One third of Watford Borough Council in Hertfordshire, England is elected each year, followed by one year when there is an election to Hertfordshire County Council instead.

Political control

Party in control Years
Labour 1973-1988
No overall control 1988-1990
Labour 1990-2000
No overall control 2000-2003
Liberal Democrats 2003–present

Directly elected mayor

The directly-elected mayors of Watford since 2002 have been:

Mayor Party From To
Dorothy Thornhill Liberal Democrats 6 May 2002 6 May 2018
Peter Taylor Liberal Democrats 7 May 2018

Council elections

By-election results

Meriden By-Election 1 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 3,768 48.2 -14.1
Conservative 2,473 31.7 +9.8
Liberal Democrats 1,570 20.1 +4.3
Majority 1,295 16.5
Turnout 7,811
Labour hold Swing
Nascot Park By-Election 1 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 3,695 50.0 +1.7
Liberal Democrats 1,963 26.6 +4.9
Labour 1,727 23.4 -6.7
Majority 1,732 23.4
Turnout 7,385
Conservative hold Swing
Holywell By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,447 51.1 +7.3
Liberal Democrats 906 32.0 +2.1
Conservative 477 16.9 -1.9
Majority 541 19.1
Turnout 2,830
Labour hold Swing
Tudor By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,260 42.5 +1.3
Conservative 1,011 34.1 -7.6
Liberal Democrats 467 15.8 -1.3
Independent 116 3.9 +3.9
Green 112 3.8 +3.8
Majority 249 8.4
Turnout 2,966
Labour hold Swing
Vicarage By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,691 56.9 +0.9
Conservative 674 22.7 +1.3
Liberal Democrats 607 20.4 -2.2
Majority 1,017 34.2
Turnout 2,972
Labour hold Swing
Oxhey By-Election 20 June 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,024 72.4 +5.0
Conservative 245 17.3 -1.5
Labour 105 7.4 -3.2
Green 40 2.8 -0.4
Majority 779 55.1
Turnout 1,414 28.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Nascot By-Election 15 June 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mark Watkin 887 45.4 +17.4
Conservative Angela Basit 828 42.4 -12.0
Green Sally Ivins 145 7.4 +1.3
Labour Mohammed Riaz 92 4.7 -6.9
Majority 59 3.0
Turnout 1,952 36.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Tudor By-Election 16 October 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Darren Walford 932 50.0
Conservative Richard Lloyd Vaughan Southern 486 26.1
Labour Mark James Xerri 273 14.6
Green Helen Elizabeth Wynne 91 4.9
BNP Guy Dickens 83 4.5
Majority 446 23.9
Turnout 1865 40.83
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Leggatts By-Election 4 June 2009 (caused by resignation of incumbent)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Johnson 534 27.1
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Adcock 489 24.8
Green Maria Green 463 23.5
Labour Ahsan Khan 438 22.2
Majority 45 2.3
Turnout 1969 36.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Central By-Election 14 October 2010 (caused by resignation of incumbent)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Helen Lynch 696 44.1
Labour Fred Grindrod 622 39.4
Conservative Youseffe Fahmy 158 10.0
Green Dorothy Nixon 79 5.0
UKIP Dan Channing 24 1.5
Majority 74 4.7
Turnout 1579 24.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Nascot By-Election 29 September 2011 (caused by resignation of incumbent)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jeanette Aron 1021 48.5
Conservative Penny Edwards 818 38.8
Labour Omar Ismail 134 6.4
Green Sally Ivins 133 6.3
Majority 203 9.6
Turnout 2106 34.29
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Vicarage By-Election 6 October 2011 (caused by resignation of incumbent)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maureen Joan Mills 917 52.9
Liberal Democrats Philip Granville Gough 403 23.2
Independent Mohammad Azam 190 11.0
Independent Paul Baker 129 7.4
Conservative David Charles Ealey 95 5.5
Majority 514 29.6
Turnout 1734 29.47
Labour hold Swing
Central By-Election 12 November 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Lizz Ayre 716 45.9
Labour Avril Haley 550 35.3
Conservative Binita Mehta 151 9.7
Green Su Murray 83 5.3
UKIP Renie Susan Price 59 3.8
Majority 166
Turnout 24.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing


References

  1. ^ The Borough of Watford (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1975
  2. ^ "Watford". BBC Online. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
  3. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Watford (Electoral Changes) Order 1998. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  4. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Watford (Electoral Changes) Order 2016. Retrieved on 20 April 2016.