Hertsmere Borough Council election, 2007

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Map of the results of the 2007 Hertsmere council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Labour in red. Wards in grey were not contested in 2007.

The 2007 Hertsmere Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2007 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]

Before the election the Conservatives controlled the council with 28 seats, while the Liberal Democrats were the main opposition with 6 seats.[3] 15 of the 39 seats were being contested at the election.[3]

The election in Borehamwood Kenilworth ward saw the sitting Labour councillor for the previous 24 years, Frank Ward, stand as an independent against Conservative and Labour candidates.[4][5] This came after Ward was deselected by the local Labour party, with Ward accusing local Labour party members of a conspiracy and religious discrimination.[4][5] However this was denied by Labour, with Labour saying he had "failed to meet the required standards to be considered as a Labour Party candidate".[4][5]

Election result[edit]

The Conservatives maintained their majority on the council, staying on 28 seats after both gaining and losing a seat.[6] The Liberal Democrats gained Bushey St James from the Conservatives to rise to 7 seats, but the Conservatives also gained a seat from Labour in Borehamwood Kenilworth, meaning that Labour was reduced to 4 councillors.[6]

Conservative Penelope Swallow won in Borehamwood Kenilworth with a 49-vote majority over Labour, with independent Frank Ward having taken 216 votes.[6] Ward said he was pleased with the result as he "was only determined that I would split the Labour vote, so to some extent I did win."[6] However the retiring Labour group leader Leon Reefe said they felt "betrayed" by Ward.[6]

Hertsmere Local Election Result 2007[2][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 10 1 1 0 66.7 56.3 12,162 -1.3%
  Liberal Democrat 3 1 0 +1 20.0 16.6 3,586 -4.7%
  Labour 2 0 1 -1 13.3 21.3 4,608 +3.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 3.6 779 +2.4%
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 234 +0.3%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 216 +1.0%

Ward results[edit]

Aldenham East[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Goldstein 854 75.2 -5.1
Liberal Democrat Mark Silverman 100 8.8 -2.8
Green Jeanette McDermott 99 8.7 +8.7
Labour Richard Kirk 83 7.3 -0.9
Majority 754 66.4 -2.3
Turnout 1,136 39 -10
Conservative hold Swing
Aldenham West[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Daniel Griffin 834 74.3 +9.1
Green Caroline Boydell 152 13.5 +13.5
Labour Peter Halsey 137 12.2 -4.7
Majority 682 60.7 +13.4
Turnout 1,123 31 -7
Conservative hold Swing
Borehamwood Brookmeadow (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Darren Solomons 636
Labour Ian Feeney 623
Labour Richard Butler 617
Conservative Farida Turner 596
Green David Harris 227
Turnout 2,699 24 -13
Conservative hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Borehamwood Cowley Hill[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ernest Butler 724 49.0 +8.1
Conservative Alan Gellatly 521 35.2 -0.2
Socialist Labour James Dry 234 15.8 +3.9
Majority 203 13.7 +8.2
Turnout 1,479 26 -5
Labour hold Swing
Borehamwood Hillside[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jean Heywood 1,019 62.4 -0.3
Labour Lee Petar 615 37.6 +0.3
Majority 404 24.7 -0.7
Turnout 1,634 27 -8
Conservative hold Swing
Borehamwood Kenilworth[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Penelope Swallow 467 42.4 -1.0
Labour Peter Hedges 418 38.0 -4.4
Independent Francis Ward 216 19.6 +19.6
Majority 49 4.5 +3.5
Turnout 1,101 28 -4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Bushey Heath[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anne Swerling 1,308 75.3 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Patrick Forsyth 250 14.4 -3.8
Labour David Bearfield 178 10.3 +.0
Majority 1,058 60.9 +5.5
Turnout 1,736 34 -8
Conservative hold Swing
Bushey North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Roger Kutchinsky 748 47.7 -11.0
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 607 38.7 +11.4
Green Arjuna Krishna-Das 110 7.0 +0.4
Labour Samuel Russell 102 6.5 -0.9
Majority 141 9.0 -22.5
Turnout 1,567 34 -8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Bushey St James (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Anita Gamble 957
Liberal Democrat Laura Richards 838
Conservative Abul Choudhury 789
Conservative Pervez Choudhury 754
Green Edward Canfor-Dumas 191
Labour Yue Cheng 154
Turnout 3,683 38 -3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Elstree[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Morris Bright 1,029 88.3 +13.0
Labour Tim Sandle 136 11.7 -0.2
Majority 893 76.7 +14.3
Turnout 1,165 32 -3
Conservative hold Swing
Potters Bar Furzefield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald Morris 890 64.7 +5.4
Liberal Democrat James Hurd 277 20.1 -4.5
Labour James Fisher 209 15.2 -0.9
Majority 613 44.5 +9.9
Turnout 1,376 28 -14
Conservative hold Swing
Potters Bar Oakmere[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Calcutt 1,199 75.1 +8.9
Labour Russell Ramshaw 398 24.9 +8.1
Majority 801 50.2 +1.1
Turnout 1,597 30 -6.2
Conservative hold Swing
Potters Bar Parkfield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Hodgson-Jones 1,579 71.5 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Peter Bonner 416 18.8 -1.6
Labour Derek Marcus 214 9.7 +0.3
Majority 1,163 52.6 +2.7
Turnout 2,209 37 -4
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hertsmere". BBC News Online. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Local and Mayoral elections 2007" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Hutchings, Emma (27 April 2007). "Can anyone get near the dominant Tories?". Borehamwood & Elstree Times. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ward goes independent". Borehamwood & Elstree Times. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Hutchings, Emma (12 April 2007). "Labour Party breaks its silence in election dispute". Borehamwood & Elstree Times. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Hutchings, Emma (4 May 2007). "Former Labour councillor celebrates Tory borough victory". News Shopper. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Election results - 2007". Hertsmere Borough Council. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.