Map of the results of the 2007 Wychavon District Council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.
Map of the results of the 2007 Wychavon District Council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

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

Background

Before the election the Conservatives controlled the council with 31 councillors, compared to 12 for the Liberal Democrats and 2 for Labour.[2] A total of 96 candidates stood for election including the first UK Independence Party candidate for Wychavon District Council in Evesham South, however the Conservative leader of the council, Martin Jennings was among those who stood down from the council at the election.[2][3] One seat in Pinvin had no election in 2007 as the Liberal Democrat councillor Liz Tucker was re-elected without opposition.[2]

Election result

The Conservatives increased their majority on the council by four seats to have 35 of the 45 councillors on the council.[4] This came at the expense of Labour, who lost their only two seats on the council in Droitwich West to the Conservatives, and the Liberal Democrats who had a net loss of two seats to finish with 10 councillors.[4] Overall turnout at the election was 42.42%, an increase from 37.94% at the 2003 election.[4][5]

Apart from the gains from Labour in Droitwich West, Conservative gains included taking seats from the Liberal Democrats in Honeybourne and Pebworth, Badsey and Little Hampton.[6] However the Liberal Democrats did also gain seats in Droitwich South West and The Littletons from the Conservatives, with Alan Anderson taking The Littletons with a five-vote majority over independent Richard Lasota.[4][6]

Wychavon local election result 2007[7][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 35 6 2 +4 77.8 59.0 32,450 +5.4%
  Liberal Democrats 10 2 4 -2 22.2 28.0 15,409 -0.3%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 5.8 3,163 -0.6%
  Labour 0 0 2 -2 0 5.3 2,902 -5.8%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 734 +0.6%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 334 +0.6%

Ward results

Badsey[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reginald Jakeman 413 51.1 +1.8
Liberal Democrats Sonya Ealey 351 43.4 -7.3
Independent Keith Sinclair 44 5.4 +5.4
Majority 62 7.7
Turnout 808 38.4 +8.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Bengeworth (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin King 723
Conservative Emma Stokes 620
Independent Stephen Selby 476
Liberal Democrats Jillian Haycock 399
Turnout 2,218 35.5 +6.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Bowbrook[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Margaret Rowley 635 54.8 +3.8
Conservative Christopher Hartwright 524 45.2 -3.8
Majority 111 9.6 +7.5
Turnout 1,159 54.3 +6.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Bredon[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adrian Hardman 610 62.1 -1.4
Liberal Democrats Matthew Darby 372 37.9 +9.5
Majority 238 24.2 -10.9
Turnout 982 49.6 +10.7
Conservative hold Swing
Bretforton and Offenham[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Keith Wright 523 57.6 -9.4
Conservative Jim Bulman 385 42.4 +9.4
Majority 138 15.2 -18.9
Turnout 908 45.9 +15.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Broadway and Wickhamford (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Liz Eyre 1,218
Conservative David Folkes 1,157
Liberal Democrats Carolyn Harford 408
Turnout 2,783 44.0 +11.3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Dodderhill[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Judy Pearce 527 68.5 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Peter Evans 242 31.5 +0.6
Majority 285 37.1 -1.0
Turnout 769 40.7 +8.5
Conservative hold Swing
Drakes Broughton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Middlebrough 636 77.3 +18.5
Liberal Democrats Meldie Smith 187 22.7 -18.5
Majority 449 54.6 +37.0
Turnout 823 43.7 +6.2
Conservative hold Swing
Droitwich Central[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Graham Gopsill 334 41.5 +4.1
Conservative David Morris 249 31.0 +5.3
Labour Eve Freer 221 27.5 -9.4
Majority 85 10.6 +10.1
Turnout 804 40.0 +9.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Droitwich East (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Barratt 899
Conservative Pam Davey 859
Labour Sheila Neary 577
Labour Peter Pinfield 555
Liberal Democrats Ian Wild 408
Turnout 3,298 40.9 +5.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Droitwich South East (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Morris 1,158
Conservative Don Lawley 953
Liberal Democrats Stephanie Vale 503
Independent Ann Gopslll 403
Turnout 3,017 42.2 +8.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Droitwich South West (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Yuleen Jewell 735
Liberal Democrats Wendy Carter 719
Conservative Maureen Lawley 698
Liberal Democrats Janet Clarke 690
Green Robert Burkett 290
Turnout 3,132 42.4 +7.8
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Droitwich West (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lynne Duffy 585
Conservative Laurie Evans 553
Labour Roy Seabourne 538
Labour John Wrenn 492
Turnout 2,168 29.7 +8.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Eckington[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ron Davis 730 61.9 +2.8
Liberal Democrats Brenda Sheridan 449 38.1 +10.8
Majority 281 23.8 -8.0
Turnout 1,179 53.3 +14.3
Conservative hold Swing
Elmley Castle and Somerville[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anna Mackison 705 72.4 +10.1
Liberal Democrats Garth Raymer 269 27.6 -10.1
Majority 436 44.8 +20.2
Turnout 974 49.9 +4.8
Conservative hold Swing
Evesham North (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jo Sandalls 660
Conservative Roma Kirke 612
Liberal Democrats Jeffrey Butler 415
Independent Paul Rencher 341
Turnout 2,028 33.3 +5.2
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Evesham South (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ronald Cartwright 676
Conservative Bob Banks 591
UKIP John White 334
Liberal Democrats Barbara Browne 312
Turnout 1,913 29.2 +6.3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Fladbury[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom McDonald 801 72.2 +22.9
Liberal Democrats Diana Brown 308 27.8 -15.3
Majority 493 44.5 +41.3
Turnout 1,109 50.6 -1.4
Conservative hold Swing
Great Hampton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Smith 504 64.2 -4.2
Liberal Democrats Carol Kershaw 281 35.8 +4.2
Majority 223 28.4 -8.4
Turnout 785 39.1 +9.3
Conservative hold Swing
Hartlebury[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Muriel Mathews 566 74.7 -2.4
Liberal Democrats Martin Moran 192 25.3 +25.3
Majority 374 49.3 -5.0
Turnout 758 35.9 +9.9
Conservative hold Swing
Havington and Norton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clive Holt 637 73.2 +14.5
Liberal Democrats Helen Martin 233 26.8 -14.5
Majority 404 46.4 +29.0
Turnout 870 44.0 +8.6
Conservative hold Swing
Honeybourne and Pebworth[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Haycock 512 54.1 +30.7
Liberal Democrats Thomas Bean 434 45.9 -1.7
Majority 78 8.2
Turnout 946 50.5 +17.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Inkberrow (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Audrey Steel 1,677
Conservative David Lee 1,485
Liberal Democrats Helen Wilkes 593
Labour Susan Hayman 270
Turnout 4,025 51.2 +9.9
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Little Hampton (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Dyke 677
Conservative Wendy Dyke 557
Liberal Democrats John Payne 460
Turnout 1,694 28.4 +6.9
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Lovett and North Claines (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Coley 1,357
Conservative Alan Fisher 1,205
Liberal Democrats Janet Saunders 576
Labour Christopher Barton 249
Turnout 3,387 45.2 +9.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Norton and Whittington[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rob Adams 609 72.2
Liberal Democrats Hal Arksey 234 27.8
Majority 375 44.5
Turnout 843 39.0
Conservative hold Swing
Ombersley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jean Dowty 684 83.0 +2.4
Liberal Democrats Joe Moran 140 17.0 -2.4
Majority 544 66.0 +4.9
Turnout 824 46.2 +9.7
Conservative hold Swing
Pershore (3 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Gaynor Amphlett 1,128
Liberal Democrats Charles Tucker 1,020
Liberal Democrats John Grantham 999
Conservative Raymond Steadman 855
Conservative Val Wood 840
Conservative Suzanne Marler 601
Independent Jane Daniels 546
Independent Christopher Parsons 477
Green David Shaw 444
Independent Daniel Casey 339
Independent Kenneth Rowe 152
Turnout 7,401 45.2 +8.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Pinvin[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Liz Tucker unopposed
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
South Bredon Hill[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Adrian Darby 681 64.1 +6.8
Conservative Beverley Hardman 381 35.9 -2.1
Majority 300 28.2 +8.9
Turnout 1,062 55.4 +4.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
The Littletons[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alan Anderson 390 35.4 -4.6
Independent Richard Lasota 385 35.0 +35.0
Conservative Mary Smith 326 29.6 -30.4
Majority 5 0.5
Turnout 1,101 50.0 +9.5
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Upton Snodsbury[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Linda Robinson 700 57.2 +8.1
Liberal Democrats Mark Broughton-Taylor 524 42.8 -8.1
Majority 176 14.4
Turnout 1,224 57.7 +1.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

