2018 Woking Borough Council election

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10 of the 30 seats on Woking Borough Council
16 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats Labour
Seats won 16 8 3
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 1 Steady
Popular vote 12,770 8,131 4,500
Percentage 45.8% 29.2% 16.1%
Swing Decrease 1.7% Increase 1.0% Increase 5.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Independent UKIP
Seats won 3 0
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 1,731 752
Percentage 6.2% 2.7%
Swing Increase 0.8% Decrease 2.7%

The 2018 Woking Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2018 to elect one third of members to Woking Borough Council in England coinciding with other local elections held across much of England. Elections in each ward are held in three years out of four.[1]

Woking was one of the boroughs subject to a trial of voter ID[2] requiring the production of photographic ID or 2 other forms of ID at the polling station.[3]

Results

The Conservatives lost one seat to the Liberal Democrats, with Mount Hermon councillor Mark Pengelly losing by a margin of just 17 votes to Liam Lyons, who had been defeated by Pengelly two years earlier.[4] The Conservatives also failed to win their target seats of Byfleet and St John's by narrow margins, and came within 10 votes of losing in Goldsworth Park, although they held their seats in Horsell, Knaphill, Heathlands and Pyrford with very large majorities.

The result meant that the Tory majority over all other parties on the council reduced from four to two, so the Conservatives still maintained overall control as they have done since 2007, counting a short period of minority administration.[4] Despite polling 3.2% in the all-out council elections in 2016, the Green Party did not field candidates.[5]

Woking Borough Council election, 2018[5]
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 5 Decrease 1 50% 11 16 53.33 12,770 45.8 Decrease 1.7
  Liberal Democrats 3 Increase 1 30 5 8 26.66 8,131 29.2 Increase 1.0
  Labour 1 Steady 10 2 3 10 4,500 16.1 Increase 5.8
  Independent 1 Steady 10 2 3 10 1,731 6.2 Increase 0.8
  UKIP 0 0 0 752 2.7 Decrease 2.7
Turnout 27,884
Conservative hold

Ward by ward

Successful incumbents are marked with a green tick: checkY, defeated incumbents with a red cross: ☒N

Byfleet and West Byfleet[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Mary Ann Bridgeman checkY 1,178 40.9
Conservative Gary William Elson 1125 39.1
Liberal Democrats Ellen Sophie Nicholson 352 12.2
Labour Mohammed Sakhawat Khan 225 7.8
Majority 53 1.8
Turnout 2,880
Independent hold Swing
Canalside[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Ilyas Raja checkY 1,213 45.0
Conservative Robina Shaheen 883 32.8
Liberal Democrats John Francis Doran 338 12.5
Independent David Benjamin Severn 155 5.8
UKIP Terence J Knight 105 3.9
Majority 330 12.2
Turnout 2,694
Labour hold Swing
Goldsworth Park[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chitra Rana checkY 930 38.0
Liberal Democrats James Richard Sanderson 920 37.6
Labour Christopher David Martin 500 20.4
UKIP Troy de Leon 95 3.9
Majority 10 0.4
Turnout 2,445
Conservative hold Swing
Heathlands[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon Michael Ashall 1,772 62.2
Liberal Democrats Thomas Edward Rimmer 695 24.4
Labour Elizabeth Anne Evans 383 13.4
Majority 1,077 37.8
Turnout 2,850
Conservative hold Swing
Hoe Valley[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Deborah Elizabeth Hughes checkY 1,096 49.1
Conservative John Frederick Lawrence 739 33.1
Labour Geraldine Margaret Mitchell-Smith 312 14.0
UKIP Judith Diana Squire 86 3.9
Majority 357 16.0
Turnout 2,233
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Horsell[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nancy Hazel Mary Martin 1,612 50.0
Liberal Democrats Anthony Laurence Kremer 1141 35.4
Labour Conor Michael John Bakhuizen 357 11.1
UKIP Lynda Mary Sage 117 3.6
Majority 471 14.6
Turnout 3,227
Conservative hold Swing
Knaphill[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Deborah Harlow checkY 1,376 53.9
Independent Hassan Badrudin Akberali 398 15.6
Liberal Democrats Jamie Diane Roscoe-Jones 391 15.3
Labour Colin Robert Bright 387 15.2
Majority 978 38.3
Turnout 2,552
Conservative hold Swing
Mount Hermon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Liam Stuart Lyons 1,300 43.1
Conservative Mark Russell John Pengelly ☒N 1283 42.5
Labour Sabir Hussain 374 12.4
UKIP Richard Peter Farr Squire 62 2.1
Majority 17 0.6
Turnout 3,019
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Pyrford[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rashid Mohammed checkY 2,076 59.3
Liberal Democrats Ian Michael Lachowicz 679 21.4
Labour Geoffrey Folk O'Shea 447 14.4
UKIP Robin Deller Milner 167 5.3
Majority 1,208 37.9
Turnout 3,180
Conservative hold Swing
St Johns[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Kenneth Howard checkY 1,219 43.5
Conservative Steven James Royston Dorsett 1163 41.5
Labour John Scott-Morgan 302 10.8
UKIP Timothy Martin Read 120 4.3
Majority 56 2.0
Turnout 2,804
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Upcoming elections & referendums". The Electoral Commission. 4 May 2015. Archived from the original on 5 May 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  2. ^ Press Association (28 April 2018). "Polling station voter ID plans are deeply flawed, say critics". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  3. ^ Walker, Peter; Weaver, Matthew (3 May 2018). "Anger and confusion as voters turned away during ID trial". the Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Woking Borough Council". BBC News Online. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Borough election results 04 May 2018". Woking Borough Council. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2017.