Map of the results of the 2008 Huntingdonshire District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independents in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2008.
Map of the results of the 2008 Huntingdonshire District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independents in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2008.

The 2008 Huntingdonshire District Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Huntingdonshire District Council in Cambridgeshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Background

Before the election the Conservatives controlled the council with 39 seats, compared to 11 Liberal Democrats and 2 independents.[3] 18 seats were contested at the election by a total of 69 candidates, with the Conservatives defending 14 of the seats.[3][4]

Among the councillors who were defending seats were the Conservative leader of the council, Ian Bates, in The Hemingfords ward, and the leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council, Peter Downes in Brampton.[3] Ian Bates was challenged by an independent candidate, Maxine Hay, who had become a road safety campaigner after her son was killed after being hit by a car, with the Liberal Democrat candidate for the seat withdrawing in her favour.[5]

Election result

The Liberal Democrats made a net gain of 1 seat to move to 12 councillors at the expense of the Conservatives who remained in control of the council with 38 seats.[6] The Liberal Democrats gained seats in Buckden and Huntingdon East from the Conservatives, but lost a seat back to them in St Neots Eaton Socon.[6]

Huntingdonshire local election result 2008[7][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 13 1 2 -1 72.2 52.7 16,920 -5.2%
  Liberal Democrats 4 2 1 +1 22.2 29.9 9,593 -1.5%
  Independent 1 0 0 0 5.6 5.2 1,681 +5.2%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 6.1 1,948 -2.0%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 5.6 1,796 +5.0%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 181 -0.4%

Ward results

Brampton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Downes 1,415 57.3 +6.5
Conservative Keith Stukins 1,007 40.8 -5.3
Labour Patrick Kadewere 49 2.0 -1.2
Majority 408 16.5 +11.8
Turnout 2,471 52.2 +0.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Buckden[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Terry Clough 795 59.4 +20.1
Conservative Alan Barber 514 38.4 -18.4
Labour Thelma Lomax 30 2.2 -1.7
Majority 281 21.0 N/A
Turnout 1,339 52.9 +1.1
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Godmanchester[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Godley 872 46.7 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Graham Wilson 841 45.0 +2.2
UKIP Shirley Reeve 79 4.2 +4.2
Labour Ann Beevor 76 4.1 -2.5
Majority 31 1.7 -6.0
Turnout 1,868 40.9 -2.2
Conservative hold Swing
Huntingdon East[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Michael Shellens 1,239 47.3 +9.6
Conservative Malcolm Lyons 1,016 38.8 -10.3
Labour Ruth Pugh 154 5.9 -2.0
UKIP Derek Norman 145 5.5 +5.5
Green Angela Mander-Jones 64 2.4 -2.8
Majority 223 8.5 N/A
Turnout 2,618 38.9 +2.8
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Huntingdon North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeff Dutton 473 47.2 +11.4
Liberal Democrats John Morgan 300 29.9 -7.8
Labour David King 147 14.7 -5.6
UKIP Peter Ashcroft 83 8.3 +8.3
Majority 173 17.3
Turnout 1,003 26.1 -1.2
Conservative hold Swing
Little Paxton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Churchill 806 69.1 -0.9
Independent Frank Owens 196 16.8 +16.8
Liberal Democrats Alan Cummings 65 5.6 -17.9
Labour Chrissy Ellarby 51 4.4 -2.1
Green Sarah Boulton 49 4.2 +4.2
Majority 610 52.3 +5.8
Turnout 1,167 48.0 -0.8
Conservative hold Swing
Ramsey[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Phillip Swales 957 46.2 -11.8
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Hollis 564 27.2 -7.1
UKIP Peter Reeve 452 21.8 +21.8
Labour Susan Coomey 100 4.8 -2.9
Majority 393 19.0 -4.8
Turnout 2,073 32.5 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing
Sawtry[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Dick Tuplin 1,023 53.1 +1.6
Conservative Vivienne McGuire 824 42.8 +7.9
Labour Kevin Goddard 79 4.1 +0.3
Majority 199 10.3 -6.2
Turnout 1,926 38.8 +0.9
Independent hold Swing
Somersham[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Criswell 1,123 63.4 -2.6
Liberal Democrats Tony Hulme 502 28.3 +0.3
UKIP Julian Fairweather 80 4.5 +4.5
Labour Mary Howell 66 3.7 -2.3
Majority 621 35.1 -3.0
Turnout 1,771 39.3 +1.3
Conservative hold Swing
St Ives East[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jason Ablewhite 864 55.2 -3.0
Liberal Democrats Robin Waters 321 20.5 -9.7
UKIP Michael Horwood 276 17.6 +17.6
Labour Angela Richards 105 6.7 -4.9
Majority 543 34.7 +6.6
Turnout 1,566 31.3 +6.4
Conservative hold Swing
St Ives South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Davies 1,231 65.8 +10.3
Liberal Democrats David Hodge 483 25.8 -10.2
Labour John Watson 156 8.3 -0.1
Majority 748 40.0 +20.5
Turnout 1,870 40.0 +4.5
Conservative hold Swing
St Ives West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julie Dew 464 43.1 -7.2
Liberal Democrats Colin Saunderson 381 35.4 -6.3
UKIP Margaret King 168 15.6 +15.6
Labour Ros Trayner 63 5.9 -2.1
Majority 83 7.7 -0.9
Turnout 1,076 49.0 +5.4
Conservative hold Swing
St Neots Eaton Ford[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bob Farrer 1,132 61.1 +5.1
Liberal Democrats Keith Franks 562 30.3 -8.1
Labour David Brown 92 5.0 -0.6
Green Karen How 68 3.7 +3.7
Majority 570 30.7 +13.1
Turnout 1,854 34.8 -2.5
Conservative hold Swing
St Neots Eaton Socon[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mandy Thomas 911 57.5 +10.8
Liberal Democrats Derek Giles 620 39.2 -8.3
Labour Carole Hitchings 52 3.3 -2.5
Majority 291 18.4 N/A
Turnout 1,583 37.8 +3.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
St Neots Eynesbury[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Hansard 1,031 54.9 +13.7
Liberal Democrats Diana Collins 666 35.4 -0.6
Labour William O'Connor 182 9.7 +0.5
Majority 365 19.4 +14.2
Turnout 1,879 25.5 -4.5
Conservative hold Swing
The Hemingfords[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Bates 1,412 69.1 +3.3
Independent Maxine Hay 462 22.6 +22.6
Labour Jacqueline Gilbert 168 8.2 +2.9
Majority 950 46.5 +9.7
Turnout 2,042 43.8 -1.5
Conservative hold Swing
Warboys and Bury[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Ward 839 46.0 +9.2
Conservative Jill Travener 787 43.2 -14.8
UKIP Lisa Duffy 138 7.6 +7.6
Labour Graeme Watkins 59 3.2 -2.0
Majority 52 2.8
Turnout 1,823 38.7 +0.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Yaxley and Farcet[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Watt 1,496 68.3 -6.6
UKIP Robert Brown 375 17.1 +17.1
Labour Margaret Cochrane 319 14.6 -10.5
Majority 1,121 51.2 +1.3
Turnout 2,190 28.5 +0.9
Conservative hold Swing

