Elections to Rochford Council were held on 1 May 2008. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

The Conservative party won all 15 seats up for election with no surprises in the results.[1][2]

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Party Seats   ±  
Conservative 33 +1
Liberal Democrat 5 0
Rochford District Residents 1 0
Independent 0 –1

Election result

Rochford Local Election Result 2008
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 15 1 0 +1 100.0 61.6 9,551 +12.4%
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 1,549 -12.8%
  English Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 9.9 1,531 +6.7%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 9.6 1,481 -1.7%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 3.7 571 -1.1%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 479 -2.8%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 174 +1.1%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 1.1 163 -1.7%

Two Conservative candidates were unopposed.

Ward results

Ashingdon and Canewdon

Ashingdon and Canewdon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terence Cutmore 663 55.1 -9.5
Liberal Democrats Valerie Stanton 371 30.8 +30.8
Green Andrew Vaughan 169 14.0 -21.4
Majority 292 24.3 -4.9
Turnout 1,203 34.4 +5.0
Conservative hold Swing

Barling and Sutton

Barling and Sutton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Steptoe unopposed
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

Foulness and Great Wakering

Foulness and Great Wakering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barbara Wilkins unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

Hockley Central

Hockley Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Thomass 1,302 80.7
Labour David Thompson 312 19.3
Majority 990 61.4
Turnout 1,614 31.8
Conservative hold Swing

Hockley North

Hockley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Carter 421 73.3 -3.5
BNP Mark Cooling 92 16.0 +16.0
Labour Sheila Downward 61 10.6 -12.6
Majority 329 57.3 +3.7
Turnout 574 34.7 -4.1
Conservative hold Swing

Hocklet West

Hockley West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Malcolm Maddocks 401 71.1
Independent Brian Hazlewood 163 28.9
Majority 238 42.2
Turnout 564 35.0
Conservative hold Swing

Hullbridge

Hullbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Robinson 1,122 58.3 +8.8
BNP Robert Green 479 24.9 -0.3
Labour Angelina Marriott 325 16.9 -0.1
Majority 643 33.4 +9.1
Turnout 1,926 36.3 +1.1
Conservative hold Swing

Lodge

Lodge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Merrick 549 50.3 +6.5
English Democrat David Merrick 264 24.2 -5.9
UKIP Janet Davies 174 15.9 +15.9
Green Neil Kirsh 105 9.6 +4.2
Majority 285 26.1 +12.4
Turnout 1,092 34.5 +1.4
Conservative hold Swing

Rayleigh Central

Rayleigh Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Antony Humphries 882 74.5 +13.5
Liberal Democrats Michael Nobes 302 25.5 -0.9
Majority 580 49.0 +14.4
Turnout 1,184 35.3 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing

Rochford

Rochford (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gillian Lucas-Gill 864
Conservative Keith Gordon 796
Labour David Lench 361
Labour Myra Weir 357
English Democrat Margaret Stoll 347
Green Douglas Copping 205
Turnout 2,930 29.5 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Sweyne Park

Sweyne Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joan Mockford 516 46.7 -1.5
Liberal Democrats Patricia Putt 353 31.9 -19.9
English Democrat Kim Gandy 236 21.4 +21.4
Majority 163 14.8
Turnout 1,105 33.7 +8.6
Conservative hold Swing

Trinity

Trinity
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Gibbs 562 51.1 -10.5
English Democrat John Hayter 372 33.8 +33.8
Liberal Democrats Mark Pearson 101 9.2 -21.7
Labour Peter Lickfold 65 5.9 +5.9
Majority 190 17.3 -13.4
Turnout 1,100 37.9 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing

Wheatley

Wheatley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Pullen' 829 77.7 +7.2
Liberal Democrats Corey Vost 238 22.3 -7.2
Majority 591 55.4 +14.4
Turnout 1,067 34.1 -0.3
Conservative hold Swing

Whitehouse

Whitehouse
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon Smith 641 56.4 -7.0
English Democrat Kenneth Bennett 312 27.4 +27.4
Liberal Democrats Elena Black 184 16.2 -20.4
Majority 329 29.0 +2.2
Turnout 1,137 36.2 -0.9
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Southend: Parties' election predictions". Essex Echo. 25 April 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Rochford: Tories maintain their iron grip". Essex Echo. 2 May 2008. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2008.