2014 St Albans City and District Council election

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Map of the results of the 2014 St Albans City and District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Labour in red.

The 2014 St Albans City and District Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of St Albans District Council in Hertfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

Before the election the Conservatives had half of the seats on the council with 29 councillors, while the Liberal Democrats had 19 seats, Labour had 8 and both the Greens and an independent had 1 seat.[3] 20 seats were contested in 2014 with each of the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour parties putting up a full 20 candidates.[3] The Green party stood 16 candidates, while the UK Independence Party had a big increase in candidates after only standing in 2 wards at the 2012 election.[3]

Election result[edit]

The Conservatives remained the largest party on the council with 29 seats, but failed to win a majority on the council.[4] Labour gained 2 seats to have 10 councillors, taking London Colney from the Conservatives and a narrow 32 vote gain in Sopwell from the Liberal Democrats after a recount.[4][5] The Liberal Democrats dropped to 17 seats and blamed their loss of a seat in St Peters ward to the Conservatives on votes for the Green party, who came a close third in the ward.[4][5] The UK Independence Party failed to win any seats but came second in Sandridge, and third in St Stephen ward where 2 seats were contested.[4] Overall turnout at the election was 42.77%.[6]

St Albans local election result 2014[2][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 12 2 2 0 54.5 38.5 19,044 +0.6%
  Liberal Democrat 7 1 3 -2 31.8 23.2 11,477 -1.8%
  Labour 3 2 0 +2 13.6 19.2 9,503 -2.8%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 9.5 4,705 +8.8%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 6.9 3,424 -1.7%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 2.5 1,241 -3.1%
  TUSC 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 14 +0.0%

Ward results[edit]

