Hertfordshire County Council elections

Hertfordshire County Council in England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes, that took effect for the 2001 election, 77 councillors are elected for single member districts.[1]

Political control

Summary of the council composition, click on the year for full details of each election.

Year Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Green BNP Independent Council control
after election
Notes
1973[2] 35 33 3 0 0 1 No overall control
1977[2] 65 6 0 0 0 1 Conservative
1981[2] 43 29 4 0 0 1 Conservative New ward boundaries[3]
1985[2] 36 27 14 0 0 0 No overall control
1989[2] 45 27 5 0 0 0 Conservative
1993[2] 27 30 19 0 0 1 No overall control
1997[2] 38 30 9 0 0 0 No overall control
2001[4] 40 27 10 0 0 0 Conservative New ward boundaries[5]
2005[6] 46 16 14 1 0 0 Conservative
2009[7] 55 3 17 1 1 0 Conservative
2013[8] 46 15 16 0 0 0 Conservative
2017[9] 51 9 18 0 0 0 Conservative New ward boundaries[10]
2021[11] 46 7 23 1 0 1 Conservative

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1995 have been:[12]

Councillor Party From To
John Metcalf Labour 1995 Jun 1999
Robert Ellis Conservative 15 Jun 1999 21 Mar 2006
David Beatty Conservative 28 Mar 2006 26 Sep 2007
Robert Gordon Conservative 9 Oct 2007 6 Oct 2017
David Williams Conservative 21 Nov 2017 9 May 2021
Richard Roberts Conservative 25 May 2021

Result maps

By-election results

By-elections are held for any vacancies that arise between elections.

1993–1997

Cheshunt West By-Election 18 July 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gerald Game 1,067 62.0
Labour Sylvia Courtnage 424 24.6
Liberal Democrats Henry Appiah 231 13.4
Majority 643 37.4
Turnout 1,722 14.83
Conservative hold Swing
Kings Langley By-Election 26 September 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,406 50.9
Labour 1,083 39.2
Liberal Democrats 273 9.9
Majority 323
Turnout 2,762
Conservative hold Swing

1997–2001

South East Hemel Hempstead By-Election 10 June 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,842 47.8 +12.6
Labour 1,642 42.1 -6.0
Liberal Democrats 388 10.1 -6.6
Majority 218 5.7
Turnout 3,854 34.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Hitchin North East By-Election 17 February 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,399 50.6 -4.8
Conservative 1,106 40.1 +12.4
Liberal Democrats 166 6.0 -11.0
Natural Law 95 3.4 +3.4
Majority 293 10.5
Turnout 2,766 24.9
Labour hold Swing
Offa By-Election 13 April 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,293 51.7 +11.3
Labour 941 37.6 -5.5
Liberal Democrats 240 9.6 -6.9
Natural Law 27 1.1 +1.1
Majority 352 14.1
Turnout 2,501 27.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Bushey Heath By-Election 4 May 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,590 60.3 +5.1
Liberal Democrats 808 30.7 +3.6
Labour 237 9.0 -8.7
Majority 782 29.6
Turnout 2,635 32.7
Conservative hold Swing
Shephall By-Election 4 May 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,434 65.6 +5.1
Conservative 482 22.0 -1.6
Liberal Democrats 270 12.4 +0.3
Majority 952 43.6
Turnout 2,186 23.5
Labour hold Swing

2001–2005

St. Albans North By-Election 12 July 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,445 41.3 +3.9
Liberal Democrats 1,113 31.8 -0.2
Conservative 912 26.1 -4.5
Independent 25 0.7 +0.7
Majority 332 9.5
Turnout 3,495 34.7
Labour hold Swing
Meriden Tudor By-Election 28 November 2002[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Audrey Oaten 1,413 51.0 +35.1
Labour Geoffrey O'Connell 817 29.5 -14.6
Conservative Richard Southern 472 17.0 -15.8
Green Ian West 70 2.5 -0.7
Majority 596 21.5
Turnout 2,772 27.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Hatfield South By-Election 19 June 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,246 48.8 +11.5
Labour 933 36.6 -8.5
Liberal Democrats 372 14.6 -3.0
Majority 313 12.2
Turnout 2,551 26.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Kings Langley By-Election 18 September 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,851 59.9 +8.8
Liberal Democrats 625 20.2 +2.3
Labour 614 19.9 -5.6
Majority 1,226 39.7
Turnout 3,090 30.2
Conservative hold Swing
Hertford All Saints By-Election 5 February 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,064 52.5 +11.4
Labour 559 27.6 -5.6
Liberal Democrats 403 19.9 -5.8
Majority 505 24.9
Turnout 2,026 21.8
Conservative hold Swing

2005–2009

Shephall By-Election 15 September 2005[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Lloyd 1,144 45.5 -5.5
Liberal Democrats Elisabeth Knight 994 39.6 +18.8
Conservative Ralph Dimelow 374 14.9 -13.3
Majority 150 5.9
Turnout 2,512 28.1
Labour hold Swing
Knebworth and Codicote By-Election 22 June 2006[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Thake 1,759 69.7 +14.4
Labour Joseph McWalter 322 12.7 -5.6
Liberal Democrats Debra Wilkins 310 12.3 -7.0
Green Stuart Madgin 133 5.2 -1.8
Majority 1,437 57.0
Turnout 2,524 23.0
Conservative hold Swing
Harpenden South West By-Election 7 February 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Teresa Heritage 2,161 66.6 +10.4
Liberal Democrats Alison Steer 819 25.3 -0.4
Labour Linda Spiri 153 4.7 -7.2
Green Annette Tate 110 3.4 -2.8
Majority 1,342 41.3
Turnout 3,243 30.2
Conservative hold Swing
Bedwell By-Election 27 March 2008[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sharon Taylor 1,452 56.5 +1.0
Conservative Leslie Clark 625 24.3 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Len Lambert 329 12.8 -6.8
UKIP Rick Seddon 165 6.4 +6.4
Majority 827 32.2
Turnout 2,571 29.0
Labour hold Swing

