Map of the results of the 2007 North Somerset council election. Conservatives in blue, independent in grey, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Labour in red and Green Party in green. The delayed election in North Worle is shown in dark grey.
Map of the results of the 2007 North Somerset council election. Conservatives in blue, independent in grey, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Labour in red and Green Party in green. The delayed election in North Worle is shown in dark grey.

The 2007 North Somerset Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of North Somerset Unitary Council in Somerset, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative Party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.[1]

Background

Since the 2003 election the council was controlled by a coalition between the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties.[2] Many of the swing wards on the council were in Weston-super-Mare, with a major issue in the town being the derelict Tropicana lido.[3] The high number of pensioners in the town and lack of things for young people to do in the new estates were also factors in the area.[3]

Election result

The results saw the Conservatives win a majority with 43 of the 61 seats contested.[2] Both the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties suffered heavy losses, with the defeated councillors including Liberal Democrat Isabel Cummings in Yatton after 15 years on the council and the Labour couple Derek and Muriel Kraft.[2]

The election in Weston-super-Mare North Worle ward was delayed after the death of the Liberal Democrat leader of the council Alan Hockridge, meaning it was not held at the same as the other seats.[4] The postponed election in North Worle as held on 7 June and all 3 seats were won by the Conservatives taking the party to 46 seats.[5]

North Somerset Local Election Result 2007[6][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 43 21 3 +18 74.1 48.2 53,173 +10.6%
  Independent 6 4 1 +3 10.3 6.9 7,594 +3.2%
  Liberal Democrats 5 0 15 -15 8.6 29.2 32,243 -8.8%
  Labour 3 0 6 -6 5.2 13.5 14,859 -6.5%
  Green 1 0 0 0 1.7 1.6 1,739 +1.0%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.7 735 +0.6%

