2007 local election results in Calderdale
2007 local election results in Calderdale

Elections to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 3 May 2007 with the exception of the Warley ward which was postponed until 14 June 2007 due to the sudden death of one of the candidates. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control with a minority Conservative administration. The total turnout of the election was 38.01% (51,586 voters of an electorate of 135,729). The winning candidate in each ward is highlighted in bold.[1][2][3]

Brighouse Councillor Nick Yates, who had left the Conservative Party in 2006 to become an Independent, joined the Liberal Democrats in the summer of 2007.[4]

The table below summarises the results of the 2007 local government election. Each party is ordered by number of votes registered. 17 of the 51 seats were up for re-election.

Council results

Percentage change calculated compared to the previous election's results.

Calderdale[5]
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Conservative 15 7 1 1 0 41.2 28.6 15,592 Decrease0.2
  Labour 17 4 1 0 Increase1 23.5 24.7 13,494 Increase1.2
  Liberal Democrats 17 6 1 1 0 35.3 24.6 13,424 Decrease0.5
  BNP 13 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 10.8 5,904 Decrease0.1
  English Democrat 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 3.5 1,891 Increase3.5
  Independent 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 3.0 1,661 Decrease6.1
  Green 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 2.7 1,459 Increase0.2
  Respect 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 2.1 1,147 Increase0.2

Council Composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

18 16 10 4 2 1
Conservative Lib Dem Labour Ind BN ED

After the election the composition of the council was:

18 16 11 4 1 1
Conservative Lib Dem Labour Ind BN ED
Party Previous council New council
Conservative 18 18
Liberal Democrats 16 16
Labour 10 11
Independent 4 4
BNP 2 1
English Democrat 1 1
Total 51 51

Ward results

Percentage change calculated compared to the last time these candidates stood for election.

Brighouse ward

Brighouse ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joyce Cawthra 1,274 38.46 -8.32
Labour Daniel Alan Coll 1,023 30.88 +3.19
Liberal Democrats Luke William Wickham 372 11.23 +1.94
BNP Jane Shooter 361 10.89 +10.89
English Democrat Richard Thomas Langford 282 8.51 +8.51
Majority 251 7.57 -
Turnout 3,312 39.15 -11.3
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was Joyce Cawthra for the Conservative Party.

Calder ward

Calder ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David William O'Neill 1,331 39.07 +3.08
Labour Stewart Brown 1,254 36.81 +10.94
Green Ruby Rose Joy Berridge 821 24.10 +14.29
Majority 77 2.26 -
Turnout 3,406 39.14 -13.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The incumbent was Michael Taylor for the Liberal Democrats.

Elland ward

Elland ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Diane Park 1,318 48.72 -0.56
Conservative John Foran 586 21.66 -12.12
English Democrat Michael John Clarke 408 15.08 +15.08
Labour Marion Simone Batten 393 14.52 -2.38
Majority 732 27.06 -
Turnout 2,705 33.56 -7.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The incumbent was Edgar Waller for the Liberal Democrats.

Greetland and Stainland ward

Greetland and Stainland ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Joseph Wardhaugh 1,607 53.33 -0.29
Conservative Christian Corkish 714 23.69 -6.36
Labour Pamela Margaret Fellows 288 9.55 -2.31
BNP Paddy Hall 251 8.33 +8.33
Green Mark Richard Mullany 153 5.07 +0.65
Majority 893 29.63 -
Turnout 3,013 36.25 -9.55
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The incumbent was Patrick Phillips for the Liberal Democrats.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Kirton 1,503 45.58 -3.31
Independent Chris O'Connor 1,073 32.54 +21.85
Labour Keith John Butterick 496 15.04 -2.96
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Graham James 225 6.82 -1.89
Majority 430 13.04 -
Turnout 3,297 39.87 -11.73
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was David Kirton for the Conservative Party.

Illingworth and Mixenden ward

Illingworth and Mixenden ward [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry Kaye Collins 1,369 42.56 +7.76
BNP Richard Mulhall 974 30.28 -4.46
Conservative John Cecil David Hardy 612 19.02 -0.98
Liberal Democrats Michael Elder 178 5.53 -4.86
Independent Sean Vincent Loftus 83 2.58 +2.58
Majority 395 12.28 -
Turnout 3,216 35.38 -10.8
Labour gain from BNP Swing

The incumbent was Richard Mulhall for the BNP.

Luddendenfoot ward

Luddendenfoot ward [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Hugh Marshall 1,067 33.66 +7.31
Liberal Democrats John Christopher Beacroft-Mitchell 1,065 33.60 -12.13
Labour James Fearon 611 19.28 -1.52
BNP John Derek Gregory 426 13.44 +6.37
Majority 2 0.06 -
Turnout 3,169 42.08 -10.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The incumbent was Jane Brown for the Liberal Democrats.

Northowram and Shelf ward

Northowram and Shelf ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Laurence Taylor 1,903 53.80 -8.49
Labour Co-op Gary Rae 788 22.27 +5.6
BNP Ann Jackson 515 14.56 +5.11
Liberal Democrats Michael Alfred Smith 331 9.35 -2.18
Majority 1,115 31.52 -
Turnout 3,537 40.05 9.8
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was Roger Taylor for the Conservative Party.

