Labour Paul Sztumpf 496 25.0 -4.9
Liberal Democrats Simon MacNeill 208 10.5 -3.3
Majority 214 10.8 -15.6
Turnout 1,986 42.4 +7.9
Conservative hold Swing

Staple Tye

Location of Staple Tye ward
Location of Staple Tye ward
Staple Tye[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Susan Lawton 583 38.2 -17.0
Labour Caroline Carter 402 26.3 +0.1
Conservative Peter Dobson 361 23.7 +5.1
Independent David Lambert 180 11.8 +11.8
Majority 181 11.9 -17.1
Turnout 1,526 32.4 +9.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Sumners and Kingsmoor

Location of Summers and Kingsmoor ward
Location of Summers and Kingsmoor ward
Sumners and Kingsmoor[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Goddard 783 46.0 -2.2
Labour Robert Long 623 36.6 -1.5
Liberal Democrats Kuzna Jackson 295 17.3 +3.6
Majority 160 9.4 -0.7
Turnout 1,701 33.5 +8.1
Conservative hold Swing

Toddbrook

Location of Toddbrook ward
Location of Toddbrook ward
Toddbrook[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Brooks 756 42.2 -6.6
Conservative Paul Richardson 524 29.3 -7.3
Independent Rex Amor 289 16.1 +16.1
Liberal Democrats Paul Westlake 221 12.3 -2.3
Majority 232 12.9 +0.7
Turnout 1,790 35.4 +5.8
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Harlow council". BBC News Online. 11 June 2004. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "How the southeast voted in the district council polls". London Evening Standard. NewsBank. 11 June 2004.
  3. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b Scotchbrook, Eleanor (30 July 2003). "Lib Dem defection rocks council". Harlow Citizen. NewsBank.
  5. ^ "News Release from the Liberal Democrats on Harlow District Council". Harlow Liberal Democrats. 12 January 2004. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Election results". Harlow District Council. 11 June 2004. Archived from the original on 22 October 2004. Retrieved 31 December 2014.