Map of the results of the 2006 Basingstoke and Deane council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Labour in red and independent in white. Wards in grey were not contested in 2006.
Map of the results of the 2006 Basingstoke and Deane council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Labour in red and independent in white. Wards in grey were not contested in 2006.

The 2006 Basingstoke and Deane Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in Hampshire, 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

At the previous election in 2004 the Conservatives were the largest party on the council with 28 seats, but the council was run by an alliance between the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties who had led the council for the previous 11 years.[3] Between them the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties had 28 seats, while the balance was held by 4 Independents.[3]

Between 2004 and 2006 one of the independent councillors, Ian Powney, joined the Liberal Democrats.[3] However he resigned from the council before the election, along with his fellow Liberal Democrat Gill Nethercott.[3] This meant 22 seats were contested in the 2006 election, with 2 by-elections in Popley East and Whitchurch.[3]

Campaign

As well as the 2 councillors who had resigned from the council before the election, a further 3 Conservatives councillors stood down at the election, Alan Denness, Andy Hewitt and Michael Ross.[3] Candidates in the election included candidates from the Green Party for the first time in Basingstoke and Deane,[4] as well as the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties and 1 Independent.[3]

In the run up to the election the national Conservative leader David Cameron visited Basingstoke to campaign for his party in the local election.[5]

Election result

The results saw the Conservatives gain 2 seats to hold half of the seats on the council.[4] The Conservatives gained Basing from the Liberal Democrats and Winklebury from Labour.[4] Meanwhile, Labour regained Popley East from the Liberal Democrats, after the former councillor Ian Powney stood down at the election.[4] This meant the governing Liberal Democrat and Labour alliance was reduced to 27 seats, with the Liberal Democrats on 15 and Labour on 12, while independents remained on 3 seats.[4]

Following the election the Conservatives took control of the council after winning the vote for council leader by 30 votes to 26.[6] Conservative John Leek became the new leader of the council after 2 of the 3 independents abstained, along with 2 Labour councillors, the new mayor Tony Jones and Sean Keating.[6] One of the independents who abstained, David Leeks, became a member of the new council cabinet, while the third independent had backed the continuation of the previous Liberal Democrat and Labour administration.[6]

Basingstoke and Deane Local Election Result 2006[7][2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 10 2 0 +2 45.5 49.7 18,142 -0.8%
  Liberal Democrats 8 0 2 -2 36.4 30.5 11,114 +3.1%
  Labour 3 1 1 0 13.6 15.6 5,678 -2.2%
  Independent 1 0 0 0 4.5 2.8 1,011 -1.4%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.5 538 +1.5%

