2016 Woking Borough Council election

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All 30 seats to Woking Borough Council
16 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats Labour
Seats won 17 7 3
Seat change –7 –2 +1
Popular vote 34,980 20,707 7,647
Percentage 47.51% 28.13% 10.39%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Party Independent UKIP Green
Seats won 3 0 0
Seat change +2
Popular vote 3,982 3,956 2,351
Percentage 5.41% 5.37% 3.19%

The 2016 Woking Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Woking Borough Council in England.[1] This was on the same day as other elections across the UK and the Police and Crime Commissioner election for Surrey Police.

Boundary changes had included a shrinking of the council from 36 councillors to 30 councillors, and all 30 council seats in the 10 new wards were up for election. In each ward, 3 candidates were elected, with the leading candidate in each ward being elected for 4 years, the second-placed candidate being elected for 3 years and the third-placed candidate being elected for 2 years. As a result, there will be no borough elections in 2017, but a third of the council will be due for re-election in each of 2018, 2019 and 2020.


Prior to this all-out election on new ward boundaries, the Conservatives had a strong majority on the council, with 24 seats compared to 9 for the Liberal Democrats, 2 Labour councillors, and one Independent.

Despite remaining the largest party by a clear margin of 10 seats over their nearest rivals, the result was considered slightly disappointing for the Conservatives, who saw their council majority over all other parties reduced to four seats.

Independent candidates won all three seats in Byfleet, defeating sitting LibDem councillor and former Mayor Anne Roberts and the Conservative councillors Gary Elson and Richard Wilson. The Liberal Democrats won all three seats in the new Hoe Valley ward and shared the spoils with the Conservatives in Goldsworth Park, Mount Hermon and St Johns. Labour took all three seats in the Canalside Ward (where the Conservative council was taking forward a controversial redevelopment and regeneration scheme in the Sheerwater area). However, the Conservatives did rack up four extremely convincing wins (with majorities in each ward of c.1,000 votes) in the wards of Heathlands, Horsell, Knaphill and Pyrford.

There were very close battles, resulting in three ‘split wards’, in Goldsworth Park, Mount Hermon and St Johns, but, arguably, no results were closer than those in the Mount Hermon ward, where Conservative councillor Carl Thomson and Liberal Democrat councillor Liam Lyons both lost their seats, and where only 64 votes separated the second and fifth placed candidates, and just 22 votes separated those who placed second and fourth.

In the election, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats were the only two parties to field a full slate of thirty candidates. UKIP stood one candidate in each of the ten wards, and two in Canalside, for a total of eleven candidates in all. Labour nominated sixteen candidates in total, but stood them across just seven out of the ten wards. The Greens fielded one candidate in each of seven wards, for a total of seven nominations. The best result for the Greens was in Knaphill, where their candidate James Brierley was the runner-up to the three successful Conservative candidates.

After the election, long-standing council leader Councillor John Kingsbury continued in office with the support of the Conservative group.[2] Councillor Kingsbury later announced his retirement as council leader in 2017, and stood down as a councillor at the 2018 local elections.[3]

Woking Borough Council election, 2016
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 17 N/A N/A –7 56.66% 47.51% 34,980
  Liberal Democrats 7 N/A N/A –2 23.33% 28.13% 20,707
  Labour 3 N/A N/A +1 10% 10.39% 7,647
  Independent 3 N/A N/A +2 10% 5.41% 3,982
  UKIP 0 N/A N/A 0 0 5.37% 3,956
  Green 0 N/A N/A 0 0 3.19% 2,351
Totals 30 N/A N/A –6 100% 100% 73,623

Ward by ward

Byfleet and West Byfleet

Byfleet and West Byfleet (3 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent John Edwin Bond (elected for 4 years) 1,474
Independent Amanda Jayne Boote (elected for 3 years) 1,385
Independent Mary Ann Bridgeman (elected for 2 years) 1,123
Conservative Richard Arthur Gillard Wilson 1,011
Conservative Gary William Elson 929
Conservative Pauline Mary Hedges 922
Liberal Democrats Anne Elizabeth Roberts 724
Liberal Democrats Andrew Nigel Grimshaw 582
Liberal Democrats Karon Jane Read 534
UKIP Neil James Willetts 295
Registered electors 8,316
Turnout 3341 40.18%
Independent win (new seat)
Independent win (new seat)
Independent win (new seat)


Canalside (3 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Tahir Aziz (elected for 4 years) 1,106
Labour Mohammad Ali (elected for 3 years) 1,071
Labour Mohammad Ilyas Raja (elected for 2 years) 1,060
Conservative Paula Jane Marcus 868
Conservative Matthew Howard Provost 829
Conservative Colin Patrick Scott 807
UKIP David Simon Roe 383
UKIP Judith Diana 332
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Elisabeth Whale 300
Green Christopher David Calvin Dykes 281
Liberal Democrats Gareth Davies 279
Liberal Democrats Norman Grenville Johns 230
Registered electors 7,517
Turnout 2862 38.07%
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Goldsworth Park

