Voting in Watford today? Our easy guide to the mayoral and local elections

Voting in Watford? Our easy guide to the mayoral and local elections

Voting in Watford? Our easy guide to the mayoral and local elections

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Planning on voting in the Watford local elections today? Here’s our guide to the mayoral and council elections.

Watford Mayoral:

The main event today will be the vote to decide who will be Watford’s elected mayor. It is the most powerful political office in the town.

The position has been held by Liberal Democrat, Dorothy Thornhill, since it was created in 2002. Today she is seeking a fourth term as mayor.

Mayor Thornhill is being challenged by Labour’s Jagtar Singh Dhindsa, Conservative Linda Topping and Phil Cox of the UK Independence Party.

Here is a short video clip from each candidate on why they want your vote:

Liberal Democrat Dorothy Thornhill:

Labour's Jagtar Singh Dhindsa:

Conservative Linda Topping:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ukip's Phil Cox:

Here is information about the parties’ mayoral manifestos.

Liberal Democrat - click here.

Labour - click here.

Conservative - click here.

UKIP - click here.

Why do you have two votes?

Voters will have to pick two candidates on the mayoral ballot paper – a first and second preference. This is because the election is decided by the supplementary vote system. In this all the first preference votes are counted and if one candidate has a majority of more than 50 per cent over the others they automatically win.

If not the two top candidates go through to a second round of counting. Here the second preference votes of all the knocked-out candidates are added to the leading two. The candidate with the biggest pile of votes at the end of the second count wins.

The upshot is you need to consider who your second preference candidate is as it could be important if the contest is pushed to a second round.

Watford Borough Council elections:

A third of the council’s 36 seats are also up for grabs today – one in each of Watford’s 12 wards. There will also be a by-election in Callowland after Green councillor, Steve Rackett, stood down. The council is currently dominated by the Liberal Democrats, who hold 24 seats. Labour are the largest opposition party with eight councillors, the Green party have three and there is an independent in Park, Malcolm Meerabux.

Here’s a list of the candidates standing today:

Callowland

CandidatePartyVotes
Zaheer AhmedLiberal Democrat411
Sohail Bashir - WinnerLabour653
John DowdleGreen Party364
Ian GreenUK Independence Party288
Len KerswellConservative178
Su MurrayGreen Party424
Sally PunterConservative183
Dennis WhartonLiberal Democrat459
Seamus Williams - WinnerLabour511

Central

CandidatePartyVotes
Stephen Bolton - WinnerLiberal Democrat813
Avril HaleyLabour698
Joanne NorwoodConservative252
Mark O'ConnorTrade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts50
Renie PriceUK Independence Party243

Holywell

CandidatePartyVotes
Sajith AttepuramTrade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts33
Jackie Connal - WinnerLabour1164
Simonie JeffreeLiberal Democrat231
Caroline PennUK Independence Party346
Anne SanderConservative221

Leggatts

CandidatePartyVotes
Bobby AminLiberal Democrat433
Thineshkumar BalasingamTrade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts35
Logan BrowneUK Independence Party420
Bilqees Mauthoor - WinnerLabour855
Neil PunterConservative289
Alison WiesnerGreen Party151

Meriden

CandidatePartyVotes
Favour EwudoLabour452
Kareen Hastrick - WinnerLiberal Democrat826
Nicholas LincolnUK Independence Party532
Mark WhitmanConservative288

Nascot

CandidatePartyVotes
Sally IvinsGreen Party164
Daniel KerryLabour272
Camilla KhawajaConservative647
David PennUK Independence Party315
Mark Watkin - WinnerLiberal Democrat1260

Oxhey

CandidatePartyVotes
Sharon Belsham-WrayTrade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts32
Joyce BurrowsUK Independence Party268
Penelope MortimerConservative276
Iain Sharpe - WinnerLiberal Democrat1236
Sue SleemanLabour289

Park

CandidatePartyVotes
Peter BloggUK Independence Party258
David ConnalLabour247
Malcolm MeerabuxIndependent518
Binita Mehta - WinnerConservative939
Dorothy NixonGreen Party117
Anne RindlLiberal Democrat906

Stanborough

CandidatePartyVotes
Penny BarefootUK Independence Party400
Christopher HawesConservative305
Keith Crout - WinnerLiberal Democrat898
John McShaneTrade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts33
Benson ObasogieLabour249

Tudor

CandidatePartyVotes
Dan ChanningUK Independence Party397
Diana IvoryLabour348
Stephen Johnson - WinnerLiberal Democrat730
Amanda NorwoodConservative348
Martin WiesnerGreen Party94

Vicarage

CandidatePartyVotes
Robert CarterUK Independence Party234
Jagtar Singh Dhindsa - WinnerLabour1403
Dave EaleyConservative207
Joe FahmyLiberal Democrat346
James O'ConnorTrade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts56

Woodside

CandidatePartyVotes
Karen Collett - WinnerLiberal Democrat725
Andrew CoxUK Independence Party441
Steve PalmerLabour292
Tony RogersConservative348

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8:37am Thu 22 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Great article.

Please go out and vote UKIP today. Together we can do it, momentum is on our side.

What we don't want is another four years of Dorothy Thornhill and the LibDems, and we certainly do not want to go back to the Labour party who left this town such a basket case 12 years ago.

One person has said to me on the campaign trail "Well at least the LibDems are better than Labour". That may be the case, but is that enough to have another four years of them?

Vote UKIP.
Great article. Please go out and vote UKIP today. Together we can do it, momentum is on our side. What we don't want is another four years of Dorothy Thornhill and the LibDems, and we certainly do not want to go back to the Labour party who left this town such a basket case 12 years ago. One person has said to me on the campaign trail "Well at least the LibDems are better than Labour". That may be the case, but is that enough to have another four years of them? Vote UKIP. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: 7

8:41am Thu 22 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

I am being flooded with texts this morning, I don't even know who most of them are from.

