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COUNCIL ELECTION 1998.
TORIES GAIN IN KINGSTON.
Voters punished the Liberal Democrats in Kingston last night with the Conservatives sweeping the board to become the largest party in the Guildhall.
However, the council remains hung with no party in overall control and as dawn broke the leaders of the Labour and Liberal Democrat groups were sitting down to discuss whether they could work together to run the council.
The Liberal Democrats, who campaigned hard in the run-up to the election, were obliterated in Canbury Ward where Labour picked up the protest vote against the felling of the Canbury poplars. One casualty was prominent Lib Dem John Tilley, chairman of Kingston Town Neighbourhood, who was overthrown in Canbury.
"No one could have turned it round," he said. "I'm just glad it's over."
His colleague Richard Lillicrap who also lost his Canbury seat agreed, saying: "It's a nightmare."
Good news for the Liberal Democrats, however, was that Jeff Hanna who defected to Labour last year, did not retain his Chessington South seat. Instead the ward remained staunchly Lib Dem.
Meanwhile the Conservatives were jubilant at seizing back their seats in St Mark's and Tolworth East.
David Edwards, leader of the Tory group, said that even he was surprised by the size of the swing to the Conservatives.
"We must now continue to grow until we are the largest party and regain control of the council," he said.
Labour group leader Jeremy Thorn said: "Labour have done as well as could have been hoped, but the big surprise is the revival of the Tory vote. No one could have predicted that."
Overall the Liberal Democrats lost seven seats, so they are now down to 19 from 26. The Conservatives gained four - up to 21 from 17 - and Labour gained three - taking them up from seven seats previously to 10.
While it is known that no party is keen on a "pact" with another in order to rule the council, the leaders were trying to fix a deal shortly after the count was announced whereby the parties could consider working together on an issue by issue basis.
The following councillors were elected:
Timothy Brown, Con.
Leslie Dale, Con.
Kevin Davis, Con.
Derek Osbourne, Lib Dem.
Adrian McLeay, Lib Dem.
Julie Haines, Lib Dem
John Heamon, Lib Dem.
Ian Manders, Lib Dem.
John Ellin, Lab.
Wendy Malseed, Lab.
Christopher Priest, Lab.
Brian Bennett, Lib Dem.
Vicki Harris, Lib Dem.
Patricia Bamford, Lib Dem.
Shiraz Mirza, Lib Dem.
Sally Scrivens, Lib Dem.
Peter Crerar, Con.
Patrick Codd, Con.
Derrick Chester, Lib Dem.
Chrissie Hitchcock, Lib Dem.
Roger Hayes, Lib Dem.
David Edwards, Con.
Eric Humphrey, Con.
Ian Reid, Lib Dem.
Katharine Reid, Lib Dem.
Rolson Davies, Lib Dem.
Ian McDonald, Lib Dem.
Julie Reay, Lab.
Steve Mama, Lab.
Ed Naylor, Lab.
Donald Jordan, Lib Dem.
Wyn Evans, Lib Dem.
ST JAMES WARD.
Michael Amson, Con.
David Fraser, Con.
Rajendra Pandya, Con.
ST MARKS WARD.
Dennis De Lord, Con.
Janice Jenner, Con.
Rupert Matthews, Con.
Janet Bowen-Hitchings, Con.
Paul Johnston, Con.
Jane Smith, Con.
David Booth, Con.
Keith Whitham, Con
Rory Faulkner, Lab.
Andrew Hall, Lab.
Marian Darke, Lab.
Jeremy Thorn, Lab.
David Cunningham, Con.
Dennis Doe, Con.
John Charles Burns, Conservative, 891
Bernard Michael Collignon, UK Independence, 43
Ervine Kewley, Liberal Democrat, 1269
Sheila P Neve, Labour, 109
Lib Dems hold
Total electors: 5065
45.8 per cent turnout this year compared with 49.8 in 1996
Cobham and Downside.
