Conservatives endure difficult night as Labour and Liberal Democrats make gains in Herts County Council elections
PUBLISHED: 03:13 03 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:24 03 May 2013
CONSERVATIVES in Welwyn Hatfield endured a difficult night, losing three seats in the County Hall elections.
At a glance: Herts County Council election results 2013
Goffs Oak and Bury Green: Robert Gordon, Conservative (Conservative hold)
Haldens: Sara Johnston, Conservative (Conservative hold)
Handside and Peartree: Malcolm Cowan, Liberal Democrat (Liberal Democrat hold)
Hatfield North: Maureen Cook, Labour (Labour gain)
Hatfield Rural: Mark Mills-Bishop, Conservative (Conservative hold)
Hatfield South: Paul Zukowskyj, Liberal Democrat (Liberal Democrat gain)
Knebworth and Codicote: Richard Thake, Conservative (Conservative hold)
Potters Bar South: Peter Knell, Conservative (Conservative hold)
Potters Bar West and Shenley: Morris Bright, Conservative (Conservative hold)
Welwyn: Richard Smith, Conservative (Conservative hold)
Welwyn Garden City South: Lynn Chesterman, Labour (Labour gain)
Labour wrestled two seats from the Tories, while the Liberal Democrats emerged victorious in the keenly-contested Hatfield South ward.
Among the Conservatives to lose their seats was Councillor Stuart Pile, who had been cabinet member for transport at County Hall.
But the party held its two seats in Potters Bar, as well as keeping a majority in the Knebworth and Codicote ward, and in Goffs Oak and Bury Green.
Turnout in Welwyn Hatfield’s county council elections was 28.29 per cent.
Before the election count, which continued into the early hours, the Conservatives held six of the seven seats in the Welwyn Hatfield division.
But in a dramatic night, Labour seized majorities in Hatfield North and Welwyn Garden City South, while Liberal Democrat Paul Zukowskyj was elected to represent Hatfield South.
Councillor Malcolm Cowan, Liberal Democrat, retained a healthy majority in the Handside and Peartree division to hold his seat.
Despite the setbacks, the Tories remain the majority party at County Hall, with the Watford and Three Rivers boroughs yet to count votes.
With all the overnight counts declared, the Conservatives have 43 seats, Labour 12 and Liberal Democrats 10.
For the first time, UKIP fielded candidates in all divisions, and finished second in Hatfield Rural and Welwyn, as well as the two Potters Bar wards.
Each of these seats was held by the Conservatives.
In the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council by-election for Haldens ward, Labour retained the seat, which had been vacated by Councillor Ben Yetts.
Councillor Tony Crump was elected to the borough council.
For a breakdown of each ward result, click on the link at the top right of this page.
See next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times for full coverage and reaction to the elections.
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