Map showing the results of the 2021 Woking Borough Council election
Map showing the results of the 2021 Woking Borough Council election

The 2021 Woking Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2021 to elect members of Woking Borough Council in England.[1] This was on the same day as other local elections. Across the whole of Surrey there was also the Surrey County Council election and the election to be Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The Woking Borough Council election and the Surrey PCC election had both been delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. After the Borough elections the Conservative Party remained, by a margin of just one seat, the largest party on Woking Borough Council. Conservative Councillor Ayesha Azad continued to lead a Conservative minority administration, although the Council’s committee chairmanships were taken by opposition councillors.

Results Summary

Changes in votes and in percentage point performance etc. in the overall Results Summary chart, and in the individual Ward Results charts, relate to the most recent previous election results in 2019.

Going into these elections, the ruling Conservative minority administration had 14 councillors, the Liberal Democrats had 10, Labour had 3 and there were 3 Independents. Cllr Graham Christie, who had defected from the Conservatives to the LibDems in 2019, failed to secure re-election in his Pyrford ward in his new political colours.

Following the elections, the council was described by one local newspaper as "going into disarray" as no party leader appeared particularly keen to be the Leader of the hung council.[2] In the end, the Conservatives took charge and Cllr Ayesha Azad continued to run the council as a minority administration [3]

2021 Woking Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 4 Decrease 2 40.0 9 13 43.3 12,311 40.4 +6.9
  Liberal Democrats 5 Increase 3 50.0 7 12 40.0 11,010 36.1 +6.2
  Labour 1 Steady 10.0 2 3 10.0 2,288 7.5 -2.3
  Independent 0 Decrease 1 0.0 2 2 6.7 2,539 8.3 -5.2
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 1,923 6.3 -0.4
  Heritage 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 297 1.0 New
  UKIP 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 111 0.4 -6.3
  TUSC 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 28 0.1 New

Ward Results

Byfleet and West Byfleet

Byfleet and West Byfleet
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Josh Brown 1,301 42.7 +19.9
Independent Neil Willetts 1,009 33.1 -20.3
Liberal Democrats Peter Graves 429 14.1 +0.6
Green Jim Craig 311 10.2 +5.7
Majority 292 9.6
Turnout 3,073 34.9 +3.5
Conservative gain from Independent Swing Increase 20.1

Canalside

Canalside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tahir Aziz 1,371 50.3 +12.7
Conservative Colin Scott 931 34.1 +4.0
Liberal Democrats Anuj Sikka 314 11.5 -2.1
UKIP William Roe 111 4.1 -7.4
Majority 440 16.2 +9.0
Turnout 2,747 36.8 -0.4
Labour hold Swing Increase4.4

Goldsworth Park

Goldsworth Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ann-Marie Barker 1,329 52.8 +10.6
Conservative Jonny Cope 950 37.7 +6.8
Green Kate Kett 240 9.5 +3.6
Majority 379 15.1 +3.8
Turnout 2,540 36.5 +1.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase1.9

Heathlands

Heathlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Davis 1,474 47.9 -3.4
Liberal Democrats Guy Cosnahan 1,218 39.6 +20.2
Green Ella Walding 321 10.4 +0.6
Heritage Judith Squire 63 2.0 N/A
Majority 256 8.3 -23.5
Turnout 3,096 43.4 +3.6
Conservative hold Swing Decrease11.8

Hoe Valley

Hoe Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Will Forster 1,451 60.0 +3.2
Conservative John Lawrence 586 24.2 +5.7
Labour Sabir Hussain 187 7.7 -2.4
Green Ivica Petrikova 136 5.6 -1.2
Heritage Michael Heaton 59 2.4 N/A
Majority 865 35.8 -2.5
Turnout 2,427 33.0 +4.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease1.3

Horsell

Horsell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Adam Kirby 2,018 54.2 +19.3
Conservative Beryl Hunwicks 1,708 45.8 +4.0
Majority 310 8.4
Turnout 3,761 52.3 +8.5
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing Increase7.7

Knaphill

Knaphill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Saj Hussain 1,700 50.8 +14.5
Independent Hassan Akberali 1,073 32.1 +1.6
Liberal Democrats Tom Spenser 291 8.7 -4.1
Labour Gerry Mitchell 252 7.5 -0.6
TUSC Nathan Holmes 28 0.8 N/A
Majority 627 18.7 +12.9
Turnout 3,364 41.2 +7.9
Conservative hold Swing Increase6.5

Mount Hermon

Mount Hermon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ellen Nicholson 1,611 49.4 -1.6
Conservative Carl Thomson 1,137 34.9 +6.0
Green Christine Murphy 436 13.4 +6.4
Heritage Damien Heads 76 2.3 N/A
Majority 474 14.5 -7.6
Turnout 3,275 41.9 +4.1
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing Decrease3.8

Pyrford

Note that Graham Chrystie was previously elected as a Conservative councillor for the Pyrford ward, but defected to the Liberal Democrats, as a sitting councillor, in April 2019.

Pyrford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steven Dorsett 1,400 39.5 +1.7
Liberal Democrats Graham Chrystie 1,029 29.0 +14.6
Labour Samar Chaudhary 478 13.5 +2.4
Independent Daryl Jordan 457 12.9 -15.3
Green Danny Clarke 181 5.1 +0.8
Majority 371 10.5 +0.9
Turnout 3,565 46.3 +7.1
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 6.4

St. John's

St. John's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dale Roberts 1,320 46.5 -1.4
Conservative Paul Smith 1,124 39.6 +9.3
Green Jennifer Mason 298 10.5 +4.5
Heritage Tim Read 99 3.5 N/A
Majority 196 6.9 -10.7
Turnout 2,863 39.9 +2.1
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing Decrease5.3

References

  1. ^ "Election results 2021: Woking Borough Council". www.woking.gov.uk. 4 May 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Woking council in disarray as no party wants to take control". 13 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Council leadership". 6 March 2019.