Ward results

Backwell (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Tom Collinson 1,283
Independent Karen Barclay 912
Conservative Peter Burden 593
Conservative Roger Theis 523
Liberal Democrats David Neale 295
Turnout 3,606 45.1
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Banwell & Winscombe (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Harley 2,020
Conservative Tony Lake 1,966
Conservative Tim Marter 1,830
Liberal Democrats Amanda Brading 804
Liberal Democrats Mark Lewis 583
Liberal Democrats Raymond Armstrong 575
Labour Ludovic Janas 274
Labour Tony Roberts 264
Labour Andrew Hughes 258
Turnout 8,574 37.8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Blagdon & Churchill[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Liz Wells 882 65.1 +7.3
Liberal Democrats Anthony Hughes 379 28.0 -5.4
Labour Stanley Banks 93 6.9 -1.9
Majority 503 37.1 +12.7
Turnout 1,354 44.6
Conservative hold Swing
Clevedon Central[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stanley Vyce 357 45.1 +15.3
Liberal Democrats John Vanderplank 245 31.0 +11.9
Labour Paul Sterling 189 23.9 -27.2
Majority 112 14.2
Turnout 791 33.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Clevedon East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent David Shopland 557 60.4 +12.7
Conservative Jon Middleton 231 25.1 +0.8
Labour Joe Norman 134 14.5 +2.0
Majority 326 35.4 +12.0
Turnout 922 35.1
Independent hold Swing
Clevedon North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Garner 422 45.3 -13.1
Independent Carole Wring 378 40.6 +40.6
Green John Brenton 132 14.2 +14.2
Majority 44 4.7 -26.7
Turnout 932 42.5
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Clevedon South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anne-Marie Gregory 322 39.0 +12.1
Labour Alan Cotton 292 35.4 -4.0
Liberal Democrats Graham Watkins 212 25.7 -8.0
Majority 30 3.6
Turnout 826 35.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Clevedon Walton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Norton-Sealey 787 64.6 +12.2
Liberal Democrats Jack Dagnall 431 35.4 -12.2
Majority 356 29.2 +24.3
Turnout 1,218 51.5
Conservative hold Swing
Clevedon West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Blades 580 54.7 +26.5
Labour Chanel Stevens 481 45.3 -0.6
Majority 99 9.3
Turnout 1,061 43.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Clevedon Yeo[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Hall 432 58.1 +12.4
Labour Alistair Lindsay 312 41.9 +10.6
Majority 120 16.1 +1.6
Turnout 744 30.8
Conservative hold Swing
Congresbury[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Tom Leimdorfer 822 65.3 +6.6
Conservative Christine Davis 401 31.9 -9.4
Independent Michael Palmer 36 2.9 +2.9
Majority 421 33.4 +16.1
Turnout 1,259 46.7
Green hold Swing
Easton-in-Gordano[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carl Francis-Pester 724 72.3 +10.9
Liberal Democrats Mac Jordan 277 27.7 +4.8
Majority 447 44.7 +6.2
Turnout 1,001 44.8
Conservative hold Swing
Gordano[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Ashton 819 76.3 +9.2
Liberal Democrats Evelyn Elworthy 254 23.7 +2.9
Majority 565 52.7 +6.4
Turnout 1,073 47.0
Conservative hold Swing
Hutton & Locking (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Elfan Rees 1,330
Conservative Ian Peddlesden 1,325
Liberal Democrats Andrew Nisbet 398
Liberal Democrats Charles Havill 385
Labour Christopher Belton-Reed 198
Labour Timothy Taylor 184
Turnout 3,820 39.5
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Kewstoke[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Porter 607 63.2 +10.5
Liberal Democrats Peter Hardaway 268 27.9 -3.8
Labour Jacqueline Scholes 85 8.9 -6.6
Majority 339 35.3 +14.3
Turnout 960 37.6
Conservative hold Swing
Nailsea East (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andy Cole 1,188
Conservative Jan Barber 1,136
Conservative Bob Coleman 985
Liberal Democrats Alan Clarke 980
Labour Patrick Hearn 140
Labour Gaile Blake 118
Turnout 4,547 44.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Nailsea North and West (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Blatchford 1,476
Conservative Mary Blatchford 1,390
Conservative Anne Kemp 1,376
Liberal Democrats Bob Steadman 1,041
Liberal Democrats Robin Bell 1,032
Liberal Democrats James Tonkin 1,029
Labour Christopher Smart 312
Labour Ben Johnson 298
Labour Tony Probert 288
Turnout 8,242 38.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Pill[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Nan Kirsen 809 79.9 +79.9
Labour Patricia Gardener 203 20.1 -41.1
Majority 606 59.9
Turnout 1,012 38.0
Independent hold Swing
Portishead Central[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reyna Knight 313 38.4 +3.2
Liberal Democrats Andy Wright 243 29.8 -11.5
Independent Mike Wilks 200 24.5 +24.5
Labour Lynne Buckner 60 7.4 -16.1
Majority 70 8.6
Turnout 816 34.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Portishead Coast[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Pasley 776 65.0 +5.5
Liberal Democrats Rod Hoare 304 25.5 -15.0
