Map of the results of the 2007 West Berkshire Borough Council election. Conservative in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.
Map of the results of the 2007 West Berkshire Borough Council election. Conservative in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

The 2007 West Berkshire Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of West Berkshire Council in Berkshire, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

Background

At the last election in 2003 both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats won 26 seats and the Liberal Democrats kept control with the chairman's casting vote.[2] However the Conservatives took control in May 2005 after gaining a seat from the Liberal Democrats at a by-election.[3]

Election result

The Conservatives increased their majority to 20 seats after gaining seats from the Liberal Democrats.[4] Conservative gains included taking seats in Clay Hill, Falkland and Thatcham Central wards to win 36 seats on the council, but they did lose one seat in Thatcham North to leave the Liberal Democrats on 16 seats.[4] Overall turnout at the election improved to 45%.[4]

West Berkshire local election result 2007[5][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 36 10 1 +9 69.2 59.4 52,047 +9.1%
  Liberal Democrats 16 1 10 -9 30.8 35.3 30,962 -10.3%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 2.2 1,966 -0.9%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 1.5 1,330 +1.1%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 831 +0.4%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 232 +0.3%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 224 +0.3%

Ward results

Aldermaston[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Irene Neill 762 79.7 +9.3
Liberal Democrats Kath Evans 194 20.3 -9.3
Majority 568 59.4 +18.5
Turnout 956 46.5 -1
Conservative hold Swing
Basildon[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Law 968 83.2 +27.3
Liberal Democrats Silvia Boschetto 195 16.8 -27.3
Majority 773 66.5 +54.6
Turnout 1,163 51.2 -4
Conservative hold Swing
Birch Copse (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joe Mooney 1,390
Conservative Tony Linden 1,340
Conservative Emma Webster 1,265
Labour Sean Hartney 509
Liberal Democrats Clive Hillman 486
Liberal Democrats Susan Prime 425
Liberal Democrats Paul Pritchard 357
Turnout 5,772 34.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Bucklebury (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Pask 1,340
Conservative Quentin Webb 1,283
Liberal Democrats Ben Morgan 382
Liberal Democrats James Cullen 283
Turnout 3,288 49.0
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Burghfield (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Royce Longton 991
Conservative Carol Jackson-Doerge 956
Conservative Michael Wright 946
Liberal Democrats John Farrin 921
Turnout 3,814 44.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Calcot (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Bedwell 1,507
Conservative Peter Argyle 1,354
Conservative Manohar Gopal 1,254
Independent Edmund Savage 531
Labour Glenn Dennis 504
Liberal Democrats Chris Day 311
Liberal Democrats Gina Houghton 282
Green Jacob Sanders 270
Liberal Democrats Mark Thatcher 197
Turnout 6,210 34.10
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Chieveley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hilary Cole 720 82.2 +13.9
Liberal Democrats John Steels 156 17.8 -13.9
Majority 564 64.4 +27.8
Turnout 876 46.8 +9
Conservative hold Swing
Clay Hill (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeff Beck 986
Conservative Dave Goff 892
Liberal Democrats Phil Barnett 817
Liberal Democrats Pam Taylor 717
Labour Barry Lambert 88
Turnout 3,500 38.6 +4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Cold Ash[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoff Findlay 834 69.0 +13.8
Liberal Democrats Rod King 374 31.0 -13.8
Majority 460 38.1 +27.8
Turnout 1,208 54.1 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing
Compton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barbara Alexander 798 68.3 +7.9
Liberal Democrats Peter Newman 371 31.7 -7.9
Majority 427 36.5 +15.7
Turnout 1,169 52.8 +7
Conservative hold Swing
Downlands[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Chandler 826 70.8 +10.8
Liberal Democrats Paul Walter 160 13.7 +13.7
Green Adrian Hollister 104 8.9 +8.9
Labour Yogi Johnston 77 6.6 -4.4
Majority 666 57.1 +26.1
Turnout 1,167 51.7 +6
Conservative hold Swing
Falkland (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adrian Edwards 1,537
Conservative Howard Bairstow 1,510
Liberal Democrats Mavis Greenhalgh 1,070
Liberal Democrats Peter Greenhalgh 1,070
Labour Derek Brear 100
Turnout 5,287 57.9 +12
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Greenham (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Billy Drummond 868
Liberal Democrats Julian Swift-Hook 804
Conservative Chris Austin 663
Conservative Ken Neal 621
Labour Hannah Cooper 101
Turnout 3,057 41.5 +4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Hungerford (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Hewer 1,244
Conservative David Holtby 1,189
Liberal Democrats Denise Gaines 924
Liberal Democrats James Mole 821
Turnout 4,178 49.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Kintbury (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Rowles 1,224
Conservative Anthony Stansfeld 1,211
