One third of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in Hertfordshire, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2008, 48 councillors have been elected from 16 wards.[1]

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973 - 1976
Conservative 1976 - 1979
Labour 1979 - 1992
Conservative 1992 - 1994
Labour 1994 - 1999
Conservative 1999 - 2000
Labour 2000 - 2002
Conservative 2002 - 2019
No overall control 2019–2021
Conservative 2021–present

The leaders of the council since 2005 have been:[3]

Councillor Party From To
John Dean Conservative May 2005 6 May 2018
Mandy Perkins Conservative 21 May 2018 29 Sep 2018
Tony Kingsbury Conservative 19 Nov 2018

Council elections

By-election results

1997-2001

Panshanger By-Election 10 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 486 49.5 +10.4
Labour 292 29.8 -22.4
Liberal Democrats 109 11.1 +2.4
No to Sleaze, No to Slough 94 9.6 +9.6
Majority 194 19.7
Turnout 981 25.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Hatfield North By-Election 7 August 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 517 42.9 +21.0
Labour 454 37.7 -28.2
Liberal Democrats 156 13.0 +0.7
Other 77 6.4 +6.4
Majority 63 5.2
Turnout 1,204
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Hollybush By-Election 25 June 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 726 75.0 +8.3
Conservative 241 24.9 +4.7
Majority 485 50.1
Turnout 967 23.0
Labour hold Swing
Peartree By-Election 25 June 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 528 83.7 +15.4
Conservative 103 16.3 -1.2
Majority 425 67.4
Turnout 631 13.0
Labour hold Swing
Hollybush By-Election 17 June 1999 (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 802
Labour 797
Labour 772
Conservative 282
Conservative 282
Conservative 272
Liberal Democrats 82
Liberal Democrats 81
Liberal Democrats 69
Turnout 3,439 29.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Handside By-Election 31 August 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 831 51.6
Labour 381 23.7
Liberal Democrats 276 17.2
UKIP 121 7.5
Majority 450 27.9
Turnout 1,609 30.1
Conservative hold Swing

2001-2005

Haldens By-Election 8 November 2001[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 611 58.8 +1.7
Conservative 363 34.9 +4.4
Liberal Democrats 65 6.3 -6.2
Majority 248 23.9
Turnout 1,039 22.7
Labour hold Swing
Hatfield North By-Election 19 June 2003[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Howard Morgan 539 50.7 +7.9
Labour 398 37.4 -4.9
Liberal Democrats 126 11.9 -3.0
Majority 141 13.3
Turnout 1,063 24.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Hatfield North By-Election 27 November 2003[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clare Berry 484 46.8 -3.9
Labour Stuart Jackson 444 42.9 +5.5
Liberal Democrats Mike Larkins 106 10.3 -1.6
Majority 40 3.9
Turnout 1,034 23.8
Conservative hold Swing
Sherrards By-Election 27 November 2003[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christine Wheeler 689 46.0 +0.4
Labour Christopher Cory 521 34.8 -5.1
Liberal Democrats Ian Skidmore 288 19.2 +4.8
Majority 168 11.2
Turnout 1,498 34.6
Conservative hold Swing

2005-2009

Haldens By-Election 30 June 2005[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samuel Smith 546 38.2 -0.2
Conservative Sara Johnston 456 32.0 -2.8
Liberal Democrats Eirwen Smith 425 29.8 +3.0
Majority 90 6.2
Turnout 1,427 32.8
Labour hold Swing
Handside By-Election 30 June 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Anthony Skottowe 1,124 56.5 +11.0
Conservative Lance Stanbury 702 35.2 -8.4
Labour Sarah Carthew 165 8.3 -2.6
Majority 422 21.3
Turnout 1,498 40.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Welham Green By-Election 3 January 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Doug Berry 539 40.7
Liberal Democrats John Elvy 484 36.5
BNP Mark Fuller 214 16.2
Labour Bridgit Croft 88 6.6
Majority 55 4.2
Turnout 1,325 46.6
Conservative hold Swing
Hatfield Central By-Election 26 June 2008[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maureen Cook 425 33.2 -8.3
Liberal Democrats Hazel Laming 329 25.7 +10.5
Conservative Stan Laver-Walton 319 24.9 -18.4
BNP Mark Fuller 138 10.8 +10.8
Independent Timothy Butler 69 5.4 +5.4
Majority 96 7.5
Turnout 1,280 28.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

2009-2013

Hatfield East By-Election 4 June 2009[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tony Kingsbury 954 50.1 -6.2
Liberal Democrats Hazel Laming 579 30.4 +9.4
Labour Cathy Watson 370 19.4 -3.2
Majority 375 19.7
Turnout 1,903 40.4
Conservative hold Swing
Hatfield South By-Election 4 June 2009[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kieran Thorpe 431 38.0
Conservative Sarah Langley 413 36.4
Liberal Democrats Simon Archer 291 25.6
Majority 18 1.6
Turnout 1,135 32.2

2013-2017

Handside By-Election 14 December 2017[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Siobhan Elam 1105 52.4 +16.7
Conservative Drew Richardson 691 32.8 -9.3
Labour Belinda Yeldon 260 12.3 -3.5
Majority 375 19.7
Turnout 2111 38.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

References

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  2. ^ a b "Welwyn Hatfield". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Council minutes". Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  4. ^ The District of Welwyn Hatfield (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976
  5. ^ The East Hertfordshire and Welwyn Hatfield (Areas) Order 1985
  6. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Welwyn Hatfield (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1991. Retrieved on 4 November 2015.
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Essex, Greater London and Hertfordshire (County and London Borough Boundaries) Order 1993. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Welwyn Hatfield". BBC News Online. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  9. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Welwyn Hatfield (Electoral Changes) Order 1998. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  10. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Welwyn Hatfield (Electoral Changes) Order 2008. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  11. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Welwyn Hatfield (Electoral Changes) Order 2016. Retrieved on 20 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Tories inch ahead". guardian.co.uk. London. 9 November 2001. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  13. ^ "Labour loses three seats in council by-elections". St Albans & Harpenden Review. 25 June 2003. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  14. ^ a b "Small byelection gain for Lib Dems". guardian.co.uk. London. 28 November 2003. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
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  16. ^ "By Election Results - 26 June 2008". Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  17. ^ a b "By Election Results - 4 June 2009". Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  18. ^ "By Election Results - 14 December 2017". Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Retrieved 16 December 2017.