Map of the results of the 2008 Woking council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow and Conservatives in blue. Wards in grey were not contested in 2008.
Map of the results of the 2008 Woking council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow and Conservatives in blue. Wards in grey were not contested in 2008.

The 2008 Woking Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Woking Borough 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:

Background

13 seats were contested in the election with 42 candidates from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Labour and United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).[3] Labour only put forward 6 candidates, while UKIP had candidates in every ward for the first time.[4] Since the 2007 election the Conservatives had held a majority on the council after a long period with no party holding a majority.[5]

Election result

The results saw the Conservatives maintain their majority on the council with 19 seats compared to 17 for the Liberal Democrats.[4] Seven new councillors were elected after five sitting councillors stood down and 2 Liberal Democrats lost in the election.[4] The Conservatives gained seats from the Liberal Democrats in Brookwood and Horsell West, while the Liberal Democrats won seats back in Knaphill and Maybury and Sheerwater.[4] Overall turnout in the election at 43.46%,[6] was almost the same as the 43.6% seen in 2007.[4]

Woking Local Election Result 2008[6][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrats 7 2 2 0 53.8 44.1 11,230 +8.7%
  Conservative 6 2 2 0 46.2 46.7 11,885 -4.2%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 4.6 1,178 -4.1%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 4.6 1,160 +0.1%

Ward results

Brookwood[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Glynis Preshaw 488 48.7 +3.4
Liberal Democrats Michael Peel 477 47.6 -1.7
UKIP William March 19 1.9 +1.9
Labour Richard Ford 19 1.9 -0.1
Majority 11 1.1
Turnout 1,003 52.9 -1.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Byfleet[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Anne Roberts 1,204 50.6 +7.6
Conservative Simon Farrant 1,106 46.5 -10.5
UKIP Richard Squire 68 2.9 +2.9
Majority 98 4.1
Turnout 2,378 44.1 +0.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Goldsworth East[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Rosie Sharpley 1,261 58.4 +6.5
Conservative David Roe 654 30.3 -7.1
UKIP Robert Burberry 126 5.8 +2.5
Labour John Scott-Morgan 120 5.6 -1.8
Majority 607 28.1 +13.6
Turnout 2,161 40.0 -0.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Goldsworth West[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ian Eastwood 661 55.3 -8.9
Conservative Anthony Casey 369 30.9 +1.7
Labour Paul Brown 116 9.7 +3.1
UKIP Leo Dix 50 4.2 +4.2
Majority 292 24.4 -10.6
Turnout 1,196 31.3 -1.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Horsell East and Woodham[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Smith 1,100 70.3 -0.8
Liberal Democrats John Doran 334 21.4 +3.0
UKIP Marion Free 130 8.3 +1.8
Majority 766 48.9 -3.8
Turnout 1,564 44.5 -3.4
Conservative hold Swing
Horsell West[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Branagan 1,249 48.0 -2.7
Liberal Democrats Ann-Marie Barker 1,153 44.3 +4.5
UKIP Timothy Shaw 117 4.5 +0.3
Labour Audrey Worgan 82 3.2 -0.4
Majority 96 3.7 -7.2
Turnout 2,601 49.3 -2.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Kingfield and Westfield[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Derek McCrum 699 39.4 +7.5
Conservative Carl Thomson 509 28.7 -7.7
Labour John Martin 478 26.9 +1.7
UKIP Dennis Davey 88 5.0 -1.4
Majority 190 10.7
Turnout 1,774 44.9 +1.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Knaphill[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Oliver Wells 1,380 49.8 +7.3
Conservative Beryl Dunham 1,258 45.4 +1.1
UKIP Duncan Clarke 131 4.7 -3.1
Majority 122 4.4
Turnout 2,769 39.5 +2.3
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Maybury and Sheerwater[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mohammed Bashir 1,551 49.1 +14.9
Conservative Rashid Mohammed 1,104 35.0 -3.8
Labour Nicholas Trier 363 11.5 -10.4
UKIP Marcia Taylor 139 4.4 +1.4
Majority 447 14.1
Turnout 3,157 48.6 +2.8
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Mount Hermon East[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Bittleston 942 54.3 +10.1
Liberal Democrats Philip Goldenberg 736 42.4 -6.0
UKIP Judith Squire 56 3.2 -0.7
Majority 206 11.9
Turnout 1,734 47.4 -1.3
Conservative hold Swing
Mount Hermon West[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ian Johnson 965 61.0 +4.3
Conservative Valerian Hopkins 568 35.9 +0.7
UKIP Mary Kingston 48 3.0 -1.5
Majority 397 25.1 +3.6
Turnout 1,581 37.9 -5.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Pyrford[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ashley Bowes 1,379 70.5 -5.8
Liberal Democrats Andrew Grimshaw 466 23.8 +6.2
UKIP Robin Milner 112 5.7 -0.5
Majority 913 46.7 -12.0
Turnout 1,957 39.2 -12.2
Conservative hold Swing
West Byfleet[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Elson 1,159 73.4 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Michael Wilson 343 21.7 +8.1
UKIP Graham Wood 76 4.8 +0.7
Majority 816 51.7 -11.9
Turnout 1,578 39.2 -4.0
Conservative hold Swing

References

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  2. ^ "Local elections: Results: Voters in the cities and the shires have their say in the ballot box". The Guardian. 2 May 2008. p. 7.
  3. ^ "Election - Who's who in Surrey's 2008 elections". getsurrey. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
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  5. ^ "Election - Woking's main battlegrounds". getsurrey. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
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