2011 Hertsmere Borough Council election

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Map of the results of the 2011 Hertsmere council election. Conservatives in blue and Labour in red. Wards in grey were not contested in 2011.

The 2011 Hertsmere Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Hertsmere Borough Council in Hertfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

13 of the 39 seats on the council were being contested, with 2 sitting councillors standing down at the election, Conservative Darren Solomons and Liberal Democrat Anita Gamble.[3] Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrat leader on the council Roger Kutchinsky contested Bushey Heath, instead of the ward he had previously held Bushey North.[3]

Election result[edit]

The Conservatives gained 2 seats from the Liberal Democrats, but lost a seat to Labour, thus winning 11 of the 13 seats contested.[4][5] This meant the Conservatives stayed in control of the council with 35 seats compared to 4 for Labour.[5] Meanwhile, the defeats for the Liberal Democrats meant they no longer had any seats on Hertsmere council for the first time ever.[6] Overall turnout at the election was 40.49%.[7]

The Conservatives gained Bushey North and Bushey St James from the Liberal Democrats, while the Liberal Democrat leader came third in Bushey Heath.[8] Labour candidate Richard Butler gained Borehamwood Kenilworth from the Conservatives, at the same election that his father Ernie Butler held Borehamwood Cowley Hill for Labour.[4] The gain by 25-year-old Richard Butler meant Labour finished the election with more councillors than before the election for the first time since 1996.[9]

Hertsmere local election result 2011[7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 2 1 +1 84.6 59.7 15,493 -1.2%
  Labour 2 1 0 +1 15.4 29.1 7,549 +2.9%
  Liberal Democrat 0 0 2 -2 0 10.4 2,691 +0.1%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 236 +0.9%

Ward results[edit]

Aldenham East[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Goldstein 1,410 75.2 -5.4
Liberal Democrat Ruth Irwin 250 13.3 +13.3
Labour Richard Kirk 214 11.4 +3.1
Majority 1,160 61.9 -7.5
Turnout 1,874 51.4 +11.3
Conservative hold Swing
Aldenham West[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dan Griffin 1,122 72.4 -2.1
Labour Sandra Huff 270 17.4 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Robert Gamble 158 10.2 +10.2
Majority 852 55.0 -6.3
Turnout 1,550 44.2 +9.5
Conservative hold Swing
Borehamwood Brookmeadow[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sam Dobin 995 50.1 +4.1
Labour Susan Maughan 860 43.3 +16.9
Liberal Democrat Judith Sear 133 6.7 -8.9
Majority 135 6.8 -12.8
Turnout 1,988 36.9 -22.7
Conservative hold Swing
Borehamwood Cowley Hill[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ernie Butler 1,125 60.9 +18.7
Conservative Alan Plancey 723 39.1 +2.6
Majority 402 21.8 +16.1
Turnout 1,848 30.7 -23.4
Labour hold Swing
Borehamwood Hillside[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jean Heywood 1,302 58.2 -4.3
Labour Lee Petar 936 41.8 +4.3
Majority 366 16.4 -8.6
Turnout 2,238 33.9 -25.2
Conservative hold Swing
Borehamwood Kenilworth[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Butler 859 56.8 +8.1
Conservative Penny Swallow 652 43.2 -8.1
Majority 207 13.7
Turnout 1,511 37.4 -22.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Bushey Heath[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Morris 1,845 75.3 -1.8
Labour David Bearfield 322 13.1 +2.2
Liberal Democrat Roger Kutchinsky 282 11.5 -0.5
Majority 1,523 62.2 -2.9
Turnout 2,449 48.1 -26.0
Conservative hold Swing
Bushey North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Leslie Winters 841 45.4 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Eddie Sheridan 583 31.5 -9.7
Labour Sam Russell 427 23.1 +8.7
Majority 258 13.9 +10.8
Turnout 1,851 39.3 -26.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Bushey St James[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Carey Keates 1,238 51.8 +2.3
Labour Tony Breslin 662 27.7 +14.1
Liberal Democrat Kim Elliot 491 20.5 -16.4
Majority 576 24.1 +11.4
Turnout 2,391 44.6 -23.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Elstree[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Morris Bright 1,116 77.6 -0.1
Labour Ian Feeney 322 22.4 +0.1
Majority 794 55.2 -0.3
Turnout 1,438 40.2 -27.3
Conservative hold Swing
Potters Bar Furzefield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald Morris 1,281 61.4 -6.6
Labour Jim Fisher 532 25.5 -6.5
Liberal Democrat Susan Oatway 275 13.2 +13.2
Majority 749 35.9 +0.0
Turnout 2,088 43.4 -25.7
Conservative hold Swing
Potters Bar Oakmere[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Calcutt 1,092 54.1 -11.5
Labour John Doolan 566 28.0 -6.4
UKIP David Rutter 236 11.7 +11.7
Liberal Democrat Michael Willett 125 6.2 +6.2
Majority 526 26.1 -5.1
Turnout 2,019 37.0 -24.4
Conservative hold Swing
Potters Bar Parkfield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Hodgson-Jones 1,876 68.9 -7.9
Labour Derek Marcus 454 16.7 -6.5
Liberal Democrat Peter Bonner 394 14.5 +14.5
Majority 1,422 52.2 -1.4
Turnout 2,724 46.0 -21.8
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Election results 2011: English council summary results". guardian.co.uk. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b Darlington, Josh (6 April 2011). "Two Hertsmere Borough councillors to stand down in elections in May". Borehamwood & Elstree Times. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b Kirk, Tristan (6 May 2011). "Richard Butler elected for Labour in Borehamwood Kenilworth". This is Local London. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Tories hold Potters Bar seats on Hertsmere Council". Times Series. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  6. ^ Hewett, Chris (6 May 2011). "Lib Dems suffer crushing defeat in Hertsmere". Borehamwood & Elstree Times. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Election results - 2011". Hertsmere Borough Council. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  8. ^ Kirk, Tristan (6 May 2011). "Tories take two seats off Lib Dems on Hertsmere Council". Borehamwood & Elstree Times. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Young councillors change the political map". This is Local London. 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2011.