Carolyn Ann Gray, Labour, 333
Dorothy Margaret Mitchell, Conservative, 960
Total electors: 4551
Turnout 28.5 per cent compared with 33.9 in 1996
Winifred Nancy Heasman, Conservative, 516
Sheile Mary Henley, Lib Dem, 81
Irene Threlkeld, Labour, 145
Total electors: 3109
Turnout: 23.9 per cent compared with 30.8 in 1996
John Howard Barnes, Esher Res Assn, 757
Wendy Naomi Tanqueray, Conservative, 866
Total electors: 4483
Turnout 36.3 per cent compared with 43.9 in 1996
David Colin Bellchamber, Lib Dem, 260
Irene Hamilton, Labour, 728
Mark Twine, Conservative, 358
Total electors: 4159
Turnout 32.4 per cent compared with 40.9 in 1996
Barry Cheyne, Conservative, 1026
Andrew Peter Jackson, Lib Dem, 179
David Charles Williams, Labour, 483
Total electors: 4927
Turnout 34.4 per cent compared with 46.4 in 1996
Sheila Dorothy Forbes, Conservative, 673
Lilian Peart, Labour, 91
Arnold Walmsley, Hinchley Wood Res Assn, 749
Total electors: 3711
Turnout 40.7 per cent compared to 37.9 in 1996
Patricia Anne Cornford, Labour, 140
Peter Sosabowski, Conservative, 307
Torquil Stephen Stewart, Lib Dem, 731
Lib Dem hold
Total electors: 3017
Turnout 39.1 per cent compared with 43.9 in 1995
(last election year for this ward with two councillors)
Margaret Elizabeth Gittins, Labour, 131
Ernest Mallett, Molesey residents' association, 525
Anthony William Pegler, Conservative, 415
Martin Eric Tatnell, Molesey Community Society, 196
Total electors: 4525
Turnout 28 per cent compared with 31.7 in 1996
Ann Elizabeth Allnatt, Conservative, 166
Ray Jones, Molesey Residents' Association, 853
Andrea Mary Reid, Labour, 178
Total electors: 4598
Turnout 26 per cent compared with 30.7 in 1996
Vic Eldridge, Molesey Residents' Association, 513
Val Luck, Lib Dem, 368
John David Meech, Conservative, 179
Mick Moriarty, Labour, 436
Total electors: 4878
Turnout 30.8 per cent compared to 47.4 in 1996
Malcolm Lappin, Labour, 166
Sharon Joy Morris, Conservative, 896
Pamela Iris Stewart, Lib Dem, 318
Total electors: 4482
Turnout 30.8 per cent compared with 34.5 in 1996.
Elmbridge Council... the saga continues
Oxshott and Stoke D'Abernon.
Derek Scott Berry, Lib Dem, 170
Steven John Gray, Labour, 139
Norman Leslie Kaphan, Conservative, 953
Total electors: 4250
Turnout 29.8 per cent compared with 35.4 in 1996
St George's Hill.
Margaret Jane Barling, Labour, 126
Timothy Richard Butcher, Conservative, 754
Barbara Ida Fraser, Lib Dem, 156
Total electors: 4249
Turnout 24.4 per cent compared to 36.8 in 1996
Reg Bottomley, TD Pensioners and Ratepayers Assn, 192
Derek Charles Martin, Lib Dem, 753
Timothy Gerald Oliver, Conservative, 518
Ian Stuart Wilson, Labour, 122
Lib Dem hold
Total electors: 4076
Turnout 39.1 per cent compared with 43.6 in 1996
Sandra Mary Anderson, Lib Dem, 117
James Robert Collacott, Conservative, 217
Paul Charles Courtel, Labour, 331
David John Walsh, Walton Society, 350
Total electors: 2814
Turnout 36.1 per cent compared with 41.3 in 1995
(last election year for this ward with two councillors)
Muneer Deen, Labour, 126
Stewart Nixon Graham, Conservative, 298
Carole Ann Karp, Walton Society, 852
Wendy Elizabeth Norton, Lib Dem, 73
Total electors: 4222
Turnout 32 per cent compared to 38.1 in 1996
Jane Jill Baldwin, Labour, 160
Michael John Sage, Lib Dem, 86
Lionel Martin Schofield, Walton Society, 691
Trevor John Sherwood, Conservative, 828
Total electors: 5002
Turnout 35.4 per cent compared to 42.7 in 1996
Timothy Charles Crowther, Liberal Democrat, 531
Glenn Patrick Dearlove, Conservative, 642
George Kevin Bassett John, Labour, 64
Total electors: 3356
Turnout 37 per cent compared with 38.8 in 1996
Overall percentage of electorate who voted in 1996 = 39.1
Overall percentage this year: 32.8.
