Map of the results of the 2007 South Lakeland council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow and Conservatives in blue. Wards in grey were not contested in 2007.
Map of the results of the 2007 South Lakeland council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow and Conservatives in blue. Wards in grey were not contested in 2007.

The 2007 South Lakeland District Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of South Lakeland District Council in Cumbria, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background

At the last election in 2006 the Liberal Democrats gained a majority on the council for the first time.[3] Both they and the Conservatives stood in all of the 17, mainly rural, seats that were being contested in 2007.[3] A Save Our NHS Group stood in 5 seats to campaign against local health cuts, along with 2 candidates from the Labour party and 1 from the Green Party.[3] Councillors who stood down at the election included 4 Conservatives and 1 Liberal Democrat, Gill Cranwell, vice chair of the council.[3]

Issues in the election included cuts in services, hospital closures and secrecy in local government.[3]

Election result

The results saw the Liberal Democrats remain in control with an increased majority, gaining 3 seats to have 34 councillors.[4] They took the seats of Arnside and Beetham, Crooklands and Windermere Applethwaite from the Conservatives, to leave the Conservatives with 15 councillors.[4] 2 of the gains came in seats where the Conservative councillors had stood down at the election, while in Windermere Applethwaite Jennifer Borer was defeated by 333 votes to 488.[5] Overall turnout in the election was 53.74%.[6]

South Lakeland Local Election Result 2007[2][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrats 11 3 0 +3 64.7 57.0 11,009 -9.4%
  Conservative 6 0 3 -3 35.3 40.8 7,874 +18.0%
  Save Our NHS Group 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 257 +0.3%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 114 +0.4%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 60 -7.7%

Ward results

Arnside and Beetham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Prudence Jupe 1,516 69.6 +27.2
Conservative David Clark 661 30.4 -16.9
Majority 855 39.2
Turnout 2,177 61.6 +7.5
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Broughton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joss Curwen* 662 63.7 -12.0
Liberal Democrats Barry Rabone 378 36.3 +12.0
Majority 284 27.4 -24.0
Turnout 1,040 55.7 +6.8
Conservative hold Swing
Burneside[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Frank Hodson* 532 64.6 +4.0
Conservative James Alexander 275 33.4 -6.0
Save Our NHS Group Leonard Edgar 17 2.1 N/A
Majority 257 31.2 +10.0
Turnout 824 53.5 +12.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Cartmel[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Howard Martin* 556 69.7 +15.5
Conservative Ted Walsh 242 30.3 -15.5
Majority 314 39.4 +31.0
Turnout 798 53.6 +9.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Crake Valley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Betty Spendlove 482 60.4 -5.5
Conservative Wendy Barry 316 39.6 +5.5
Majority 166 20.8 -11.0
Turnout 798 54.3 +16.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Crooklands[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sheila Eccles 664 58.8 +9.8
Conservative James Airey 465 41.2 -9.8
Majority 199 17.6
Turnout 1,129 63.0 +14.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Grange[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Harvey 916 46.6 -6.4
Liberal Democrats Robert Leach 891 45.3 -1.7
Save Our NHS Group Andrew Billson-Page 158 8.0 N/A
Majority 25 1.4 -4.6
Turnout 1,965 54.5 +7.8
Conservative hold Swing
Holker[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jack Manning* 408 54.8 -13.0
Liberal Democrats Maureen Nicholson 337 45.2 +13.0
Majority 71 9.5 -26.1
Turnout 745 50.5 -1.4
Conservative hold Swing
Kirkby Lonsdale[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rodger Read* 520 53.3 -7.9
Liberal Democrats Maria Radice 455 46.7 +40.8
Majority 65 6.6 -21.7
Turnout 975 52.3 -1.9
Conservative hold Swing
Lakes Ambleside[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Vatcher* 987 73.8 +28.7
Conservative Alan Piper 303 22.6 -20.8
Save Our NHS Group Jane Wilkinson 48 3.6 N/A
Majority 684 51.2 +49.5
Turnout 1,338 46.1 +9.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Low Furness & Swarthmoor[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sonjie Marshall* 866 52.3 -0.3
Conservative Jim Webster 677 40.9 -6.5
Green Jo-Anna Duncalf 114 6.9 N/A
Majority 189 11.4 +6.2
Turnout 1,657 48.3 +8.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Sedbergh[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Lancaster* 867 52.3 -19.1
Liberal Democrats Peter Woof 791 47.7 +19.1
Majority 76 4.6 -38.2
Turnout 1,658 59.9 +25.4
Conservative hold Swing
Whinfell[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Thornton* 669 63.5 +7.8
Conservative Pat Bell 385 36.5 N/A
Majority 284 27.0 +15.6
Turnout 1,054 56.7 +8.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Windermere Applethwaite[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Maggie Bridge 488 59.4 +20.1
Conservative Jennifer Borer* 333 40.6 -20.1
Majority 155 18.8
Turnout 821 50.8 +16.9
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Windermere Bowness North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Hilary Stephenson 625 59.9 +2.8
Conservative Johnnie Curwen 377 36.1 -6.8
Labour Helen Sowerby 28 2.7 N/A
Save Our NHS Group Anna Billson-Page 13 1.2 N/A
Majority 248 23.8 +9.6
Turnout 1,043 63.1 +10.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Windermere Bowness South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Williams 366 61.5 -14.4
Liberal Democrats Dyan Jones 229 38.5 +14.4
Majority 137 23.0 -28.8
Turnout 595 42.1 +3.6
Conservative hold Swing
Windermere Town[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Kathleen Atkinson 543 76.8 +0.5
Conservative Yvonne Stewart-Taylor 101 14.3 -9.4
Labour Stephen Thomas 32 4.5 N/A
Save Our NHS Group Charles Batteson 31 4.4 N/A
Majority 442 62.5 +9.9
Turnout 707 42.1 +4.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "South Lakeland". BBC News Online. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Local and Mayoral elections 2007" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e Hargeaves, Ellie (25 April 2007). "Battle lines drawn in South Lakeland". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Local Election Results - 3 May 2007". South Lakeland District Council. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  5. ^ Hargreaves, Ellie (4 May 2007). "Tories lose out after South Lakeland votes". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "South Lakeland District Council elections, 3 May 2007" (PDF). South Lakeland District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.