By-elections between 2008 and 2010

Ramsey April 2009

A by-election was held in Ramsey on 2 April 2009 after the death of Conservative councillor Ross Muir.[9] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Andy Monk with a majority of 106 votes over Peter Reeve of the UK Independence Party.[9]

Ramsey by-election 2 April 2009[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andy Monk 626 38.1 -8.1
UKIP Peter Reeve 520 31.6 +9.8
Liberal Democrats Robert Mumford 432 26.3 -0.9
Labour Graham Watkins 67 4.1 -0.7
Majority 106 6.4 -12.6
Turnout 1,645 25.8 -6.7
Conservative hold Swing

Ramsey July 2009

A by-election was held in Ramsey on 23 July 2009 after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Ray Powell.[11] The seat was gained for the UK Independence Party by Peter Reeve with a majority of 184 votes over the Conservative Angela Curtis.[11]

Ramsey by-election 23 July 2009[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Peter Reeve 753 39.2 +7.6
Conservative Angela Curtis 569 29.6 -8.5
Independent Jeffrey Clarke 303 15.8 +15.8
Liberal Democrats Melanie Allgood 295 15.4 -10.9
Majority 184 9.6 N/A
Turnout 1,920 30.1 +4.3
UKIP gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Huntingdon North

A by-election was held in Huntingdon North on 29 October 2009 after Liberal Democrat councillor Sam Kemp resigned from the council.[12] The seat was held for the Liberal Democrats by Trish Shrapnel with a majority of 30 votes over Conservative Laine Kadic, in a seat won by the Conservatives at the last council election in 2008.[12][13]

Huntingdon North by-election 29 October 2009[12][13][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Trish Shrapnel 243 32.6 +2.7
Conservative Laine Kadic 213 28.6 -18.6
UKIP Peter Ashcroft 167 22.4 +14.1
Labour Ann Beevor 123 16.5 +1.8
Majority 30 4.0
Turnout 746 19.0 -7.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Fenstanton

A by-election was held in Fenstanton on 25 February 2010 after Conservative councillor Paul Dakers resigned from the council saying that all political parties were hopeless.[14][15] The seat was gained by Liberal Democrat Colin Saunderson from the Conservatives, with a majority of 54 votes.[15]

Fenstanton by-election 25 February 2010[15][10][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Colin Saunderson 391 51.1 +4.2
Conservative David O'Neill 337 44.1 -4.1
Labour Angela Richards 37 4.8 -0.1
Majority 54 7.0 N/A
Turnout 765 31.0 -6.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

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