One third of Three Rivers District Council in Hertfordshire, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election.

Political control

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

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1986
No overall control 1986–1987
Liberal Democrats 1987–1990
No overall control 1990–1999
Liberal Democrats 1999–2015
No overall control 2015–2016
Liberal Democrats 2017–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1986 have been:[2]

Councillor Party From To
Ann Shaw Liberal Democrats 1986 17 May 2016
Sara Bedford Liberal Democrats 17 May 2016 14 Jul 2020
Sarah Nelmes Liberal Democrats 14 Jul 2020

Council elections

Changes between elections

1991 boundaries

Croxley Green South By-Election 28 November 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 403 50.5
Labour 255 32.0
Conservative 139 17.4
Majority 148 18.5
Turnout 797 29.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Abbots Langley By-Election 2 January 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 581 48.1
Conservative 464 38.4
Labour 164 13.6
Majority 117 9.7
Turnout 1,209 34.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

1999 boundaries

Hayling By-Election 7 December 2000[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Saxon 210 51.9 -3.9
Liberal Democrats Raymond Tully 84 20.7 +2.2
Conservative Graham Denman 74 18.3 -7.3
BNP Ian Edward 37 9.1 +9.1
Majority 126 31.2
Turnout 405 16.9
Labour hold Swing
Hayling By-Election 14 June 2002[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kerron Cross 188 38.8 -17.0
Conservative Lynda Lewis 154 31.8 +6.2
Liberal Democrats Alison Scarth 143 29.5 +11.0
Majority 34 7.0
Turnout 485 19.8
Labour hold Swing
Rickmansworth By-Election 5 May 2005[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Weedon 1,178 56.3 -5.9
Liberal Democrats Leslie Mead 629 30.1 +4.1
Labour Graham Dale 285 13.6 +0.0
Majority 549 26.2
Turnout 2,092 66.5
Conservative hold Swing
Leavesden By-Election 4 June 2009[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Keith Williams 857 63.3 -8.7
Conservative Chris Hawes 369 27.3 +5.7
Labour Colin Gray 128 9.5 +3.0
Majority 488 36.0
Turnout 1,354 33.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Hayling By-Election 24 September 2009[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen King 487 53.9 +21.7
Conservative Ty Harris 190 21.0 -4.6
BNP Deirdre Gates 170 18.8 -11.5
Liberal Democrats Dennis Rogers 56 6.2 -1.4
Majority 297 32.9
Turnout 903 35.0
Labour hold Swing

2014 boundaries

Gade Valley by-election, 12 January 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alex Michaels 626 60.9 +24.0
Conservative 196 19.1 -22.9
Labour 119 11.6 -9.6
UKIP 69 6.7 N/A
Green 18 1.8 N/A
Majority 430 41.8
Turnout 20.75
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

The seat vacated by the death of Liberal Democrat Ann Shaw (Chorleywood South & Maple Cross) was held in a by-election on 13 July 2017 by Phil Williams.[14]

At a by-election on 12 October 2017, the Liberal Democrats' Keith Martin gained Oxhey Hall and Hayling from the Conservatives, whose councillor Ty Harris had resigned.[15][16]

Alison Wall (Durrants) defected from the Lib Dems to the Conservatives in February 2018.[17]

Martin Brooks (Leavesden) resigned from the Liberal Democrats in March 2018.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Three Rivers". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Council minutes". Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  3. ^ The District of Three Rivers (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1975
  4. ^ The Dacorum and Three Rivers (Areas) Order 1985
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire (County Boundaries) Order 1991. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Three Rivers". * BBC News Online See Local Government Commission for England Report Final Recommendations on the Future Electoral Arrangements for Three Rivers in Hertfordshire, February 1998. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Three Rivers (Parishes and Electoral Changes) Order 1998. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Three Rivers (Electoral Changes) Order 2014. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  9. ^ My personal records show Conservative Graham Denman second with 84 votes, Lib Dem Raymond Tully third with 74 votes. Not sure which is the correct result!
  10. ^ "Hayling By-election Result 2002". Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  11. ^ "District council by-election result - May 2005" (PDF). Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  12. ^ "Lib Dems win Leavesden by-election". Watford Observer. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  13. ^ "District council by-election result - September 2009" (PDF). Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  14. ^ "Brilliant Lib Dem win in Three Rivers by-election". Mark Pack. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  15. ^ "District Council By-Election - 12 October 2017". Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Conservative councillor resigns from his post". Watford Observer. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Lib Dem councillor defects to alternative party over 'incompatible' views". Watford Observer. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  18. ^ "'It was my own decision' Councillor denies he quit because he was to be 'deselected'". Watford Observer. Retrieved 30 March 2018.