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Havant Borough Council election, 2008

Map of the results of the 2008 Havant Borough Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Labour in red.

The 2008 Havant Borough Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Havant Borough Council in Hampshire, 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

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BackgroundEdit

Before the election the Conservatives ran the council with 31 of the 38 seats.[3] 14 seats were contested at the election with a total of 55 candidates standing at the election.[3] As well as full slates from the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats, there were 9 candidates from the UK Independence Party and 2 each from the Green party and the English Democrats.[3]

Election resultEdit

The Conservatives increased their majority on the council after Mike Sceal took a seat in Warren Park ward from Labour.[4] This took the Conservatives to 32 seats, while Labour dropped to 3 seats on the council.[4] Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat Faith Ponsonby held a seat in Battins ward to keep the Liberal Democrats having 3 councillors.[4] Overall turnout at the election was 32.2%.[5]

Havant local election result 2008[5][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 12 1 0 +1 85.7 58.0 17,202 +0.5%
  Liberal Democrat 1 0 0 0 7.1 23.5 6,977 +0.2%
  Labour 1 0 1 -1 7.1 11.0 3,263 +4.6%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 5.3 1,585 +3.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 385 -2.9%
  English Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 253 +0.1%

Ward resultsEdit

Barncroft[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Yvonne Weeks 575 54.7 +10.7
Labour Bill Fish 187 17.8 -9.1
UKIP Ray Finch 146 13.9 -1.6
Liberal Democrat Liam Hutchings 143 13.6 +0.1
Majority 388 36.9 +19.8
Turnout 1,051 24.2 -0.6
Conservative hold Swing
Battins[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Faith Ponsonby 559 46.4 +16.2
Conservative Leonard Shaw 292 24.3 -1.0
Labour Paul Hansford 199 16.5 -15.4
UKIP Peter Legge 154 12.8 +12.8
Majority 267 22.2
Turnout 1,204 24.9 +1.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Bedhampton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Smith 1,216 47.1 +10.2
Liberal Democrat John Sawtell 903 35.0 -13.3
English Democrat George Herbert 182 7.1 +2.8
Labour Anne Edwards 170 6.6 +1.4
UKIP Stephen Little 110 4.3 +1.1
Majority 313 12.1
Turnout 2,581 36.8 -3.9
Conservative hold Swing
Bondfields[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Terry Hart 385 33.4 -3.0
Conservative Anne Fairhurst 318 27.6 +10.3
Liberal Democrat Jane Briggs 257 22.3 -23.9
UKIP Hedley Lester 121 10.5 +10.5
English Democrat Grant Greenham 71 6.2 +6.2
Majority 67 5.8
Turnout 1,152 23.1 -4.1
Labour hold Swing
Cowplain[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Keast 1,645 71.7 -2.8
Liberal Democrat John Jacobs 495 21.6 +4.1
Labour Kenneth Monks 155 6.8 -1.2
Majority 1,150 50.1 -6.9
Turnout 2,295 31.4 +0.4
Conservative hold Swing
Emsworth[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brendan Gibb-Gray 2,287 66.1 +8.7
Liberal Democrat Christopher Maple 699 20.2 -3.8
Labour Ken Gilchrist 263 7.6 +0.8
UKIP Alex Spurge 209 6.0 +0.5
Majority 1,588 45.9 +12.4
Turnout 3,458 43.9 -1.3
Conservative hold Swing
Hart Plain[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Elaine Shimbart 1,421 61.6 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Rod Crawford 681 29.5 -12.0
Labour Howard Sherlock 204 8.8 +8.8
Majority 740 32.1 +15.0
Turnout 2,306 30.9 +2.7
Conservative hold Swing
Hayling East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sheila Pearce 1,494 63.0 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Janis Shawashi 351 14.8 +1.6
UKIP Gary Kerrin 306 12.9 +12.9
Labour Colin Blunden 221 9.3 +9.3
Majority 1,143 48.2 +7.9
Turnout 2,372 32.6 -1.1
Conservative hold Swing
Hayling West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Victor Pierce-Jones 1,842 68.6 +5.3
Liberal Democrat Tim Pascall 449 16.7 +7.9
UKIP Russell Thomas 212 7.9 +3.5
Labour Derek Smith 181 6.7 +6.7
Majority 1,393 51.9 +7.7
Turnout 2,684 38.8 -3.2
Conservative hold Swing
Purbrook[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Farrow 1,471 66.2 +11.9
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Moore-Blunt 280 12.6 +2.8
Labour David Potts 280 12.6 +1.4
Green Julie Blenkharn 190 8.6 +2.3
Majority 1,191 53.6 +17.8
Turnout 2,221 31.0 -0.2
Conservative hold Swing
St Faiths[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Guest 1,318 45.9 -2.4
Liberal Democrat Ray Cobbett 915 31.9 +1.4
UKIP Elizabeth Snow 223 7.8 +4.0
Labour Ralph Cousins 218 7.6 -0.2
Green Tim Dawes 195 6.8 -0.2
Majority 403 14.0 -3.8
Turnout 2,869 40.5 -2.3
Conservative hold Swing
Stakes[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Caren Tarrant 1,108 62.7 +11.1
Liberal Democrat Ann Bazley 365 20.6 +1.6
Labour Barry Steel 295 16.7 -2.0
Majority 743 42.0 +9.4
Turnout 1,768 23.8 -0.3
Conservative hold Swing
Warren Park[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mike Sceal 407 36.1 +9.0
Liberal Democrat Ann Brown 383 34.0 +15.9
Labour Virginia Steel 234 20.7 -21.7
UKIP Stephen Harris 104 9.2 -3.2
Majority 24 2.1
Turnout 1,128 23.5 +3.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Waterloo[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hunt 1,808 70.2 -2.2
Liberal Democrat Frederick Dunford 497 19.3 +1.0
Labour Margaret Beauvoisin 271 10.5 +1.2
Majority 1,311 50.9 -3.2
Turnout 2,576 34.1 +0.1
Conservative hold Swing

By-elections between 2008 and 2010Edit

A by-election was held in Waterloo ward on the 4 September 2008 after the death of councillor Wendy Brown.[7] The seat was narrowly held for the Conservatives by Ray Bastin with a majority of 48 votes over the Liberal Democrats.[7]

Waterloo by-election 4 September 2008[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ray Bastin 849 48.7 -21.5
Liberal Democrat Fred Dunford 801 45.9 +26.6
Labour Howard Sherlock 95 5.4 -5.1
Majority 48 2.8 -48.1
Turnout 1,745 23.2 -10.9
Conservative hold Swing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Havant". BBC News Online. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Full election results". The Guardian. NewsBank. 3 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Havant: Tories face tough fight on the night". The News. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Big increase on already-hefty Tory majority". The News. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Borough Council Election Results May 2008". Havant Borough Council. Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Local elections 08 nationwide results". The Times. NewsBank. 3 May 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c "Tories cling on to seat". The News. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results". Retrieved 20 June 2014.