Ovenden ward

Ovenden ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Bryan Thomas Raymond Smith 1,003 43.17 -1.54
BNP Chris Godridge 691 29.74 -3.21
Conservative Sally Victoria McCartney 394 16.96 +7.01
Liberal Democrats Robert Ward 235 10.11 -2.23
Majority 312 13.43 -
Turnout 2,323 27.91 -12.9
Labour Co-op hold Swing

The incumbent was Bryan Smith for the Labour Party.

Park ward

Park ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arshad Mahmood 1,500 35.41 -6.50
Respect Sajid Mehmood 1,147 27.07 +27.07
Liberal Democrats Shazad Fazal 1,022 24.12 +8.49
English Democrat Shakir Saghir 567 13.38 +13.38
Majority 353 8.33 -
Turnout 4,236 49.45 -17.9
Labour hold Swing

The incumbent was Arshad Mahmmod for the Labour Party.

Rastrick ward

Rastrick ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Craig Whittaker 1,336 43.01 -6.46
Labour Ann Martin 782 25.17 -5.26
English Democrat David Vincent Stevenson 418 13.45 +13.45
Liberal Democrats Cheryl Elizabeth Stovin 292 9.40 -10.67
BNP Katie Jane Gill 278 8.95 +8.95
Majority 554 17.83 -
Turnout 3,106 36.68 -8.3
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was John Williamson for the Conservative Party.

Ryburn ward

Ryburn ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Ernest Thornber 1,570 50.07 +1.55
Liberal Democrats Ashley John Richard Evans 768 24.49 -4.84
Labour John Butterworth 541 17.25 -4.85
BNP John Andrew Greenaway 256 8.16 +8.16
Majority 802 25.58 -
Turnout 3,135 37.23 -10.3
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was Robert Thornber for the Conservative Party.

Skircoat ward

Skircoat ward[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Stephen Alexander Gow 1,716 43.53 +23.64
Conservative John Frank Brearley Ford 1,301 33.00 -11.46
Labour Anne Collins 449 11.39 -8.75
BNP Anthony Shane Bentley 317 8.04 +3.11
Green Simon Christopher Turner 159 4.03 +4.03
Majority 415 10.52 -
Turnout 3,942 42.55 -9.4
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

The incumbent was John Ford for the Conservative Party.

Sowerby Bridge ward

Sowerby Bridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew David Feather 1,054 35.70 -4.76
Labour Co-op Dave Draycott 957 32.41 +5.81
BNP Tom Bates 539 18.25 +10.53
Liberal Democrats Brendan Robert Stubbs 402 13.61 -3.45
Majority 97 3.28 -
Turnout 2,952 37.51 -8.5
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was Andrew Feather for the Conservative Party.

Todmorden ward

Todmorden ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Olwen Jean Arlette Jennings 1,017 32.02 -10.32
Conservative Ian Cooper 711 22.38 -6.73
Labour Jennifer Rosemary Jackson 698 21.97 -6.55
BNP Christian Michael Jackson 424 13.35 +13.35
Green Leo Vincent 326 10.26 +10.26
Majority 306 9.63 -
Turnout 3,176 37.31 -6.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The incumbent was Olwen Jennings for the Liberal Democrats.

Town ward

Town ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Timothy John Swift 1,342 47.75 +14.88
Conservative Chris Pillai 540 19.21 -2.78
BNP Stuart Brian Gill 537 19.11 -12.17
Liberal Democrats John Boje Frederiksen 226 8.04 -1.70
English Democrat David Mounsey 165 5.87 +5.87
Majority 802 28.54 -
Turnout 2,810 33.40 -12.3
Labour hold Swing

The incumbent was Timothy Swift for the Labour Party.

Warley ward

The election for this ward seat was postponed by the sudden death of the Conservative candidate Richard Maycock.[9] He was replaced by John Foran, who had stood in the Elland ward above.[10] The new election date was held on 14 June 2007.[11]

Warley ward [11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Pearson 1,319 45.99 +22.91
Conservative John Foran 418 14.57 -12.45
Independent Jenny Carr 360 12.55 +1.95
BNP Julie Ann Baxter 335 11.68 +3.8
Labour Ilyas Najib 236 8.22 -1.82
Independent Adrian Grenville Greenwood 145 5.05 +5.05
English Democrat Faizan Saghir 51 1.77 +1.77
Majority 901 31.41 -
Turnout 2,868 34.02 -17.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The incumbent was Jennifer Pearson for the Liberal Democrats.

References

  1. ^ Election of Local Councillors 2007. calderdale.gov.uk.
  2. ^ Local Elections 2007: Calderdale. BBC.
  3. ^ Voters oust Tory deputy John Ford - huge blow in Skircoat Green[permanent dead link]. The Halifax Evening Courier.
  4. ^ Yates turns his back on loyal voters Archived 22 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Halifax Courier. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Election of Local Councillors 2007 - 03/05/2007". Election results. Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  6. ^ The moment BNP man realised he had lost. The Halifax Evening Courier.
  7. ^ What a nailbiter!. The Halifax Evening Courier.
  8. ^ Shock as deputy leader is ousted. The Halifax Evening Courier.
  9. ^ New date set for election. The Yorkshire Post.
  10. ^ Ex- deputy leader is to stand[permanent dead link]. The Halifax Evening Courier.
  11. ^ a b Liberal Democrats hold Warley seat on Calderdale Council[permanent dead link]. The Halifax Evening Courier.
  12. ^ Warley Ward Election, 2007. calderdale.gov.uk.