2007 Harlow District Council election
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12 of the 33 seats to Harlow District Council
17 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats
Last election 12 11 10
Seats before 11 11 10
Seats won 6 4 2
Seats after 12 12 8
Seat change Increase1 Increase1 Decrease2
Popular vote 9,876 6,876 4,362
Percentage 45.8% 31.9% 20.2%

  Fourth party
 
Party Independent
Last election 0
Seats before 1
Seats won 0
Seats after 1
Seat change Steady0
Popular vote 204
Percentage 0.9%

Harlow UK local election 2007 map.svg
Map showing the results of contested wards in the 2007 Harlow District Council elections.

Council control before election

No overall control

Council control after election

No overall control

The 2007 Harlow District Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Harlow District Council in Essex, 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

After the last election in 2006 the Conservatives had 12 seats, Labour 11 and the Liberal Democrats 10.[3] However, in January 2007 John Goddard left the Conservative group to sit as an independent,[4][5] meaning that going into the 2007 election both the Conservative and Labour parties had 11 councillors.[6]

12 seats were contested at the election, with 2 seats being available in Church Langley ward after Sam Warren stood down from the council.[7]

Election result

The Liberal Democrats lost 2 seats to fall to 8 councillors, 1 each to the Conservative and Labour parties, who both finished with 12 councillors.[7] The closest result came in Toddbrook ward where Labour held the seat with a 15-vote majority over the Conservatives, while both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat group leaders, Andrew Johnson and Chris Millington won seats in Church Langley and Bush Fair wards respectively.[7] Overall turnout at the election was 34.75%, down from 36.93% in 2006.[8]

Following the election a coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats continued to run the council.[7][9]

Harlow local election result 2007[2][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 6 1 0 Increase1 50.0 45.8 9,876 Increase5.6
  Labour 4 1 0 Increase1 33.3 31.9 6,876 Decrease0.2
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 2 Decrease2 16.7 20.2 4,362 Decrease5.6
  Respect 0 0 0 Steady 0 1.2 250 Increase0.2
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.9 204 Decrease0.1

Ward results

Bush Fair

Location of Bush Fair ward
Location of Bush Fair ward
Bush Fair[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Christopher Millington 855 41.4 -7.3
Labour Terry Brandon 796 38.5 +4.6
Conservative Shona Johnson 414 20.0 +2.5
Majority 59 2.9 -11.9
Turnout 2,065 36.5 -2.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Church Langley (2 seats)

Location of Church Langley ward
Location of Church Langley ward
Church Langley (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Johnson 1,266
Conservative Tony Hall 1,135
Labour Kenneth Lawrie 287
Liberal Democrats Laura Rideout 196
Liberal Democrats James Rideout 183
Turnout 3,067 27.9 -4.1
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Great Parndon

Location of Great Parndon ward
Location of Great Parndon ward
Great Parndon[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick McClarnon 1,011 55.1 +4.0
Labour Norman Knight 617 33.6 +1.2
Liberal Democrats Ian Rideout 208 11.3 -5.2
Majority 394 21.5 +2.8
Turnout 1,836 36.1 -2.5
Conservative hold Swing

Harlow Common

Location of Harlow Common ward
Location of Harlow Common ward
Harlow Common[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Wilkinson 909 45.0 +4.8
Conservative Clive Souter 879 43.5 +7.6
Liberal Democrats Alan Lawrence 234 11.6 -1.5
Majority 30 1.5 -2.8
Turnout 2,022 37.6 -0.8
Labour hold Swing

Little Parndon and Hare Street

Location of Little Parndon and Hare Street ward
Location of Little Parndon and Hare Street ward
Little Parndon and Hare Street[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jean Clark 881 49.2 +6.0
Conservative Russell Perrin 700 39.1 +3.5
Liberal Democrats Robert Pailing 211 11.8 -9.4
Majority 181 10.1 +2.5
Turnout 1,792 34.0 -1.5
Labour hold Swing

Mark Hall

Location of Mark Hall ward
Location of Mark Hall ward
Mark Hall[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Lesley Rideout 752 36.5 -0.5
Labour Michael Danvers 740 35.9 +0.2
Conservative Jane Steer 570 27.6 +0.3
Majority 12 0.6 -0.7
Turnout 2,062 41.1 -2.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Netteswell

