Map of the results of the 2006 Worthing council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.
Map of the results of the 2006 Worthing council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

The 2006 Worthing Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Worthing Borough Council in West Sussex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

The results saw the Conservatives suffer a net loss of three seats to the Liberal Democrats although they remained in control of the council.[2] The Liberal Democrats gained a seat in Gaisford and Northbrook wards and both seats in Durrington, with the winner in Northbrook, Diane Jones, becoming the youngest female councillor in Worthing at the age of 22.[3] However the Conservatives narrowly gained a seat back in Central ward.[3] After the results were declared an investigation was ordered when 452 ballots were spoilt in just the one ward of Offington as compared to an average of 30 in other wards.[3]

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Election result

Worthing local election result 2006[5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 7 1 3 -3 50.0 52.2 14,364 -4.0%
  Liberal Democrats 7 4 1 +3 50.0 38.7 10,659 +1.9%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 4.6 1,279 +0.7%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 2.6 718 +2.6%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 1.9 511 -0.3%

Ward results

Broadwater[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sheila Player 1,126 52.2
Conservative Simon Studd 766 35.5
Green Derek Colkett 267 12.4
Majority 360 16.7
Turnout 2,159 33.3 -0.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Castle[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Rogers 999 47.3
Liberal Democrats David Potter 884 41.9
Green Julian Warrick 228 10.8
Majority 115 5.4
Turnout 2,111 34.7 -2.9
Conservative hold Swing
Central[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Yallop 773 41.6
Liberal Democrats Janet Goldsbrough-Jones 702 37.8
Green Lucielle Colkett 218 11.7
Labour Peter Barnes 164 8.8
Majority 71 3.8
Turnout 1,857 30.0 -3.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Durrington (2)[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Keith Sutherland 805
Liberal Democrats Michael Donin 794
Conservative Mark Withers 771
Conservative Ann Sayers 768
Turnout 3,138 36.1
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Gaisford[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alan Rice 969 44.5
Conservative Kenneth Brady 914 42.0
Green Marie Hillcoat 295 13.5
Majority 55 2.5
Turnout 2,178 33.3 -3.8
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Goring[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steven Waight 1,807 66.3
Liberal Democrats Christine Allen 546 20.0
UKIP Richard Bater 372 13.7
Majority 1,261 46.3
Turnout 2,725 41.2
Conservative hold Swing
Heene[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carol Molineaux 1,098 62.0
Liberal Democrats Alan Jones 674 38.0
Majority 424 24.0
Turnout 1,772 30.6 -5.0
Conservative hold Swing
Marine[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Wye 1,489 60.0
Liberal Democrats Chris Baker 383 15.4
Green Tracey Thompson 271 10.9
Labour Barrie Slater 173 7.0
UKIP Philip Ruddock 166 6.7
Majority 1,106 44.6
Turnout 2,482 38.3 -4.3
Conservative hold Swing
Northbrook[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Diane Jones 404 54.5
Conservative Mark O'Keeffe 337 45.5
Majority 67 9.0
Turnout 741 22.1 -5.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Offington[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reg Green 1,476 74.7
Liberal Democrats Norah Fisher 501 25.3
Majority 975 49.4
Turnout 1,977 39.1 -4.2
Conservative hold Swing
Salvington[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Heather Mercer 1,643 70.8
Liberal Democrats Michael Cranefield 679 29.2
Majority 964 41.6
Turnout 2,322 33.2 -5.5
Conservative hold Swing
Selden[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Christine Brown 1,043 53.5
Conservative Roger Oakley 905 46.5
Majority 138 7.0
Turnout 1,948 33.1 -7.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Tarring[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Bob Smytherman 1,149 54.2
Conservative David Ide 618 29.1
UKIP Christopher Woodward 180 8.5
Labour Sidney Wells 174 8.2
Majority 531 25.1
Turnout 2,121 33.5 -2.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Local elections: Worthing". BBC News Online. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Tories win Crawley after 30 years". BBC News Online. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Worthing election – the results, reactions and cakes". Worthing Herald. 8 May 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Local elections". The Times. 5 May 2006. p. 9.
  5. ^ Wilson, Graeme (5 May 2006). "Conservatives Cameron's crusade puts Tories back on victory trail". The Daily Telegraph. p. 4.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Elections 2006 – Local". Worthing Borough Council. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Local elections – the results". Worthing Herald. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2009.