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Harborough District Council Election Results since 1995


Current standings of the parties on Harborough District Council:

Liberal Democrat 13
Conservative     12
Labour            8 
Independent       4
Current Status:

NO OVERALL CONTROL


About Harborough District Council

For additional information the council has a Web Site

Harborough District covers south and south-eastern areas of Leicestershire. It covers a large rural portion of the county stretching from Market Harborough in the east to Lutterowrth in the west with the county boundary along the A5 as it's westernmost limit. The southern border of the District is again the county boundary while it's eastern border is shared with Rutland.

To the north it is bordered by Oadby, Wigston and Blaby District. The council also covers an area to the east of Leicester between Leicester and Rutland. The northern boundary here is near the A47 trunk road with the villages of Houghton-on-the-Hill and Scraptoft included in the District.

The council is elected once every four years. The next elections are due on the first Thursday of May 1999.

The Results

All elections since 1995 are shown, including by-elections.

Key to abbrevations

C       Conservative Party
G       Green Party
Ind     Independent
Lab     Labour Party
LD      Liberal Democrat
NL      Natural Law


BILLESDON (1 seat)

4/5/95
CON HOLD
J Fort          C       385
S Taylor        Lab     129
                   maj. 256

BOSWORTH (1 seat)

4/5/95
CON HOLD
B Jones         C       336
A Palmer        Lab     140
C Dack          LD      109
                   maj. 194

BROUGHTON (2 seats)

4/5/95
LAB HOLD 1 LAB GAIN 1 FROM CON
E Ranson        Lab     833
D Smith         Lab     642
E Bayliss       Ind     581
P Weston        Ind     434
Bayliss was a sitting councillor but resigned from the Conservative group and fought this election as an independent.

DUNTON (1 seat)

4/5/95
LAB GAIN FROM CON
T Ottevanger    Lab     231
M de Marais     Ind     230
C Allibone      C       224
                   maj.   1

EASTON (1 seat)

4/5/95
IND HOLD
E Hubbard       Ind     466
J Clarke        Lab     245
                   maj. 221

FLECKNEY (2 seats)

4/5/95
CON HOLD 1 LAB GAIN 1 FROM CON
P Ledwith       Lab     578
R Marriott      C       528
P Middleton     C       467

GILMORTON (1 seat)

4/5/95
LIB DEM HOLD
G Gardiner      LD      456
P Boult         C       150
M Goddard       Lab     139 
S Lincoln       NL        8
                   maj. 306

GLEN (2 seats)

4/5/95
CON HOLD 2
G Hallam        C       627
J Jones         C       614
J Castleford    Lab     472
C Druce         Lab     465
(resignation)
(by-election)
19/6/97
CON HOLD
Conservative    C       544  52.7%  (-4.3%)
Lib Dem         LD      339  32.9% (+32.9%)
Labour          Lab     149  14.4% (-28.6%)

                   maj. 205  19.9%
                Turnout: 33.0%

Swing: 18.6% Con to Lib Dem

HOUGHTON (1 seat)

4/5/95
CON HOLD
J Sharman       C       571               
K Roskrow       Lab     219
                   maj. 352

KIBWORTH (2 seats)

4/5/95
IND HOLD 1 IND GAIN 1 FROM CON
P Burfott       Ind    1514
M Bladon        Ind    1369
C Donlan        C       592
P Munro         Lab     345
A Wright        Lab     166

KILWORTH (1 seat)

4/5/95
CON HOLD
N Hall          C       410
K Ratcliffe     Lab     301
                   maj. 109

LANGTON (1 seat)

4/5/95
CON GAIN FROM IND
M Newton        C       306
N Whitbread     Lab     103
J Simpson       LD       60
                   maj. 203

LUBENHAM (1 seat)

4/5/95
IND HOLD
K Day           Ind     490
G Carroll       Lab     131
                   maj. 359

LUTTERWORTH LINDEN (1 seat)

4/5/95
CON HOLD
E Derrick       C       373
M Coulson       Lab     344
                   maj.  29

LUTTERWORTH SHERRIER (1 seat)

4/5/95
LAB HOLD
P Gray          Lab     470
J Ackerley      C       263
                   maj. 207

LUTTERWORTH ST MARY'S (1 seat)

4/5/95
LAB HOLD
R Wood          Lab     398
G Jones         Ind     243
                   maj. 155

LUTTERWORTH WYCLIFFE (1 seat)

4/5/95
LAB GAIN FROM CON
W Bach          Lab     364
P Toye          C       189
D Scrimgeour    LD       29
                   maj.  75