2009–2013

Borehamwood North By-Election 22 October 2009[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Plancey 982 44.5 +5.5
Labour Leon Reefe 928 42.1 +13.2
Liberal Democrats Robert Gamble 170 7.7 -4.6
Independent Frank Ward 125 5.7 -0.1
Majority 54 2.4
Turnout 2,205 18.5
Conservative hold Swing
St Albans South By-Election 3 June 2010[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Martin Frearson 1,482 42.1 +2.6
Conservative Salih Gaygusuz 1,250 35.5 +4.1
Labour Iain Grant 540 15.3 -0.1
Green Kate Metcalf 249 7.1 -6.7
Majority 232 6.6
Turnout 3,521 33.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Bishops Stortford West By-Election 5 May 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Bernard Woodward 2,483 52.7% +7.6%
Liberal Democrats Robert Ian Taylor 1,256 26.6% +0.6%
Labour Alexander Julian Young 977 20.7% +10.5%
Majority 1,227
Turnout 4,716
Conservative hold Swing

At the preceding election there had also been candidates for the British National Party (307 votes, 8.0%) and for the Green Party (392 votes, 10.3%).

Waltham Cross By-Election 22 March 2012[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dee Hart 1,389 56.44 +14.54
Labour Malcolm Aitken 837 34.01 +6.91
UKIP Albert Nicholas 159 6.46 +6.46
Liberal Democrats Peter Huse 76 3.09 -10.51
Majority 552 22.43
Turnout 2,461 22.88
Conservative hold Swing
Meriden Tudor By-Election 3 May 2012[21][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Kareen Mary Hastrick 1231 40.2 -3.3%
Labour Diana Mary Ivory 791 25.8 +13.1%
Conservative Richard Lloyd Vaughan Southern 534 17.4 -10.2%
UKIP Nicholas Richard Lincoln 351 11.5 n/a
Green Paula Mary Evelyn Broadhurst 154 5.0 -2.5%
Majority 440 12.6%
Turnout 3061 33.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Election caused by the resignation of previous incumbent.

Hemel Hempstead Town By-Election 21 June 2012[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Wyatt-Lowe 1413 47.8 -3.0
Labour Mike Bromberg 693 23.5 +8.8
Liberal Democrats Chris Angell 456 15.4 -5.8
Green Paul Harris 180 6.1 -7.2
UKIP Howard Koch 151 5.1 +5.1
Independent Rodney Tucker 61 2.1 +2.1
Majority 720
Turnout 23.8
Conservative hold Swing

Election caused by the resignation of previous incumbent.[24] Percentage change is since June 2009.

2013–2017

Hitchin North By-Election 12 September 2013[25][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Judi Candida BILLING 1250 47.8 +1.8
Conservative Alan MILLARD 673 25.7 -7.0
Liberal Democrats Lisa Victoria COURTS 246 9.4 +2.8
UKIP John Finbarr BARRY 235 9.0 +9.0
Green Gavin NICHOLSON 212 8.1 -6.6
Majority 577
Turnout 2621 22.42
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Caused by the death of the previous incumbent.

2017–2021

Council leader and Conservative councillor Robert Gordon CBE (Goffs Oak and Bury Green) died in October 2017.[27] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Lesley Greensmith in the by-election on 22 February 2018.[28]

Goffs Oak & Bury Green By Election 22 February 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lesley Greensmyth 1,390 59.6 -5.3
Liberal Democrats David Payne 482 20.7 +14.9
Labour Selina Norgrove 393 16.8 -0.8
Green Sally Kemp 69 3.0 N/A
Majority 1,536
Turnout 2,334 19 -8
Conservative hold Swing

Liberal Democrat councillor Charlotte Hogg (St Albans North) resigned from the council in March 2018.[29] A by-election was held on 3 May, where Roma Mills from the Labour Party captured the seat from the Liberal Democrats.[28]

St Albans North By-Election 3 May 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roma Mills 1,779 36.6 +2.8
Liberal Democrats Karen Young 1,460 30.1 -5.2
Conservative Salih Gaygusuz 1,361 28.0 +1.9
Green Simon Grover 258 5.3 +2.2
Majority 319 6.5
Turnout 4,858 48
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Three Rivers Rural By-Election 25 October 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Phil Williams 1,846 53.4 +9.6
Conservative Angela Killick 1,315 38.0 -9.0
Labour Jenni Gillet 144 4.2 ±0.0
UKIP David Bennett 86 2.5 +0.6
Green Roan Alder 68 2.0 -1.0
Majority
Turnout 3,463 30
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

2021 - Present

Hitchin South: 10 March 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Keith Hoskins 2,401 71.7 +34.0
Conservative Claire Strong 690 20.6 -16.3
Green Deolinda Eltringham 223 6.7 -2.2
CPA Leigh Smith 35 1.0 ±0.0
Majority 1,711 51.1
Turnout 3,363 31.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase25.2

The by-election was caused by the death of the incumbent Liberal Democrat, Cllr Paul Clark in December 2021. The Lib Dem’s won with an increased majority with Labour opting not to nominate a candidate.

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