Map of the results of the 2006 West Lancashire council election. Conservatives in blue and Labour in red. Wards in grey were not contested in 2006.

The 2006 West Lancashire District Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of West Lancashire District Council in Lancashire, 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:

Party Seats   ±  
Conservative 33 +3
Labour 22 -3

[2]

Campaign

Before the election the Conservatives ran the council with a 4-seat majority over the Labour party.[3] Most seats only had Conservative and Labour party candidates, with no Liberal Democrats standing in the election.[3]

The Conservatives focused their campaign on crime and the environment, while targeting the Labour held wards of Burscough East, Burscough West and Scott.[3] However Labour targeted the Conservative wards of Derby, Newburgh and Parbold, while criticising the Conservatives for holding a failed vote on transferring council housing.[3]

Election result

The results saw the Conservatives increase their control of the council, which they had held since 2002.[4] They gained 3 seats from Labour in Burscough East, Burscough West and Scott wards,[5] with the Labour leader on the council, Alan Bullen, saying that it had "not been a good night".[4]

Overall turnout in the election was 32.2%, which was up on 2003 but down from 2004.[4]

West Lancashire Local Election Result 2006[2][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 13 3 0 +3 72.2 59.6 13,649 +12.2%
  Labour 5 0 3 -3 27.8 34.4 7,869 -2.5%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 4.5 1,021 +1.2%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 1.5 344 -10.2%
  Clause 28 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 16 +0.1%

Ward results

Ashurst

Ashurst[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Duffy 774 68.3 +10.9
Conservative Richard Shepherd 360 31.7 +10.9
Majority 414 36.6 +1.1
Turnout 1,134 23.1 -10.3
Labour hold Swing

Aughton and Downholland

Aughton and Downholland[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David O'Toole 1,271 75.2 -2.2
Labour Gordon Rankin 419 24.8 +2.2
Majority 852 50.4 -4.4
Turnout 1,690 36.8 -12.6
Conservative hold Swing

Aughton Park

Aughton Park[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Grant 912 79.9 +1.9
Labour Derek Latham 230 20.1 -1.9
Majority 682 59.8 +3.8
Turnout 1,142 36.3 +8.0
Conservative hold Swing

Burscough East

Burscough East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ruth Melling 833 66.2 +5.6
Labour Mary Whitby 426 33.8 -5.6
Majority 407 32.4 +11.2
Turnout 1,259 38.0 -11.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Burscough West

Burscough West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Griffiths 821 55.9 +3.7
Labour Kathryn Anderson 649 44.1 -3.7
Majority 172 14.8 +10.4
Turnout 1,470 37.0 -4.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Derby

Derby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Greenall 867 57.9 +12.4
Labour Jonathan Sockett 394 26.3 +1.0
Green Anne Doyle 237 15.8 +9.1
Majority 473 31.6 +11.4
Turnout 1,498 32.2 -14.8
Conservative hold Swing

Hesketh-with-Becconsall

Hesketh-with-Becconsall[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Ashcroft 844 85.0 +21.2
Labour Christopher Mawdsley 149 15.0 +15.0
Majority 695 70.0 +42.4
Turnout 993 31.4 -11.4
Conservative hold Swing

Knowsley

Knowsley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Valerie Hopley 1,062 62.6 +1.2
Labour Charles Cavaghan 409 24.1 -5.3
Green John Watt 225 13.3 +4.1
Majority 653 38.5 +6.5
Turnout 1,696 36.9 -12.3
Conservative hold Swing

Moorside

Moorside[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patricia Carson 505 79.7 -2.6
Conservative Carolyn Evans 129 20.3 +2.6
Majority 376 59.4 -5.2
Turnout 634 21.8 -7.4
Labour hold Swing

Newburgh

Newburgh[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Pope 620 79.2 +7.0
Labour Jacqueline Citarella 163 20.8 -7.0
Majority 457 58.4 +14.0
Turnout 783 45.1
Conservative hold Swing

North Meols

North Meols[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Baldock 620 56.5 +7.6
Independent Joan Draper 243 22.2 -14.0
Labour Sarah Keegan 126 11.5 -3.3
Green Nicholas Kemp 108 9.8 +9.8
Majority 377 34.3 +21.6
Turnout 1,097 22.0 -2.7
Conservative hold Swing

Parbold

Parbold[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Collinson 980 74.5 +15.7
Labour Clare Gillard 335 25.5 +11.1
Majority 645 49.0 +17.0
Turnout 1,315 41.2 +0.9
Conservative hold Swing

Scarisbrick

Scarisbrick[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Cropper 853 69.5 -2.5
Labour Shan Annis 209 17.0 -11.0
Green Geoffery Barnes 166 13.5 +13.5
Majority 644 52.5 +8.5
Turnout 1,228 39.7 +13.1
Conservative hold Swing

Scott

Scott[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Meadows 863 47.2 -0.9
Labour Noel Delaney 650 35.6 -2.2
Green Maurice George 197 10.8 -3.3
Independent Kenneth Walters 101 5.5 +5.5
Clause 28 David Braid 16 0.9 +0.9
Majority 213 11.6 +1.3
Turnout 1,827 39.4 -7.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Skelmersdale South

Skelmersdale South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David McKay 922 76.0 +12.4
Conservative Susan Cropper 291 24.0 +4.3
Majority 631 52.0 +8.1
Turnout 1,213 23.7 -10.2
Labour hold Swing

Tanhouse

Tanhouse[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Pendleton 482 64.4 -11.9
Conservative Irene O'Donnell 179 23.9 +0.2
Green Martin Lowe 88 11.7 +11.7
Majority 303 40.5 -12.1
Turnout 749 21.4 +5.1
Labour hold Swing

Tarleton

Tarleton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Kay 1,371 86.0 +22.1
Labour Pauline Roughley 223 14.0 +14.0
Majority 1,148 72.0 +44.2
Turnout 1,594 35.3 -15.2
Conservative hold Swing

Up Holland

Up Holland[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Phythian 804 51.0 +3.0
Conservative Ruth Pollock 773 49.0 +13.5
Majority 31 2.0 -10.5
Turnout 1,577 31.5 -13.7
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Local elections: West Lancashire". BBC News Online. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Local elections". The Times. 5 May 2006. p. 9.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tories defend gains in West Lancs". Liverpool Echo. 28 April 2006. p. 26.
  4. ^ a b c "Labour go on attack". Liverpool Echo. 5 May 2006. p. 2.
  5. ^ "Tories tighten grip; West Lancashire". Liverpool Daily Post. 5 May 2006. p. 3.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "District Councils Election Results 2006" (PDF). West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 15 April 2010.