Ashley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Anthony Rowlands 1,131 42.5 +9.8
Labour Anne Lyons 738 27.7 -8.1
Conservative Chris Dey 373 14.0 -6.1
UKIP Michael Mason 244 9.2 +9.2
Green Mike George 177 6.6 -4.9
Majority 393 14.8
Turnout 2,663 46.0 +8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Batchwood[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roma Mills 1,130 49.2 +0.7
Conservative Tim Smith 512 22.3 +0.9
UKIP Colin Donald 272 11.8 +11.8
Liberal Democrat Jon Humphrey 219 9.5 -11.3
Green Lee Evans 163 7.1 -2.2
Majority 618 26.9 -0.2
Turnout 2,296 41.5 +8
Labour hold Swing
Clarence[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Gerard McHale 764 32.5 -10.0
Conservative Joe Hames 579 24.6 +0.7
Labour Helen Ives-Rose 483 20.5 +2.0
Green Jack Easton 367 15.6 +0.5
UKIP Beverley Rands 145 6.2 +6.2
TUSC Keith Hussey 14 0.6 +0.6
Majority 185 7.9 -10.8
Turnout 2,352 44.8 +5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Colney Heath[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jamie Day 751 41.3 -18.5
Conservative Jonathan Marks 353 19.4 -4.1
UKIP Christopher Thorpe 339 18.6 +18.6
Labour John Paton 273 15.0 +3.2
Green Steve Clough 104 5.7 +0.8
Majority 398 21.9 -14.5
Turnout 1,820 41.6 -6.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Cunningham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Rob Prowse 701 32.5 -7.0
Labour Vivienne Windle 484 22.5 +1.8
Conservative Jim Vessey 427 19.8 -1.4
UKIP Alan Malin 400 18.6 +10.5
Green Gregory Riener 143 6.6 +0.5
Majority 217 10.1 -8.2
Turnout 2,155 43.7 +6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Harpenden East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mary Maynard 966 44.0 -9.2
Independent Pip Martyn 677 30.9 +30.9
Liberal Democrat Mike Waddilove 278 12.7 -11.6
Labour Rosemary Ross 273 12.4 -2.1
Majority 289 13.2 -15.7
Turnout 2,194 39.8 +8
Conservative hold Swing
Harpenden North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Turner 902 45.9 -1.0
Independent John Chambers 302 15.4 -9.8
Labour Linda Spiri 276 14.0 +0.9
Independent Paul Howe 262 13.3 +13.3
Liberal Democrat Pauline Waddilove 224 11.4 +1.5
Majority 600 30.5 +8.9
Turnout 1,966 37.3 +5
Conservative hold Swing
Harpenden South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Teresa Heritage 1,565 72.9 +1.8
Labour Michael Gray-Higgins 306 14.3 +2.4
Liberal Democrat Maria Moyses 275 12.8 +1.9
Majority 1,259 58.7 -0.4
Turnout 2,146 39.9 +6
Conservative hold Swing
Harpenden West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Julian Daly 1,599 67.6 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Jeffrey Phillips 402 17.0 +3.1
Labour David Lawlor 364 15.4 +2.9
Majority 1,197 50.6 -2.3
Turnout 2,365 41.5 +7
Conservative hold Swing
London Colney[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Katherine Gardner 1,066 39.9
Conservative Simon Calder 853 31.9
UKIP David Kilpatrick 502 18.8
Liberal Democrat Margaret Price 126 4/7
Green William Simmons 124 4.6
Majority 213 8.0
Turnout 2,671 37.7 +3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Marshalswick North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Tom Clegg 803 36.4 -8.1
Conservative Lyn Bolton 627 28.4 -7.3
UKIP Michael Hollins 380 17.2 +17.2
Labour Jane Cloke 233 10.6 -1.4
Green Claire Gilbert 162 7.3 -0.5
Majority 176 8.0 -0.8
Turnout 2,205 44.1 +4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Marshalswick South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Seema Kennedy 972 38.6 -1.2
Labour Anthony Nicolson 573 22.7 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Mark Pedroz 486 19.3 -8.6
Green Katherine Reeve 258 10.2 +2.1
UKIP David Dickson 232 9.2 +3.9
Majority 399 15.8 +3.9
Turnout 2,521 47.0 +3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Park Street[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Aislinn Lee 976 40.1 -5.6
Conservative Stella Nash 649 26.7 -10.3
UKIP Roger Gray 493 20.3 +20.3
Labour Martin McGrath 228 9.4 -3.1
Green Rosalind Paul 85 3.5 -1.3
Majority 327 13.5 +4.8
Turnout 2,431 42.3 +6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Redbourn[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Victoria Mead 1,194 62.4 +30.8
Labour Nick Pullinger 363 19.0 +10.1
Liberal Democrat Michael Morton 189 9.9 +9.9
Green Lydia El-Khouri 168 8.8 +8.8
Majority 831 43.4
Turnout 1,914 39.5 -1
Conservative hold Swing
Sandridge[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Beric Read 770 46.1 -9.7
UKIP John Stocker 304 18.2 +18.2
Liberal Democrat Sheila Clegg 248 14.9 -5.5
Labour Richard Harris 198 11.9 -3.9
Green Paul Quinn 149 8.9 +0.8
Majority 466 27.9 -7.5
Turnout 1,669 44.1 -7
Conservative hold Swing
Sopwell[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Iain Grant 840 34.6 -12.5
Liberal Democrat David Poor 808 33.3 +6.6
Conservative Nick Chivers 309 12.7 -4.6
UKIP Greg Peachey 306 12.6 +12.6
Green Kate Metcalf 166 6.8 -3.0
Majority 32 1.3 -20.1
Turnout 2,429 45.5 +11
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
St. Peters[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alun Davies 667 25.6 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Michael Green 624 24.0 +4.1
Green Jill Mills 616 23.6 -11.1
Labour Rebecca Rideal 539 20.7 -2.7
UKIP Daragh Cahalane 159 6.1 +6.1
Majority 43 1.7
Turnout 2,605 42.3 +6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
St. Stephen (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sue Featherstone 1,340
Conservative Dave Winstone 923
UKIP Peter Whitehead 618
Liberal Democrat David Parry 513
Liberal Democrat Alison Ross 492
Labour Janet Blackwell 229
Green Lesley Baker 197
Labour James Hopkins 162
Turnout 4,474 46.2 +11
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Verulam[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Edgar Hill 1,018 37.8 -12.4
Conservative Steve McKeown 916 34.0 +1.8
UKIP Paul Tilyard 311 11.6 +11.6
Labour Heather Troy 234 8.7 -0.1
Green Margaret Grover 213 7.9 -0.9
Majority 102 3.8 -14.2
Turnout 2,692 49.4 +2
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Wheathamptead (2 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Annie Brewster 1,445
Conservative Sandra Wood 1,103
Liberal Democrat Harriet Sherlock 449
Green Ian Troughton 332
Labour David Cheale 307
Labour Gavin Ross 204
Turnout 3,840 44.4 +2
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

By-elections between 2014 and 2015[edit]

A by-election was held in Marshalswick South on 29 January 2015 for 2 seats on the council after the resignation of Conservative councillors Heidi Allen and Seema Kennedy.[7] The 2 seats were held for Conservatives by Steve McKeown and Richard Curthoys with 667 and 647 votes respectively.[7]

Marshalswick South by-election 29 January 2015 (2 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Steve McKeown 667
Conservative Richard Curthoys 647
Liberal Democrat Mark Pedroz 495
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Needham 488
Green Jill Mills 450
Labour Richard Harris 406
Labour Vivienne Windle 312
Green Tim Robinson 166
UKIP David Dickson 148
UKIP Michael Hollins 147
Turnout 3,926 37.5 -9.5
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Albans". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Results Elections 2014". The Times. NewsBank. 24 May 2014. pp. 88–89.
  3. ^ a b c Cherryman, Beth; Perring, Rebecca (29 April 2014). "Could UKIP upset Conservative majority at St Albans District Council?". St Albans & Harpenden Review. NewsBank.
  4. ^ a b c d "St Albans election result does nothing to upset political stalemate". St Albans & Harpenden Review. NewsBank. 23 May 2014.
  5. ^ a b Burton, Madeleine (23 May 2014). "Election sees few changes in St Albans council make-up". The Herts Advertiser. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "22nd May 2014 District Council Election Results". St Albans City & District Council. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Ikonen, Charlotte (30 January 2015). "Results: Marshalswick South by-election". St Albans & Harpenden Review. Retrieved 3 February 2015.