MARKET HARBOROUGH BOWDEN (2 seats)

4/5/95
LIB DEM HOLD 2
P Knowles       LD     1034
S King          LD      809
A Riddett       C       352
L Hazlerigg     C       261
G Looker        Lab     183
(by-election)
7/12/95
LIB DEM HOLD
Full result not available

MARKET HARBOROUGH NORTH (3 seats)

4/5/95
LIB DEM HOLD 3
G Blenkinsopp   LD      899
G Blenkinsopp   LD      858 
A King          LD      833 
W Adams         C       311
A Hazlerigg     C       271
R Feltham       C       261
P Ranson        Lab     206
G Gough         Lab     204

MARKET HARBOROUGH SOUTH (2 seats)

4/5/95
LIB DEM HOLD 2
R Dunton        LD      800
B Summers       LD      736
S Mace          C       198
J Hatter        C       192
M White         Lab     179

MARKET HARBOROUGH WEST (3 seats)

4/5/95
LIB DEM HOLD 1 LIB DEM GAIN 2 FROM CON
P Callis        LD     1154
D Taylor        LD      991
M Punter        LD      976
J Gilding       C       626
R Mason         C       487
R Clowes        C       458
R Morris        Lab     426

PEATLING (1 seat)

4/5/95
CON HOLD
K Hall          C       483
R Lacey         Lab     241
                   maj. 242

SCRAPTOFT (1 seat)

LIB DEM HOLD
R Mitchell      LD      519
V Jones         Lab      56
J Wilson        C        47
                   maj. 463

THURNBY (2 seats)

4/5/95
CON HOLD 1, LIB DEM HOLD 1
S Galton        LD     1113
A Dawson        C       561
M Hufford       Lab     295

TILTON (1 seat)

4/5/95
CON HOLD
R Fewkes        C       247
J Coy           Lab     176
M Bowen         G       107
                   maj.  71

ULLESTHORPE (1 seat)

4/5/95
LAB GAIN FROM CON
G Cheverton     Lab     431
J Mattock       C       287
                   maj.  44

Summary of results 4/5/95 full council election

Party             Votes   %   Candidates  Elected  Unopposed   Full    Votes per
                                                              Council  candidate
Liberal Democrat 11,376  30.0     16      13 (+2)      -        13       711.6
Conservative     11,077  29.9     30      12 (-7)      -        12       369.2
Labour            9,112  24.6     30       8 (+5)      -         8       307.7
Independents      5,327  14.4      8       4 (-)       -         4       665.9  
Green               107   0.3      1       0 (-)       -         0       107.0
Natural Law           8   0.0      1       0 (-)       -         0         8.0  
Turnout: N/A

NOC GAIN FROM CON

Results from the Leicester Mercury 5/5/95 and 6/5/95

Commentary on 4/5/95 full council election

From the Leicester Mercury 5/5/95 and 6/5/95

5/5/95
Just over half Harborough's seats were due to be declared today, but already the Liberal Democrats are celebrating, having won all 10 seats in the town of Market Harborough. Since 1986, when all but two of the town seats were Tory-held, the Lib-Dems have built up their strength, winning the last two from the Conservatives last night. The average turnout of 44 per cent also produced a successful night for Labour, who increased their showing from three seats to five.

The first 18 seats declared last night included one independent and just two Conservatives, but when the remaining 19 results are known today more Tory success are expected to be seen. Long standing Broughton Astley councillor Eileen Bayliss, who resigned from the Conservative group last year and stood as an independent, lost her seat to Labour's Dave Smith.

6/5/95
The Conservatives have lost their one seat majority in Harborough, and the largest party on the District council is now the Liberal Democrats with 13 seats - although no party has overall control.

Liberal Democrats gained two seats in the elections, but damage was also inflicted on the Tories by Labour, who gained five new seats in this once true-blue district to increase their numbers on the council to eight.

The independent share of the 37 seats remained the same at four, but the Conservative share has slumped from 19 to 12. In the first 18 seats, declared on Thursday night, the Liberal Democrats took all 10 in Market Harborough, Labour won both Broughton seats and three in Lutterworth, Conservatives held the remaining Lutterworth seat and won langton, and Independent Ken Day held on to Lubenham.


Results and commentaries, where stated as from the Leicester Mercury, are copyright of the Leicester Mercury, reproduced by permission - Leicester Mercury's Gateway to Leicestershire
Information Supplier: Ian Ridley
Last Updated: Sept 1998