Map of the results of the 2008 Tandridge District Council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in grey were not contested in 2008.
Map of the results of the 2008 Tandridge District Council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in grey were not contested in 2008.

The 2008 Tandridge District Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Tandridge District Council in Surrey, 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:

Campaign

Before the election the Conservatives controlled the council with 31 seats, while the Liberal Democrats were the main opposition with 9 councillors.[3] This was after Liberal Democrat councillor Sakina Bradbury of Whyteleafe ward defected to the Conservatives in February 2008.[4] 14 of the 42 seats on the council were being contested by a total of 45 candidates,[5] with 3 of the sitting councillors not defending seats.[3] The Conservatives contested all 14 seats, compared to 13 Liberal Democrat candidates, 9 Labour Party, 6 UK Independence Party and 1 for the Green Party.[3]

Issues at the election included housing, with Labour calling for more affordable housing, while both the UK Independence Party and Green Party had concerns over the number of houses being built.[3] Other issues included recycling, with the Conservatives pointing to the weekly refuse collection that the council ran, council tax and leisure facilities.[3]

Election result

The Conservative party retained control of the council and made a net gain of 2 seats to have 42 councillors.[6] The Conservatives gained Queens Park and Warlingham East, Chelsham and Farleigh from the Liberal Democrats and Valley from independent Peter Longhurst.[7] The leader of the council, Conservative Gordon Keymer, said that it had been "a good night for us".[8] However the Conservatives did lose Westway to the Liberal Democrats by 88 votes,[8] which left the Liberal Democrats with 8 seats and there was 1 independent councillor.[6] Overall turnout at the election was 42.3%.[8]

Tandridge local election result 2008[9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 3 1 +2 78.6 58.0 11,577 +3.2%
  Liberal Democrats 3 1 2 -1 21.4 29.5 5,895 +1.3%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 5.4 1,074 -2.3%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 4.7 939 -1.5%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 1.9 387 -1.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 94 +0.5%

Ward results

Bletchingley and Nuffield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marian Myland 1,049 65.7 -1.5
Liberal Democrats Richard Fowler 235 14.7 +0.8
UKIP Graham Bailey 207 13.0 +0.0
Labour Rebecca Pritchard 106 6.6 +0.7
Majority 814 51.0 -2.3
Turnout 1,597 37.3 -1.0
Conservative hold Swing
Burstow, Horne and Outwood[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Jones 1,251 75.1 +2.7
Labour Stephen Case-Green 225 13.5 +13.5
UKIP William Nock 189 11.4 +0.3
Majority 1,026 61.6 +5.6
Turnout 1,665 37.3 +1.9
Conservative hold Swing
Godstone[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jules Gascoigne 985 57.9 -2.2
Liberal Democrats Colin White 422 24.8 -2.2
UKIP Helena Windsor 181 10.6 +3.2
Labour Maxine Mathews 112 6.6 +1.0
Majority 563 33.1 +0.0
Turnout 1,700 38.8 +1.9
Conservative hold Swing
Harestone[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Cooper 880 74.1 +8.3
Liberal Democrats Jill Elliff 307 25.9 -3.0
Majority 573 48.2 +11.3
Turnout 1,187 40.8
Conservative hold Swing
Oxted North and Tandridge[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gordon Keymer 1,262 66.7 +3.0
Liberal Democrats Matthew Griffiths 630 33.3 +4.1
Majority 632 33.4 -1.1
Turnout 1,892 44.6 +2.7
Conservative hold Swing
Oxted South[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Liz Parker 1,196 55.6 +9.4
Liberal Democrats Robert Wingate 420 19.5 +8.6
Labour Marjory Broughton 237 11.0 -23.6
UKIP Tony Stone 203 9.4 +1.0
Green Michaela O'Brien 94 4.4 +4.4
Majority 776 36.1 +24.5
Turnout 2,150 49.7 +0.5
Conservative hold Swing
Portley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Hilary Turner 650 53.2 +1.8
Conservative Peter Brent 522 42.7 +4.3
Labour Barbara Henning 50 4.1 -0.5
Majority 128 10.5 -2.5
Turnout 1,222 38.2 -3.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Queens Park[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Webster 764 53.0 +1.3
Liberal Democrats Lucy Darlow 629 43.6 -4.7
Labour Robin Clements 49 3.4 +3.4
Majority 135 9.4 +6.0
Turnout 1,442 53.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Valley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jane Ingram 415 37.5 +8.0
Independent Peter Longhurst 315 28.4 +28.4
Liberal Democrats Anne Bell 222 20.0 -35.4
UKIP Jeffrey Bolter 111 10.0 +1.5
Labour John Ellis 45 4.1 -2.5
Majority 100 9.1
Turnout 1,108 39.2 +1.5
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Warlingham East, Chelsham and Farleigh[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Camden 930 46.8 +3.6
Liberal Democrats Jeremy Pursehouse 873 44.0 -0.1
UKIP Martin Haley 183 9.2 -0.7
Majority 57 2.8
Turnout 1,986 48.7 +5.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Warlingham West[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Cooley 814 72.3 +3.0
Liberal Democrats Sarah Morrow 312 27.7 -3.0
Majority 502 44.6 +6.0
Turnout 1,126 43.4
Conservative hold Swing
Westway[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Gosling 573 50.8 +13.0
Conservative Paul Blanchard 485 43.0 -10.3
Labour Peter McNeil 70 6.2 -2.7
Majority 88 7.8
Turnout 1,128 38.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Whyteleafe[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jeffrey Gray 526 53.8 -6.2
Conservative Brian Jeffery 407 41.6 +1.6
Labour John Burgess 45 4.6 +4.6
Majority 119 12.2 -7.8
Turnout 978 35.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Woldingham[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Butcher 617 78.6 -6.2
Liberal Democrats David Martin 96 12.2 -3.0
Independent John O'Brien 72 9.2 +9.2
Majority 521 66.4 -3.2
Turnout 785 51.6 -3.7
Conservative hold Swing

By-elections between 2008 and 2010

Godstone

Godstone By-Election 4 June 2009[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Childs 1,216 64.1 +6.2
Liberal Democrats Colin White 681 35.9 +11.1
Majority 535 28.2 -4.9
Turnout 1,897 44.2 +5.4
Conservative hold Swing

Whyteleafe

A by-election was held in Whyteleafe on 2 February 2010 after Liberal Democrat councillor Jeffrey Gray resigned from the council when he moved away from Tandridge.[12] The seat was held for the Liberal Democrats by David Lee with 57% of the vote.[12]

Whyteleafe By-Election 2 February 2010[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Lee 444 57.0 +3.2
Conservative Chris Krishnan 236 30.3 -11.3
UKIP Jeffrey Bolter 99 12.7 +12.7
Majority 208 26.7 +14.5
Turnout 779 28.9 -6.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

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