LIB DEMS WIN!.
Richmond's Liberal Democrats held on to control of the council last night, just as their leader David Williams had predicted beforehand.
The only real surprise of the evening came in the West Twickenham ward where Labour's Michael Gold retained his seat, but with a much increased majority - up to 400 from 100.
He said: "We now can prove this is a safe Labour seat."
First time candidate Mira Flemington was delighted to pull 1,128 votes and hold the East Sheen seat for the Conservatives.
When the count came in she said: "I'm glad and I am now looking forward to taking up my new post."
The Liberal Democrats held the Teddington and Ham and Petersham wards with council leader David Williams getting 1,487 votes.
Four wards went to recounts and the leader of the Conservative group Tony Arbour looked like coming home in his Hampton Wick ward with a majority of just 10 votes.
The news that mayor Maureen Woodriff had held her Hampton Nursery seat come in at 4pm and with the dawn came the certainty that the Liberal Democrats were going to retain power over the council.
Richmond's voters proved themselves keenly interested in who ran their council, by showing a healthy 50 per cent turnout (the national average was nearer 25 per cent).
Despite the tension of the night, there was the occasional humorous moment as husband and wife candidates Richard and Dabbie Hollis waited for the results in the West Twickenham ward where they were both standing for the Conservative party.
As Richard asked for a recount, despite the intial figures showing him 600 votes behind, Dabbie threatened to make him do the washing up for a week if he insisted. No recount was held.
The following councillors were elected:.
Catherine Gent, Lib Dem
John Ross, Con
Barbara Westmoreland, Lib Dem.
David Porter, Con
Simon Lamb, Con
Maria Flemington, Con
Nicholas True, Con.
David Cornwell, Lib Dem
Laurence Mann, Lib Dem
John Whittall, Lib Dem
HAM AND PETERSHAM.
Susan Jones, Lib Dem
Brian Miller, Lib Dem
David Williams, Lib Dem
Jean Matthews, Con
Anne Woodward, Con
Bryan Woodriff, Lib Dem.
Barbara Alexander, Lib Dem
Mark Kreling, Con
Geoffrey Samuel, Con.
Jonathan Cardy, Lib Dem
Maureen Woodriff, Lib Dem.
Tony Arbour, Con
Elizabeth Parsons, Con
Gita Rae, Lib Dem.
Michael Jones, Lib Dem
Robert King, Lib Dem
William Treble, Lib Dem.
Anthony Barnett, Lib Dem
Serge Lourie, Lib Dem
Jill Miller, Lib Dem.
Barry Langford, Lab
Brain Matthews, Lab
Eleanor Stanier, Lib Dem.
Result not known at time of press.
Penelope Lee, Lib Dem
Anthony Mollett, Lib Dem
Mary Weber, Lib Dem.
Nick Carthew, Lib Dem
Alison Cornish, Lib Dem.
Alan Butler, Con
Nicholas Lait, Con
Doug Orchard, Con.
Martin Elengorn, Lib Dem
Stephen Knight, Lib Dem
James Mumford, Lib Dem.
Michael Gold, Lab
Elizabeth MacKenzie, Lab.
Georgina MacKinney, Lib Dem
Keith MacKinney, Lib Dem
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