Labour Roger Whitfield 113 9.5 +9.5
Majority 472 39.6 +20.6
Turnout 1,193 49.4
Conservative hold Swing
Portishead East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Terry 687 56.5 +17.1
Liberal Democrats Phil Palmer 357 29.4 -2.2
Labour Terry Lester 172 14.1 -14.9
Majority 330 27.1 +19.2
Turnout 1,216 37.6
Conservative hold Swing
Portishead Redcliffe Bay[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Felicity Baker 688 52.0 -8.2
Liberal Democrats Jean Lord 572 43.3 +3.5
Labour David McKeag 62 4.7 +4.7
Majority 116 8.8 -11.6
Turnout 1,322 49.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Portishead South & North Weston[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan McMurray 538 59.8 +28.0
Liberal Democrats John Clark 361 40.2 -1.2
Majority 177 19.7
Turnout 899 38.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Portishead West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Jolley 752 63.8 +45.7
Liberal Democrats Sue Mason 345 29.3 +29.3
Labour Kirsty Gardener 81 6.9 +6.9
Majority 407 34.6
Turnout 1,178 45.1
Conservative hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare Central (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Kellaway-Marriott 486
Conservative Keith Morris 468
Liberal Democrats John Crockford-Hawley 431
Liberal Democrats Jeffrey Alen 374
Independent Richard Nightingale 370
Independent John Carter 252
Labour Michael Lyall 177
Labour Frederick Roberts 174
Independent Colin Granner 144
Turnout 2,876 33.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Weston-super-Mare Clarence & Uphill (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Bryant 1,800
Conservative Michael Roe 1,777
Conservative Clive Webb 1,708
Liberal Democrats Paula Howell 836
Liberal Democrats Anthony Helliker 672
Liberal Democrats June How 670
Labour Jose Bateman 310
Labour Stephen Varney 295
Labour Alison Yianni 280
Turnout 8,348 40.5
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare East (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dawn Payne 1,497
Conservative William Collins 1,345
Conservative Robert Cleland 1,306
Labour Derek Kraft 963
Labour Richard Tucker 951
Labour Muriel Kraft 914
Liberal Democrats Gary Longmore 529
Liberal Democrats Edward Mason 526
Liberal Democrats Richard Oddy 493
Turnout 8,524 31.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Weston-super-Mare Milton & Old Worle (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roz Willis 1,630
Conservative Lisa Pilgrim 1,537
Conservative Sue Creasey 1,534
Liberal Democrats Astra Brand 904
Liberal Democrats Jenny Gosden 889
Liberal Democrats Norman Sycamore 745
UKIP Steven Pearse-Danker 454
Labour Bee Edmunds 367
Labour Adrian Tucker 362
Labour Michael O'Regan 293
Turnout 8,715 41.8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Weston-super-Mare South (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Parker 1,039
Labour Bob Bateman 958
Labour Debbie Stone 860
Liberal Democrats Mari Owens 508
Liberal Democrats Zena Canniford 455
Conservative Michael Dolley 440
Liberal Democrats Valerie Field 409
Independent Adam Nash 284
Turnout 4,953 27.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare South Worle (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Gully Hayer 1,138
Liberal Democrats Christopher Howell 1,017
Liberal Democrats Edward Keating 970
Conservative John Wiltshire 814
Conservative John Ley-Morgan 808
Labour Paul Francis 531
Labour Simon Arlidge 482
Labour Simon Stokes 460
Turnout 6,220 27.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare West (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Horler 1,353
Conservative Chris Kimitri 1,265
Conservative Dawn Parry 1,256
Liberal Democrats Mark Canniford 1,254
Liberal Democrats Mike Bell 1,250
Liberal Democrats Robert Payne 1,053
UKIP Paul Spencer 281
Labour Robert Craig 208
Labour Peter Williams 186
Labour David Roxburgh 166
Turnout 8,272 42.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Winford[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Hugh Gregor 534 54.1 +54.1
Conservative Anita Heappey 453 45.9 -11.7
Majority 81 8.2
Turnout 987 41.4
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Wraxall & Long Ashton (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bob Cook 1,504
Conservative Howard Roberts 1,181
Liberal Democrats Angela Neale 1,101
Turnout 3,786 43.3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Wrington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Deborah Yamanaka 578 45.0 -22.8
Conservative Peter Ellis 421 32.8 +0.6
Independent Hilary Burn 286 22.3 +22.3
Majority 157 12.2 -23.4
Turnout 1,285 54.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Yatton (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Tony Moulin 1,549
Conservative Jill Iles 1,227
Conservative Ericka Blades 1,095
Liberal Democrats Isabel Cummings 1,052
Liberal Democrats Wendy Griggs 958
Liberal Democrats Peter Kehoe 873
Green Juley Howard 785
Labour Bryan Moore 272
Turnout 7,811 45.2
Independent gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

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