Preston Borough Council election, 1999

Elections to Preston Borough Council were held on 6 May 1999. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party kept overall control of the council after a Liberal Democrat councillor defected to them on the night of the counting of the votes.

After the election, the composition of the council was:

PartySeats  ±  
Labour 29 -1
Liberal Democrat 13 0
Conservative 13 0
Independent 2 +1

Election result

Preston Local Election Result 1999
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 9 -1 45.00 37.59 12,098
  Conservative 6 0 30.00 30.70 9,878
  Liberal Democrat 4 0 20.00 27.74 8,927
  Independent 1 +1 5.00 3.97 1,277

Ward results

The 1999 and 2000 results are for the electoral wards prior to the boundary changes which took place for the 2002 "all out" elections.


This north west suburban ward was barely changed in the subsequent boundary changes put in place for 2002. This mix of housing and shopping areas includes a couple of popular schools and commuting bases.

Preston City Council Elections: Ashton Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Tyson 1,016 59.17
Labour Stacey Borrow 550 32.03
Liberal Democrat Alfred Wild 149 8.68
Majority 466 27.17


This troubled of high-rise flats and council housing, and private houses in the Frenchwood area on the banks of the River Ribble, would be merged with some areas of Preston's then town centre in the subsequent boundary review.

Preston City Council Elections: Avenham Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Musa Ahmed Jiwa 794 65.84
Liberal Democrat Margaret Marshall 207 17.16
Conservative Paul Hammond 202 16.75
Majority 587 48.79


A ward in the north east of the town with a mix of social housing and a suburban outer core.

Preston City Council Elections: Brookfield Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jonathan Harish Chandra Saksena 638 62.86
Conservative Keith Sedgewick 243 23.94
Liberal Democrat Mavis Cooper 131 12.91
Majority 395 39.03


Placed on the outer fringes of Fulwood this is a box-shaped urban ward of middle-class and retired population with a sizable commuting base.

Preston City Council Elections: Cadley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Michael Onyon 1,300 62.08
Conservative Paul Balshaw 658 31.42
Labour Michael Carruthers 132 6.30
Majority 642 30.72


Based on the area surrounding the growing University and St Walberg's Church, this ward would be divided amongst a number of wards in the boundary review in place for the 2002 elections.

Preston City Council Elections: Central Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carl Crompton 790 68.16
Liberal Democrat Simon Moore 190 16.39
Conservative James Seddon 178 15.36
Majority 600 51.81


This ward of terraced housing and Preston North End football club was once recorded as the most deprived in the country.

Preston City Council Elections: Deepdale Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Joyce Cartwright 984 52.00
Labour Henry Heaps 543 28.70
Conservative Anne Hammond 196 10.36
Liberal Democrat Bernadette Jones 157 8.30
Majority 441 23.46


The troubled Callan estate and great swathes of comfortable housing makes up the Fishwick ward in the southwest of the town, up against the South Ribble border.

Preston City Council Elections: Fishwick Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Hall 615 62.25
Conservative David Hammond 214 21.66
Liberal Democrat Wilf Gavin 152 15.38
Majority 401 40.88


In the north of the town, this ward named after a private house is a central element of Fulwood and spans the A6 road from Preston to Lancaster.

Preston City Council Elections: Greyfriars Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoff Driver 1,354 52.97
Liberal Democrat Raymond Askew 1,069 41.82
Labour Terence Mattinson 126 4.93
Majority 285 11.18


In the north west of the town, the Ingol and Tanterton areas bring together a notable amount of retirement homes and comfortable properties up against the Lancaster Canal and social housing.

Preston City Council Elections: Ingol Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Ann Green 899 66.84
Labour Julie Humphrey 239 18.60
Conservative Shiela Hays 202 15.02
Majority 660 49.25


Based on two post-war overspill estates of Larches and Savick

Preston City Council Elections: Larches Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Joe Fitzgerald 652 50.74
Labour John Swindells 516 40.16
Conservative Julie Milne 116 9.03
Majority 136 10.59

Moor Park

In the central area of Preston this ward is based on Plungington and the terraces near Moor Park itself. The ward cut into the southern parts of Fulwood which would be transferred in the subsequent boundary review to the new College ward.

Preston City Council Elections: Moor Park Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Francesco di Molfetta 860 51.40
Liberal Democrat John Monk 430 25.70
Conservative Rowena Edmonson 373 22.30
Majority 430 25.86

Preston Rural East

This expanse of rural villages and farming communities includes the Broughton and Goosnargh.

Preston City Council Elections: Rural East Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Gates 1,464 79.78
Liberal Democrat Edward Rowland 202 11.01
Labour John Williams 170 9.26
Majority 1262 68.74

Preston Rural West

Largely based on the Woodplumpton and Lea and Cottam areas to the west of the town towards the Fylde border.

Preston City Council Elections: Rural West Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christine Abram 1,112 45.84
Conservative George Wilkins 1,060 43.69
Labour John Collins 250 10.30
Majority 52 2.15


In the east of the town this ward has a high percentage of social housing.

Preston City Council Elections: Ribbleton Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Glenys di Cioccio 432 53.60
Independent (politician) Ronald Yates 156 19.35
Conservative Jane Balshaw 132 16.38
Liberal Democrat Heather Drury 85 10.55
Majority 276 34.29


A growing ward with Broadgate against the River Ribble and the redeveloped Marina complex.

Preston City Council Elections: Riversway Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Marcus Johnstone 734 46.72
Liberal Democrat Alan Valentine 702 44.68
Conservative Susan Brown 132 8.40
Majority 32 2.04

Sharoe Green

Based on the urban environs around the Sharoe Green hospital in the southern part of Fulwood

Preston City Council Elections: Sharoe Green Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Fazackerley 1,083 59.80
Liberal Democrat Michael Turner 511 28.22
Labour Pauline Sanderson 215 11.87
Majority 572 31.62


In the east of the town, against the rural border of Ribble Valley this ward of semi-rural housing and out-of-town industrial development was split in the subsequent boundary review.

Preston City Council Elections: Sherwood Ward (2 member election)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Marie Milne 1,291 31.93
Conservative Stuart Greenhalgh 1,288 31.86
Labour Angela Milne-Picken 403 9.97
Labour John Houghton 388 9.60
Liberal Democrat Margaret Maritan 349 8.63
Liberal Democrat John Smith 324 8.01

St Matthews

The built up terraces and urban sprawl between the centre and the eastern extremities of Ribbleton. HMP Preston is in this ward.

Preston City Council Elections: St Matthews Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rose Kinsella 686 59.19
Conservative Elaine Pugh 185 15.96
Independent Paul Malliband 137 11.82
Liberal Democrat Anne-Marie Riedel 136 11.73
Majority 501 43.79


A ward in the central west of the town crossing the main east/west Blackpool road.

Preston City Council Elections: Tulketh Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jean al-Serraj 787 47.13
Conservative Stanley Baines 711 42.57
Liberal Democrat James MacGregor 170 10.18
Majority 76 4.56


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