Goldsworth Park (3 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Democrats Ann-Marie Barker (elected for 4 years) 894
Liberal Democrats Ian Eastwood (elected for 3 years) 885
Conservative Chitra Rana (elected for 2 years) 858
Conservative Laura Ashall 847
Liberal Democrats James Richard Sanderson 806
Conservative Rizwan Shah 707
Labour John Scott-Morgan 366
UKIP Troy de Leon 356
Labour William Eric Owen 327
Labour Robina Shaheen 327
Green Eve Catherine Carnall 219
Registered electors 7,036
Turnout 2510 35.67%
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)


Heathlands (3 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Kevin Mark Davis (elected for 4 years) 1,519
Conservative Ayesha Azad (elected for 3 years) 1,462
Conservative Robert John Kingsbury (elected for 2 years) 1,375
Liberal Democrats Margaret Marion Hill 586
Liberal Democrats Henry David Kay 555
Liberal Democrats Alison Jane Sanderson 482
Green Anna Katharine Wright 380
UKIP Richard Peter Farr Squire 336
Labour John Martin 316
Registered electors 7,014
Turnout 2711 38.65%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Hoe Valley

Hoe Valley (3 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Democrats Will Forster (elected for 4 years) 1,126
Liberal Democrats Louise Mary Nell Morales (elected for 3 years) 1,022
Liberal Democrats Deborah Elizabeth Hughes (elected for 2 years) 967
Conservative Nathalie Bourne 614
Conservative John Frederick Lawrence 567
Conservative Daryl Martin Smith 506
UKIP Jim Gore 322
Labour Nigel Peter Jackson 276
Labour Frances Louise Carpenter 275
Labour Christopher David Martin 249
Registered electors 6,292
Turnout 2352 37.38%
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)


Horsell (3 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Beryl Ann Hunwicks (elected for 4 years) 1,744
Conservative Colin Sidney Kemp (elected for 3 years) 1,651
Conservative Anne Elizabeth Murray (elected for 2 years) 1,569
Liberal Democrats Anthony Laurence Kremer 871
Liberal Democrats Rosemary Peta Johnson 758
Liberal Democrats Samuel David Watts 519
UKIP Stephen Anthony Herbert 366
Labour Elizabeth Anne Evans 348
Green Lucy Rhodes Dykes 310
Labour Colin Robert Bright 285
Labour Thomas George Willis 244
Registered electors 7,177
Turnout 3134 43.67%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)


Knaphill (3 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Sajjad Hussain (elected for 4 years) 1,587
Conservative Melanie Anne Whitehand (elected for 3 years) 1,333
Conservative Deborah Harlow (elected for 2 years) 1,293
Green James William Brierley 407
Liberal Democrats Vanessa Ellicott 399
Liberal Democrats David Geoffrey Barker 394
Labour Richard Peter Ford 384
UKIP Terence John Knight 372
Liberal Democrats Syed Waqar Haider Jaffri 223
Registered electors 7,506
Turnout 2591 34.52%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Mount Hermon

Mount Hermon (3 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative David John Bittleston (elected for 4 years) 1,289
Liberal Democrats Ian Johnson (elected for 3 years) 1,168
Conservative Mark Russell John Pengelly (elected for 2 years) 1,159
Conservative Carl William Thomson 1,146
Liberal Democrats Liam Stuart Lyons 1,104
Liberal Democrats Sinclair Aubrey Webster 980
Green John Robert George Parkin 379
UKIP Lynda Mary Sage 229
Registered electors 7,389
Turnout 2782 37.65%
Conservative win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)


Pyrford (3 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Graham Gray Chrystie (elected for 4 years) 1,892
Conservative Ashley Christian Lawrence Bowes
(elected for 3 years)
Conservative Rashid Mohammed (elected for 2 years) 1,433
Liberal Democrats Ian Michael Lachowicz 579
UKIP Robin Deller Millner 523
Labour Misbah Zahid 521
Labour David Williams 492
Liberal Democrats Richard Peter John Sanderson 497
Liberal Democrats Guy Tuson Cosnahan 373
Registered electors 7,346
Turnout 3172 43.18%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

St Johns

St Johns (3 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Graham Stephen Cundy (elected for 4 years) 1,174
Conservative Hilary Jane Addison (elected for 3 years) 1,098
Liberal Democrats Kenneth Howard (elected for 2 years) 1,052
Liberal Democrats Christina Judith Liddington 1,043
Conservative Paul Graham Smith 938
Liberal Democrats Christopher James Took 775
UKIP Timothy Martin Read 442
Green Joel Benjamin Street 375
Registered electors 7,264
Turnout 2650 36.48%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)


  1. ^ "Guide to May 2016 elections in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland". BBC News Online. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. ^ "John Kingsbury still at the helm of the Woking realm". Woking News & Mail. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Bittleston new leader of Woking Borough Council". Get Surrey. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Past election results". Woking Borough Council. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.