One third of St Albans City and District Council in England is elected each year, followed by one year without election.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973–1984
No overall control 1984-1988
Conservative 1988–1991
No overall control 1991-1994
Liberal Democrats 1994–1999
No overall control 1999-2006
Liberal Democrats 2006–2007
No overall control 2007-2008
Liberal Democrats 2008–2011
No overall control 2011-2015
Conservative 2015–2019
No overall control 2019–2021
Liberal Democrats 2021–Present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2004 have been:[2]

Councillor Party From To
Robert Donald Liberal Democrats 23 Jun 2004 18 May 2011
Julian Daly Conservative 18 May 2011 24 May 2017
Alec Campbell Conservative 24 May 2017 5 May 2019
Chris White Liberal Democrats 22 May 2019

Council elections

Summary of the council composition after each council elections, click on the year for full details of each election. Boundary changes took place for the 1999 election increasing the number of seats by 1.[3]

Year Conservative Liberal Democrats[a] Labour Independent Green Vacant Notes
1973[4] 32 7 14 1 0 0
1976[4] 45 1 6 2 0 0
1979[4] 43 2 8 4 0 0 New ward boundaries[5]
1980[4] 37 5 11 4 0 0
1982[4] 29 15 10 3 0 0
1983[4] 30 17 9 1 0 0
1984[4] 25 23 7 2 0 0
1986[4] 23 25 8 1 0 0
1987[4] 24 25 7 1 0 0
1988[4] 32 17 8 0 0 0
1990[6] 31 17 8 1 0 0
1991[7] 27 20 9 1 0 0
1992[8] 23 23 10 1 0 0
1994[9] 19 29 9 0 0 0
1995[10] 13 34 10 0 0 0
1996[11] 5 39 11 1 0 1
1998[12] 11 30 16 0 0 0
1999[3] 21 21 16 0 0 0 New ward boundaries[13]
2000[14] 19 23 15 1 0 0
2002[15] 20 21 15 1 0 1
2003[16] 21 23 13 1 0 0
2004[17] 17 29 11 1 0 0
2006[18] 17 31 8 2 0 0
2007[19] 19 29 8 2 0 0 Some new ward boundaries[20]
2008[21] 22 30 5 1 0 0
2010[22] 24 30 3 1 0 0
2011[23] 29 24 3 1 1 0
2012[24] 29 19 8 1 1 0
2014[1] 29 17 10 1 1 0
2015[25] 32 16 8 1 1 0
2016[26] 31 17 7 2 1 0
2018[27] 30 18 7 2 1 0
2019[28] 23 25 6 3 1 0
2021[28] 23 30 2 2 1 0
2022[28] 4 50 0 1 1 0 New ward boundaries
  1. ^ Liberal Party prior to 1982, SDP-Liberal Alliance from 1982 to 1988.

District result maps

By-election results

By-elections occur when seats become vacant between council elections. Below is a summary of recent by-elections;[29] full by-election results can be found by clicking on the by-election name.

By-election Date Incumbent party Winning party
Sopwell 13 June 1996 Labour Labour
Marshalswick North 27 February 1997 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
Sopwell by-election 23 July 1998 Labour Labour
Verulam by-election 2 December 1999 Conservative Conservative
Park Street by-election 12 October 2000 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
Sopwell by-election 7 June 2001 Labour Labour
Verulam by-election 27 June 2002 Conservative Liberal Democrats
Verulam by-election 5 April 2004 Conservative Liberal Democrats
Harpenden South by-election 4 June 2009 Conservative Conservative
Ashley by-election 3 June 2010 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
Batchwood by-election 19 January 2012 Liberal Democrats Labour
Marshalswick South by-election 29 January 2015 Conservative Conservative
Clarence by-election 20 October 2016 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
Clarence by-election 3 October 2019 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats

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