Map of the results of the 2004 Worthing council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.
Map of the results of the 2004 Worthing council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

The 2004 Worthing Borough Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Worthing Borough Council in West Sussex, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election 2003 increasing the number of seats by 1.[1] The Conservative Party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.[2] Overall turnout was 38.23%.[3]

The campaign saw a debate between the two main parties on the council over development in Worthing and the fate of the local swimming pool Aquarina.[4] The results saw the Conservatives make significant gains from the Liberal Democrats to take power in Worthing.[5][6] The top Liberal Democrat to lose in the election was the leader of the council, Sheila Player, who came fourth in Selden ward and failed to be elected as a result.[5][6] The defeat for the Liberal Democrats was put down to anger over a warning that they might have to close the local museum, art gallery and swimming pool to save money.[5]

Election result

Worthing Local Election Result 2004[7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 26 +8 70.3 56.2 43,214 +4.4%
  Liberal Democrats 11 -7 29.7 36.8 28,324 -4.2%
  Green 0 0 0 3.9 2,967 -1.2%
  Labour 0 0 0 2.2 1,715 +0.1%
  Independent 0 0 0 0.4 338 +0.4%
  Stop! Durrington's over development 0 0 0 0.3 216 +0.3%
  Legalise Cannabis 0 0 0 0.2 173 +0.2%

Ward results

Broadwater (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Geraldine Lissenburg 1,054
Liberal Democrats Kevin Skepper 913
Liberal Democrats Donald Allen 902
Conservative Jennifer Cuer-Green 824
Conservative Ann Terry 787
Conservative David Lafferty 769
Green Benjamin Colkett 384
Labour John Turley 272
Turnout 5,905 33.8
Castle (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Claire Potter 1,093
Liberal Democrats Robin Rogers 1,090
Conservative John Rogers 1,081
Liberal Democrats Benjamin Bonetti 1,078
Conservative Gina Taylore 1,042
Conservative Ruth White 1,012
Turnout 6,396 37.6
Central (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Coppard 797
Conservative Clive Roberts 762
Liberal Democrats Mary Freeland 753
Liberal Democrats Maurice Tucker 721
Conservative Mary Lermitte 701
Liberal Democrats Janet Goldsbrough-Jones 700
Green Alice Hinton 377
Labour Peter Barnes 260
Turnout 5,071 33.3
Durrington (2)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Falk 744
Conservative Ann Sayers 677
Liberal Democrats Mark O'Keeffe 621
Liberal Democrats Keith Sunderland 580
Green John Dwyer 295
Turnout 2,917 37.6
Gaisford (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Margaret Barlow 1,014
Conservative Bryan Turner 1,000
Conservative Kenneth Brady 983
Liberal Democrats Peter Medcalf 914
Liberal Democrats Donald Lissenburg 909
Liberal Democrats Alan Rice 870
Green Marie Hillcoat 409
Labour Julia Young 274
Turnout 6,373 37.1
Goring (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick John 2,138
Conservative Fiona Green 2,055
Conservative Steven Waight 2,044
Liberal Democrats Stephen Paris 677
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Grace 611
Liberal Democrats Susan Withnell 606
Labour Karen Clayton 317
Turnout 8,448 47.1
Heene (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul High 1,121
Conservative John Livermore 1,116
Conservative George Stephens 1,080
Liberal Democrats Christine Allen 560
Liberal Democrats Alan Jones 492
Green Christopher Taylor 393
Liberal Democrats Christopher Ralls 387
Labour Niall Duffy 302
Legalise Cannabis Sarah Chalk 173
Turnout 5,624 35.6
Marine (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joan Bradley 1,713
Conservative Keith Mercer 1,640
Conservative Tom Wye 1,637
Liberal Democrats Susan Millard 586
Liberal Democrats Patricia Izod 499
Green Lucielle Colkett 488
Liberal Democrats Brian Stephenson 469
Labour Barrie Slater 290
Turnout 7,322 42.6
Northbrook (2)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mary Harding 410
Conservative Alan Whiteley 367
Liberal Democrats Val Capon 288
Liberal Democrats Merlin Jones 247
Stop! Durrington's over development Dawn Smith 216
Green Thelma Brown 165
Turnout 1,693 27.7
Offington (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark McCarthy 1,857
Conservative Graham Fabes 1,837
Conservative Reg Green 1,828
Liberal Democrats Paul Daniels 674
Liberal Democrats David Moynan 567
Liberal Democrats Maria Moynan 559
Turnout 7,322 43.3
Salvington (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jacqui Marsh 1,656
Conservative Noel Atkins 1,617
Conservative Heather Mercer 1,517
Liberal Democrats Iona Baker 725
Liberal Democrats Samantha O'Keeffe 638
Liberal Democrats Stephen Bates 630
Green Derek Colkett 456
Turnout 7,239 38.7
Selden (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jack Saheid 1,185
Liberal Democrats James Doyle 1,161
Liberal Democrats Christine Brown 1,149
Liberal Democrats Sheila Player 1,108
Conservative David Turner 1,038
Conservative Sarah-Jane King 1,025
Turnout 6,666 40.7
Tarring (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Lovell 1,247
Liberal Democrats Hazel Thorpe 1,169
Liberal Democrats Bob Smytherman 1,077
Conservative Kate Brady 725
Conservative David Ide 709
Conservative Geoffrey Bird 706
Independent Ian Sandell 338
Turnout 5,971 36.1

References

  1. ^ "Worthing council". BBC News Online. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Ballot box". The Times. 12 June 2004. p. 26.
  3. ^ "Elections 2006 - Local". Worthing Borough Council. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
  4. ^ Henley, Peter (4 June 2004). "South: Real opposition?". BBC News Online. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Local elections: Libdems routed in Worthing". The Argus. 14 June 2004. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Tories celebrate landslide victory". Worthing Herald. 11 June 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Worthing Borough Council elections 10 June 2004" (PDF). Political Science Resources. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2009.