Location of Netteswell ward
Location of Netteswell ward
Netteswell[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edna Stevens 642 34.7 +2.8
Conservative Mark Gough 613 33.2 +7.4
Liberal Democrats Jim Pailing 594 32.1 -10.2
Majority 29 1.5
Turnout 1,849 34.9 -0.6
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Old Harlow

Location of Old Harlow ward
Location of Old Harlow ward
Old Harlow[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sue Livings 976 54.5 -2.0
Labour John Childs 398 22.2 -3.9
Liberal Democrats Nick Macy 214 11.9 -5.5
Independent Chris Ford 204 11.4 +11.4
Majority 578 32.3 +0.9
Turnout 1,792 37.2 -1.9
Conservative hold Swing

Staple Tye

Location of Staple Tye ward
Location of Staple Tye ward
Staple Tye[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Lee Dangerfield 685 42.8
Liberal Democrats Christopher Robins 588 36.7
Labour Dennis Palmer 329 20.5
Majority 97 6.1
Turnout 1,602 31.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats

Sumners and Kingsmoor

Location of Summers and Kingsmoor ward
Location of Summers and Kingsmoor ward
Sumners and Kingsmoor[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sarah-Jane Dangerfield 857 55.5 +1.5
Labour Suzanne Ennifer 482 31.2 +0.1
Liberal Democrats Kuzna Jackson 205 13.3 -1.6
Majority 375 24.3 +1.4
Turnout 1,544 29.1 -1.9
Conservative hold Swing

Toddbrook

Location of Toddbrook ward
Location of Toddbrook ward
Toddbrook[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bob Davis 795 41.0 +0.2
Conservative David Carter 770 39.8 +1.7
Respect Maureen Topley 250 12.9 +2.0
Liberal Democrats Julian Watkiss 122 6.3 -3.9
Majority 25 1.2 -1.5
Turnout 1,937 37.4 -3.2
Labour hold Swing

By-elections between 2007 and 2008

Little Parndon and Hare Street

A by-election was held in Little Parndon and Hare Street on 25 October 2007 after the death of Labour councillor Jack Jesse.[10][11] The seat was held for Labour by the former council leader Michael Danvers with a majority of 196 votes over the Conservatives.[10][11]

Little Parndon and Hare Street by-election 25 October 2007[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Danvers 794 52.6 +3.4
Conservative Shona Johnson 598 39.6 +0.5
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Macy 117 7.8 -4.0
Majority 196 13.0 +2.9
Turnout 1,509 28.4 -5.6
Labour hold Swing

Toddbrook

A by-election was held in Toddbrook ward on 25 October 2007 after the death of Labour councillor Roy Collyer.[10][11] The seat was gained for the Conservatives by David Carter with a majority of 15 votes over Labour.[10]

Toddbrook by-election 25 October 2007[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Carter 728 45.2 +5.4
Labour Terry Brandon 713 44.3 +3.3
Respect Maureen Topley 102 6.3 -6.6
Liberal Democrats Julian Watkiss 67 4.2 -2.1
Majority 15 0.9
Turnout 1,610 30.5 -6.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

References

  1. ^ "Harlow". BBC News Online. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Results - Election 2007". The Times. NewsBank. 5 May 2007. p. 83.
  3. ^ "Local elections: Harlow". BBC News Online. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ Wilkinson, Ben (31 March 2008). "Councillors to step down". Harlow Star. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ Foster, Alex (18 January 2007). "Two more Tory defections". Liberal Democrat Voice. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ Wilson, Graeme; Devlin, Kate (3 May 2007). "How the night will unfold: The 30 crucial battlegrounds The major parties pin general election hopes on today's poll". The Daily Telegraph. NewsBank. p. 5.
  7. ^ a b c d Parsons, Tam (4 May 2007). "Election special - Harlow District Council". Bishops Stortford Citizen. Archived from the original on 7 May 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
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  9. ^ Andalo, Debbie (23 April 2008). "Harlow : Where else can I go?". The Guardian. NewsBank.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Harlow Council By Election Results October 2007". Harlow District Council. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "Conservatives celebrate by-election result". East Herts Herald. 26 October 2007. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.