Mayor of Watford

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Mayor of Watford
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Coat of arms of the Borough of Watford
Incumbent
Peter Taylor

since May 2018
Style No courtesy title or style
Appointer Electorate of Watford
Term length Four years
Inaugural holder Dorothy Thornhill (May 2002)
Succession Quadrennial

The Mayor of Watford is the head of the borough council of Watford, Hertfordshire, England. The holder of the position is a directly-elected mayor using the supplementary vote every four years. The current Mayor of Watford is Peter Taylor, who was elected in May 2018 for the Liberal Democrats.

History[edit]

Dorothy Thornhill was the first directly- elected mayor of Watford; she was elected in May 2002. Thornhill was the first female directly-elected mayor in England and the Liberal Democrats' first directly-elected mayor. She was re-elected in May 2006, May 2010 and May 2014.

Referendum[edit]

Mayor of Watford referendum
12 June 2001
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Elected Mayor 7,636 51.7
Cabinet System 7,140 48.3
Required majority 50
Total votes 14,776 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 60,630[1] 24.5
Source: House of Commons Library[2]

Election results[edit]

The position was established after a referendum in 2001 and the first election was held in 2002.

2002[edit]

Watford Mayoral Election 2 May 2002 [3]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Thornhill 10,954 49.4% 2,519 13,473 71.9%
Labour Vince Muspratt 4,899 22.1% 370 5,269 28.1%
Conservative Gary Ling 4,746 21.4%
Green Stephen Rackett 851 3.8%
Socialist Alliance Paul Woodward 390 1.8%
Fat Cat Tristram Cooke 330 1.5%
Liberal Democrat win

2006[edit]

Watford Mayoral Election 4 May 2006 [4]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Thornhill 11,963 51.2%
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 4,838 20.7%
Labour Ruth Ellis 4,062 17.4%
Green Stephen Rackett 2,522 10.8%
Liberal Democrat hold

2010[edit]

Watford Mayoral Election 6 May 2010 [5]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Thornhill 19,153 45.9% 4,276 23,429 67.1%
Conservative Stephen Johnson 10,403 24.9% 1,105 11,508 32.9%
Labour Nigel Bell 10,029 24.0%
Green Alex MacGregor-Mason 2,173 5.2%
Liberal Democrat hold

2014[edit]

Watford Mayoral Election 22 May 2014 [6]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Thornhill 11,741 45.90% 2,452 14,193 65.4%
Labour Jagtar Dhindsa 6,577 25.71% 927 7,504 34.6%
UKIP Philip Cox 3,789 14.81%
Conservative Linda Topping 3,470 13.57%
Liberal Democrat hold

2018[edit]

Watford Mayoral Election 22 May 2018 [7]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Liberal Democrat Peter Taylor 13,274 48.7% 2,657 15,931 61.6
Labour Jagtar Dhindsa 9,223 33.8% 728 9,951 38.4
Conservative George Jabbour 4,787 17.5%
Liberal Democrat hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watford leads the way to elected mayor". Watford Observer. 2001-07-13. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  2. ^ "Local Elections in England: 2 May 2002" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 9 May 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-10-25. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Election Results - Mayoral 2 May 2002". Watford Borough Council. 3 May 2002. Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Election Results - Mayoral 4 May 2006". Watford Borough Council. 5 May 2006. Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Election results - Mayoral 6 May 2010". Watford Borough Council. 7 May 2010. Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Vote 2014: Watford mayoral election result". BBC News. 23 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated Watford Mayoral Election 3-5-18". Watford Borough Council. 6 Apr 2018.