Liberal Democrats Christopher Doyle 455
Liberal Democrats Ian O'Callaghan 380
Turnout 3,270 46.5 +10
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Lambourn Valley (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Jones 1,514
Conservative Gordon Lundie 1,343
Liberal Democrats John Davies 409
Liberal Democrats Joyce Easteal 350
Labour Grahame Murphy 85
Turnout 3,701 46.8 +23
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Mortimer (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Keith Lock 1,183
Liberal Democrats Mollie Lock 1,063
Conservative John Bull 1,017
Conservative Ben Bovill 928
Turnout 4,191 54.1 +15
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Northcroft (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tony Vickers 749
Liberal Democrats Gwen Mason 712
Conservative John Tristam 644
Conservative Charlie Farrow 643
Independent David Yates 342
Independent Lee Harris 290
Turnout 3,380 45.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Pangbourne[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pamela Bale 742 82.8 +8.6
Green Katherine Kennet 56 6.3 +6.3
Liberal Democrats Teresa Wareham 50 5.6 -10.3
Labour Robert Tutton 48 5.4 -4.5
Majority 686 76.6 +18.4
Turnout 896 41.0 +5
Conservative hold Swing
Purley on Thames (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Metcalfe 1,272
Conservative David Betts 1,261
Liberal Democrats Stephen Bown 278
Green Miriam Kennet 264
Labour Riyad Abboushi 261
Liberal Democrats David Wood 238
Turnout 3,574 37.7 +14
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Speen (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Bryant 1,336
Conservative Marcus Franks 1,295
Liberal Democrats Chris Hood 517
Liberal Democrats Sam Elliott 488
Turnout 3,636 44.2 +5
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
St Johns (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Johnston 1,269
Conservative Ieuan Tuck 1,227
Liberal Democrats Malik Azam 848
Liberal Democrats Cheryl McAlinn 837
Turnout 4,181 48.9 +9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Sulhamstead[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Chopping 663 67.0 +15.8
Liberal Democrats James Kerry 326 33.0 -15.8
Majority 337 34.1 +31.8
Turnout 989 50.9 +7
Conservative hold Swing
Thatcham Central (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Crumly 818
Conservative Ellen Crumly 793
Liberal Democrats Patrick Denys 773
Liberal Democrats Alexander Payton 720
UKIP Craig Sandelands 127
Green Volker Heinemann 110
Turnout 3,341 39.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Thatcham North (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Rendel 1,019
Liberal Democrats Lee Dillon 920
Conservative Sheila Ellison 904
Conservative Kay Smurthwaite 854
BNP Andy Clasper 119
BNP Jacqui Hunt 113
Turnout 3,929 49.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Thatcham South and Crookham (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Owen Jeffery 898
Liberal Democrats Terry Port 861
Conservative Peter Ellison 817
Conservative Sandra Warham 764
Turnout 3,340 38.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Thatcham West (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Keith Woodhams 960
Liberal Democrats Jeff Brooks 957
Conservative Rodney Arnold 837
Conservative James Crumly 797
Turnout 3,551 37.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Theale[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alan Macro 445 50.9 +9.5
Conservative Ian MacFarlane 300 34.3 +0.5
Labour Terry Jackson 102 11.7 -13.0
Green Nicholas Foster 27 3.1 +3.1
Majority 145 16.6 +9.0
Turnout 874 42.0 +10
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Victoria (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Roger Hunneman 609
Liberal Democrats Gabrielle McGarvey 578
Conservative Brian Goodall 504
Conservative Pearl Hancock 425
Independent Philip Parry 167
UKIP David McMahon 97
Turnout 2,380 35.1 +5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Westwood[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Laszlo Zverko 460 64.4 +23.7
Liberal Democrats Sid Sidamparappillai 163 22.8 -17.3
Labour Charles Croal 91 12.7 -6.5
Majority 297 41.6 +41.0
Turnout 714 38.7 +7
Conservative hold Swing

By-elections between 2007 and 2011

Thatcham South and Crookham by-election 22 July 2010[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Robert Morgan 936 54.3 +2.0
Conservative Dominic Boeck 787 45.7 -2.0
Majority 149 8.6
Turnout 1,723 34.0 -4.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

References

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  2. ^ "West Berks Council hung - Lib Dems' 12-year grip over". Reading Post. NewsBank. 2 May 2003.
  3. ^ "English elect councils and mayors". BBC News Online. 7 May 2005. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "West Berkshire election snaps". Reading Post. 4 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Results - Election 2007". The Times. NewsBank. 5 May 2007. p. 83.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae "District Council election". West Berkshire Council. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  7. ^ "By-election results: 30 July 2010". Local Government Chronicle. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results - July 2010". Local Authority Byelection Results. Archived from the original on 4 September 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2014.