The 2019 Woking Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect one third of members to Woking Borough Council[1][2] in England coinciding with other local elections held across much of England. Elections in each ward are held in three years out of four.[3] The previous election was held in 2018 and the next election was due to be held in 2020 but was instead deferred to 2021 along with all other ‘2020’ local elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Results Summary

Shortly before these elections, in April 2019, Cllr. Graham Chrystie (a councillor for Pyrford ward) defected from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats, leaving the ruling Conservative administration going into these elections with exactly half - 15 out of 30 - of the seats on the council.[4][5]

Although the Conservatives lost their overall majority on the council, following the election they continued to run the council as a minority administration.[6] In the numerical analysis below (the Results Summary and the individual Results by Ward) the performance of each Party or candidate is compared against the results of the Woking Borough Council (WBC) elections of the previous year of 2018. However, in terms of individual wards ‘held’ or ‘gained’ in 2019 the comparison is with the winning second placed candidates/Parties in the all-out WBC elections of 2016, as these were the sitting councillors seeking re-election in 2019.

Woking Borough Council election, 2019
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 4 Decrease 1 40 10 14 46.66 8,976 33.5 Decrease 12.3
  Liberal Democrats 4 Increase 1 40 6 10 33.33 8,011 29.9 Increase 0.7
  Independent 1 Steady 10 2 3 10 3,611 13.5 Increase 7.3
  Labour 1 Steady 10 2 3 10 2,633 9.8 Decrease 6.3
  UKIP 0 0 0 1,803 6.7 Increase 4.0
  Green 0 0 0 1,798 6.7 New
Turnout 27,884

Results by Ward

Byfleet and West Byfleet

Byfleet and West Byfleet
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Amanda Jayne Boote 1,440 53.4 +12.5
Conservative Irene Esther Watson Green 614 22.8 -16.3
Liberal Democrats Ellen Sophie Nicholson 364 13.5 +1.3
UKIP Jamie Paul Hayward 157 5.8 New
Green James Duncan Craig 120 4.5 New
Majority 826 30.6
Turnout 2,701 31.44
Independent hold Swing

Canalside

Canalside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammad Ali 1,033 37.6 -7.4
Conservative Mohammad Riasat Khan 827 30.1 -2.7
Liberal Democrats Andrea Elizabeth Barker 375 13.6 +1.1
UKIP William Nelson Owen Roe 315 11.5 +7.6
Green Richard Guy Lewis Connelly 198 7.2 New
Majority 206 7.5
Turnout 2,767 37.19
Labour hold Swing

Goldsworth Park

Goldsworth Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats James Richard Sanderson 1,032 42.2 +4.6
Conservative Jonathan Thomas Ewart Cope 755 30.9 -7.1
Labour Christopher David Martin 280 11.4 -9.0
UKIP Troy de Leon 234 9.6 +5.7
Green Ella Jessica Walding 145 5.9 New
Majority 277 11.3
Turnout 2,454 35.24
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Heathlands

Heathlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ayesha Azad 1,424 51.3 -10.9
Independent Robert Arthur Shatwell 542 19.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Guy Tuson Cosnahan 538 19.4 -5.0
Green Anna Katharine Wright 271 9.8 New
Majority 882 31.8
Turnout 2,791 39.82
Conservative hold Swing

Hoe Valley

Hoe Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Louise Mary Nell Morales 1,147 56.8 +7.7
Conservative Colin Patrick Scott 374 18.5 -14.6
Labour Brian Stanley Walter 204 10.1 -3.9
UKIP David Simon Roe 159 7.9 +4.0
Green Ivica Petrikova 137 6.8 New
Majority 773 38.3
Turnout 2,039 28.56
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Horsell

Horsell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Sidney Kemp 1,298 41.8 -8.2
Liberal Democrats John Francis Doran 1,083 34.9 -0.5
Green Nigel Charles Ridgeon 266 8.6 New
UKIP Judith Diana Squire 260 8.4 +4.8
Labour Joshua James Reid 196 6.3 -4.8
Majority 215 7.1
Turnout 3,122 43.75
Conservative hold Swing

Knaphill

Knaphill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Melanie Anne Whitehand 960 36.3 -17.6
Independent Hassan Badrudrin Akberali 808 30.5 +14.9
Liberal Democrats Norman Grenville Johns 339 12.8 -2.5
Labour Geraldine Margaret Mitchell-Smith 214 8.1 -7.1
Green Alexandra May Connelly 180 6.8 New
UKIP Andrew George Glen 145 5.5 New
Majority 152 5.8
Turnout 2,655 33.30
Conservative hold Swing

Mount Hermon

Mount Hermon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ian Johnson 1,421 51.0 +7.9
Conservative John Frederick Lawrence 806 28.9 -13.6
Labour Zara Coombes 211 7.6 -4.8
Green Irene Jane Ridgeon 196 7.0 New
UKIP Richard Peter Farr Squire 155 5.6 +0.3
Majority 615 22.1
Turnout 2,802 37.80
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Pyrford

Pyrford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary William Elson 1,099 37.8 -21.5
Independent Joanna Avey 821 28.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Ian Michael Lachowicz 419 14.4 -7.0
Labour Samar Akhlaq Chaudhary 323 11.1 -3.3
Green Danny Clarke 124 4.3 New
UKIP Robin Deller Milner 124 4.3 -1.0
Majority 278 9.6
Turnout 2,921 39.22
Conservative hold Swing

St John's

St John's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Robert Norman Leach 1,293 47.9 +4.4
Conservative Mark Russell John Pengelly 819 30.3 -11.2
UKIP Timothy Martin Read 254 9.4 +5.1
Labour John Scott-Morgan 172 6.4 -4.4
Green Kathleen Elizabeth Kett 161 6.0 New
Majority 474 17.6
Turnout 2,802 37.80
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

References

  1. ^ "Election of Borough Councillors for the Wards of Woking Borough Council Summary of Results" (PDF). Woking Borough Council. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Woking Borough Council". BBC. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Upcoming elections & referendums". The Electoral Commission. 4 May 2015. Archived from the original on 5 May 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Local Conservative councillor defects – Woking News and Mail".
  5. ^ "Woking Conservative Councillor defects to Lib Dems".
  6. ^ "Lib-Dems reject seats on Woking council executive – Woking News and Mail".