Map of the results of the 2008 Worthing council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.
Map of the results of the 2008 Worthing council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

The 2008 Worthing Borough Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Worthing Borough Council in West Sussex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.[1] Overall turnout was 35%.[2]

Candidates from five political parties took part in the election from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, British National Party, Labour and United Kingdom Independence Party and one candidate standing on a "Stop! Durrington's Overdevelopment – Save Titnore's Trees" platform.[3] The results of the election were declared at a joint count with Adur council, the first time such a joint count had taken place in West Sussex.[4] The count saw an incident where one candidate, Dawn Smith, was arrested after some of her supporters were prevented from entering the count.[5]

The results saw the Conservatives gain three seats to increase their majority on the council.[6] They gained Broadwater ward from the Liberal Democrats, and also Goring where the previous councillor had defected from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.[7][8] The third Conservative gain was in Offington where the previous councillor, Mark McCarthy, had been elected as a Conservative, but had resigned to sit as an independent Conservative.[7][9] The Liberal Democrats did make one gain when they took Selden ward, where the previous Conservative councillor had stood down.[7]

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Election result

Worthing local election result 2008
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 9 3 1 +2 69.2 50.5 13,137 -1.9%
  Liberal Democrats 4 1 2 -1 30.8 37.0 9,632 +4.4%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 7.7 2,008 +2.2%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 813 -1.6%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 326 +1.3%
  Stop Durrington's Overdevelopment – Save Titnore's Trees 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 99 -0.2%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0

Ward results

Broadwater[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Don Allen 977 47.4 -2.2
Liberal Democrats Nick John 952 46.2 +2.2
Labour John Turley 132 6.4 0.0
Majority 25 1.2 -4.4
Turnout 2,061
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Castle[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Potter 1,167 55.8
Conservative Ruth White 926 44.2
Majority 241 11.6
Turnout 2,093 33 -2.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Central[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Coppard 791 44.9 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Neil Condon 698 39.6 +8.8
Labour Peter Barnes 148 8.4 -0.4
UKIP Christopher Woodward 126 7.1 +2.3
Majority 93 5.3 -6.6
Turnout 1,763 28 -3.5
Conservative hold Swing
Durrington[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Michael Donin 708 45.6
Conservative Mark Withers 631 40.6
UKIP Chris Chatfield 215 13.8
Majority 77 5.0
Turnout 1,554 35 -1.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Gaisford[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Barlow 1,026 48.5 +1.1
Liberal Democrats Janet Goldsbrough-Jones 951 45.0 +8.1
Labour Hazel Rennie 137 6.5 -0.8
Majority 75 3.5 -7.0
Turnout 2,114 32 -3.0
Conservative hold Swing
Goring[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mary Lermitte 1,921 68.3 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Merlin Jones 523 18.6 +4.4
UKIP Richard Bater 368 13.1 +1.9
Majority 1,398 49.7 +1.0
Turnout 2,812 42 -1.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Heene[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul High 1,018 61.7 +8.1
Liberal Democrats Alan Jones 632 38.3 +14.4
Majority 386 23.4 -6.3
Turnout 1,650 28 -3.0
Conservative hold Swing
Marine[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joan Bradley 1,351 63.2 -0.2
Liberal Democrats Gary Riding 508 23.8 +9.4
UKIP Phil Ruddock 278 13.0 +5.8
Majority 843 39.4 -9.6
Turnout 2,137 33 -3.7
Conservative hold Swing
Northbrook[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mary Harding 372 40.5 -5.0
Liberal Democrats Michael Cranefield 354 38.6 -15.9
Stop Durrington's Overdevelopment – Save Titnore's Trees Dawn Smith 99 10.8 +10.8
BNP Jim Baxter 93 10.1 +10.1
Majority 18 1.9
Turnout 918 26 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing
Offington[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Elizabeth Sparkes 1,533 64.8 -12.4
UKIP Mike Glennon 402 17.0 +17.0
Liberal Democrats Patricia Izod 289 12.2 -5.6
Labour John Gardiner 142 6.0 +0.9
Majority 1,131 47.8 -11.6
Turnout 2,366 38 -1.0
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Salvington[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jacqui Marsh 1,311 57.5 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Jacqueline Cranefield 540 23.7 -0.4
UKIP Ron Brooks 428 18.8 +4.2
Majority 771 33.8 -3.4
Turnout 2,279 32 -3.0
Conservative hold Swing
Selden[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats James Doyle 1,227 54.1 +9.5
Conservative Stephanie Hedley-Barnes 673 29.7 -15.5
BNP David Little 233 10.3 +10.3
Labour Ann Saunders 133 5.9 -4.3
Majority 554 34.4
Turnout 2,266 39 +3.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Tarring[2][7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Norah Fisher 1,083 54.1 -4.2
Conservative David Ide 607 30.3 +1.0
UKIP Ann Brown 191 9.5 +2.8
Labour Sid Wells 121 6.0 +0.2
Majority 476 23.8 -5.2
Turnout 2,002 31 -2.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

References

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  4. ^ "Worthing and Adur election results as they happen". West Sussex Gazette. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Breaking news: Arrests as trouble flares at Worthing election count". Chichester Observer. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
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