Ward results

Basing[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sven Godesden 1,724 55.2 +10.3
Liberal Democrats Alan Read 1,239 39.6 -15.5
Labour Leslie Clarke 162 5.2 +5.2
Majority 485 15.6
Turnout 3,125 49 +1
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Brighton Hill North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sheila Rowland 639 58.9 +4.1
Conservative Richard Court 317 29.2 -2.9
Labour Elizabeth Orton 129 11.9 -1.2
Majority 322 29.7 +7.1
Turnout 1,085 31 -2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Brighton Hill South[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Barnes 471 45.6 +2.3
Conservative John Loveys Jervoise 303 29.3 +4.8
Labour Stephen Wyeth 259 25.1 -7.1
Majority 168 16.3 +5.3
Turnout 1,033 27 -5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Brookvale and Kings Furlong[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Shaw 699 52.4 -10.3
Conservative Hayley Eachus 356 26.7 +5.6
Labour Philip Courtenay 196 14.7 -1.5
Green Michael Sparrow 83 6.2 +6.2
Majority 343 25.7 -15.9
Turnout 1,334 35 +8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Burghclere[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Lewin 626 69.8 +13.3
Liberal Democrats Anthony Davies 239 26.6 -16.9
Labour Patricia Wickremeratne 32 3.6 +3.6
Majority 387 43.1 +30.0
Turnout 897 46 +0
Conservative hold Swing
Chineham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Martin Biermann 1,011 54.2 +54.2
Conservative Rebecca Downes 722 38.7 -28.4
Labour Eileen Cavanagh 133 7.1 -1.0
Majority 289 15.5
Turnout 1,866 34 -3
Independent hold Swing
East Woodhay[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clive Sanders 746 82.4 +10.2
Liberal Democrats Jacqueline Lessware 126 13.9 -13.9
Labour Upali Wickremeratne 33 3.6 +3.6
Majority 620 68.5 +24.1
Turnout 905 43 +8
Conservative hold Swing
Eastrop[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Graham Parker 639 54.8 +2.1
Conservative Gordon Pirie 308 26.4 -8.1
Labour Philip Howe 129 11.1 -1.7
Green Darren Shirley 90 7.7 +7.7
Majority 331 28.4 +10.2
Turnout 1,166 36 -5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Grove[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ronald Hussey 1,267 61.6 +10.3
Conservative Robert Taylor 697 33.9 -6.4
Labour Hema Krishan 93 4.5 -3.8
Majority 570 27.7 -13.7
Turnout 2,057 47 +6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Hatch Warren and Beggarwood[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Heath 1,460 69.1 +4.1
Liberal Democrats Roger Barnard 404 19.1 -15.9
Labour Julie Worthington 249 11.8 +11.8
Majority 1,056 50.0 +19.9
Turnout 2,113 31 -2
Conservative hold Swing
Highclere and Bourne[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Mitchell 779 70.1 +2.9
Liberal Democrats Pauleen Malone 253 22.8 -10.0
Labour David Cavangh 80 7.2 +7.2
Majority 526 47.3 +13.0
Turnout 1,112 48 +1
Conservative hold Swing
Kempshott[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Wilhelmine Court 1,820 71.6 -0.3
Liberal Democrats Thomas Mitchell 387 15.2 +15.2
Labour Colin Regan 336 13.2 -14.9
Majority 1,433 56.4 +12.7
Turnout 2,543 42 +1
Conservative hold Swing
Kingsclere[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Rhatigan 1,267 79.9 +14.6
Labour James Gibb 185 11.7 -3.2
Liberal Democrats Roger Ward 134 8.4 -11.4
Majority 1,082 68.2 +22.7
Turnout 1,586 43 +11
Conservative hold Swing
Norden[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Hood 1,023 56.5 +8,4
Conservative Nigel McNair Scott 527 29.1 -3.1
Liberal Democrats Richard Whitechurch 261 14.4 -5.3
Majority 496 27.4 +11.6
Turnout 1,811 32 +2
Labour hold Swing
Oakley and North Waltham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cecilia Morrison 1,616 64.3 -4.4
Liberal Democrats John Burbidge-King 896 35.7 +12.9
Majority 720 28.7 -17.2
Turnout 2,512 45 +2
Conservative hold Swing
Overton, Laverstoke and Steventon[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Paula Baker 1,152 64.0 +34.9
Conservative Marion Jones 547 30.4 +18.1
Labour Warwick Dady 100 5.6 +5.6
Majority 605 33.6
Turnout 1,799 51 +7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Pamber[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Chapman 683 73.0 -0.7
Liberal Democrats Stephen Day 103 11.0 +11.0
Labour Stephen Rothman 87 9.3 -17.0
Green Christopher Alliston 62 6.6 +6.6
Majority 580 62.0 +14.6
Turnout 935 44 +5
Conservative hold Swing
Popley East[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Brian 490 51.7 +23.8
Conservative Stephen McConnell 300 31.6 +19.2
Liberal Democrats Michael Berwick-Gooding 158 16.7 +11.0
Majority 190 20.1
Turnout 948 29 -4
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
South Ham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerald Traynor 1,056 53.4 +7.1
Conservative Ronald Collins 703 35.5 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Stephen Whitechurch 220 11.1 -7.0
Majority 353 17.8 +7.1
Turnout 1,979 36 +2
Labour hold Swing
Whitchurch (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alison Wall 968
Liberal Democrats John Wall 859
Conservative William Judge 711
Conservative Henry Du Val de Beaulieu 612
Green Paul Skinner 180
Green Stephen Climpson 123
Labour Roger Bailey 69
Labour Stanley Parry 48
Turnout 3,570 48 +12
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Winklebury[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Donnell 1,318 62.6 +2.2
Labour Christopher Connor 789 37.4 -2.2
Majority 529 25.1 +4.2
Turnout 2,107 43 +0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

References

  1. ^ "Local elections: Basingstoke & Deane". BBC News Online. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Local elections 2006" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 10 May 2006. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Race to capture residents' votes". Southern Daily Echo. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Tories close to grip on power". Southern Daily Echo. 11 May 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Cameron delivers election injection". Southern Daily Echo. 10 April 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b c Martin, Kate (8 June 2006). "Tories take control". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Ward Election Results - 4 May 2006". Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
Preceded by
2004 Basingstoke and Deane Council election
Basingstoke and Deane local elections Succeeded by
2007 Basingstoke and Deane Council election