By-elections between 2007 and 2011

Lovett and North Claines

A by-election was held in Lovett and North Claines on 13 December 2007 after the death of Conservative councillor Paul Coley.[9] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Tony Miller with a majority of 495 votes over Liberal Democrat John Garbett.[9]

Lovett and North Claines by-election 13 December 2007[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tony Miller 837 71.0 +8.8
Liberal Democrats John Garbett 342 29.0 +2.6
Majority 495 42.0
Turnout 1,179 27.9 -17.3
Conservative hold Swing

Droitwich Central

A by-election was held in Droitwich Central on 16 July 2009 after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Graham Gopsill.[10] The seat was held for the Liberal Democrats by his widow Ann Gopsill with a majority of 10 votes over Conservative David Morris.[10]

Droitwich Central by-election 16 July 2009[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ann Gopsill 233 51.1 +9.6
Conservative David Morris 223 48.9 +17.9
Majority 10 2.2 -8.4
Turnout 456 22.8 -17.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Droitwich South West

A by-election was held in Droitwich South West on 1 October 2009 after Conservative councillor Yuleen Jewell resigned from the council.[11] The seat was gained for the Liberal Democrats by Stephanie Vale with a majority of 105 votes over Conservative Maureen Lawley.[11]

Droitwich South West by-election 1 October 2009[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Stephanie Vale 521 47.4 +6.1
Conservative Maureen Lawley 416 37.8 -4.3
Labour Paul Richards 163 14.8 +14.8
Majority 105 9.5
Turnout 1,100 27.6 -14.8
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

Evesham South

A by-election was held in Evesham South on 18 February 2010 after the death of Conservative councillor Ron Cartwright.[12] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Gerard O'Donnell with a majority of 182 votes over Liberal Democrat Diana Brown.[13]

Evesham South by-election 18 February 2010[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gerard O'Donnell 358 52.3 +1.2
Liberal Democrats Diana Brown 176 25.7 +2.1
UKIP John White 150 21.9 -3.3
Majority 182 26.6
Turnout 684 16.3 -12.9
Conservative hold Swing

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