Here are two representative texts.

"Good luck"

"Morning. I was first to vote at our polling station. First Blood to UKIP. :-) everyone I have spoken to is voting UKIP. Fingers crossed they will. I think UKIP gonna win."

Whoever that was, thanks.

Keep 'em coming!
I am being flooded with texts this morning, I don't even know who most of them are from. Here are two representative texts. "Good luck" "Morning. I was first to vote at our polling station. First Blood to UKIP. :-) everyone I have spoken to is voting UKIP. Fingers crossed they will. I think UKIP gonna win." Whoever that was, thanks. Keep 'em coming! Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: 8

8:52am Thu 22 May 14

crazyfrog says...

Ukip seem to be the only party willing to listen to the electorate !
Who on earth would press forward with a major health campus development with untold housing and no hospital because the hospital trust haven't yet completed their review strategy.

Any sensible person would at least wait untill the hospital trust have finished their review then regenerate with the hospital build in the plans.

As they say only fools rush in, Watford General is already at virtual breaking point people and thousands of new residents on its doorstep will probably be the straw that breaks the camels back, the whole situation is actually getting dangerous now to the health of watford residents especially if you have to rush your child or elderly relative to A+E only to find it's overwhelmed and closed.

That's why I really hope UKIP win this, because at least phil cox will bring the health development back from the brink and do the sensible thing and wait untill west Herts hospital trust have had time to finish their review so they can get the funding to build that new hospital watford is desperate for and then and only then if any spare land is left consider housing.
Ukip seem to be the only party willing to listen to the electorate ! Who on earth would press forward with a major health campus development with untold housing and no hospital because the hospital trust haven't yet completed their review strategy. Any sensible person would at least wait untill the hospital trust have finished their review then regenerate with the hospital build in the plans. As they say only fools rush in, Watford General is already at virtual breaking point people and thousands of new residents on its doorstep will probably be the straw that breaks the camels back, the whole situation is actually getting dangerous now to the health of watford residents especially if you have to rush your child or elderly relative to A+E only to find it's overwhelmed and closed. That's why I really hope UKIP win this, because at least phil cox will bring the health development back from the brink and do the sensible thing and wait untill west Herts hospital trust have had time to finish their review so they can get the funding to build that new hospital watford is desperate for and then and only then if any spare land is left consider housing. crazyfrog
  • Score: 12

8:55am Thu 22 May 14

The Rover says...

Best of luck today Phil. It is definitely time for change
Best of luck today Phil. It is definitely time for change The Rover
  • Score: 14

8:59am Thu 22 May 14

crazyfrog says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
I am being flooded with texts this morning, I don't even know who most of them are from.

Here are two representative texts.

"Good luck"

"Morning. I was first to vote at our polling station. First Blood to UKIP. :-) everyone I have spoken to is voting UKIP. Fingers crossed they will. I think UKIP gonna win."

Whoever that was, thanks.

Keep 'em coming!
I can echo that phil, everybody I ask seem to be intent on voting UKIP so good luck hope the day goes well for you, I really really don't want to see west watford saturated with rabbit hutch flats and houses when the developer has finished and walks away with the cash!
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: I am being flooded with texts this morning, I don't even know who most of them are from. Here are two representative texts. "Good luck" "Morning. I was first to vote at our polling station. First Blood to UKIP. :-) everyone I have spoken to is voting UKIP. Fingers crossed they will. I think UKIP gonna win." Whoever that was, thanks. Keep 'em coming![/p][/quote]I can echo that phil, everybody I ask seem to be intent on voting UKIP so good luck hope the day goes well for you, I really really don't want to see west watford saturated with rabbit hutch flats and houses when the developer has finished and walks away with the cash! crazyfrog
  • Score: 10

8:59am Thu 22 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Thank you both, but please don't forget to vote.
Thank you both, but please don't forget to vote. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: 7

9:11am Thu 22 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

crazyfrog wrote:
Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
I am being flooded with texts this morning, I don't even know who most of them are from.

Here are two representative texts.

"Good luck"

"Morning. I was first to vote at our polling station. First Blood to UKIP. :-) everyone I have spoken to is voting UKIP. Fingers crossed they will. I think UKIP gonna win."

Whoever that was, thanks.

Keep 'em coming!
I can echo that phil, everybody I ask seem to be intent on voting UKIP so good luck hope the day goes well for you, I really really don't want to see west watford saturated with rabbit hutch flats and houses when the developer has finished and walks away with the cash!
Agreed. We need decent places for people to live AND a new hospital. The LibDems offer neither.

Remember who the greedy developer is in this case. It's not Keir that is taking the allotments and denying space for a future new hospital, it is our very own council, under the control of the LibDems and Mayor Dorothy Thornhill.

It really is time she was shown the door.

All the social media I see is very critical of her. I think she could be out this year. I hope so, for Watford's sake.
[quote][p][bold]crazyfrog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: I am being flooded with texts this morning, I don't even know who most of them are from. Here are two representative texts. "Good luck" "Morning. I was first to vote at our polling station. First Blood to UKIP. :-) everyone I have spoken to is voting UKIP. Fingers crossed they will. I think UKIP gonna win." Whoever that was, thanks. Keep 'em coming![/p][/quote]I can echo that phil, everybody I ask seem to be intent on voting UKIP so good luck hope the day goes well for you, I really really don't want to see west watford saturated with rabbit hutch flats and houses when the developer has finished and walks away with the cash![/p][/quote]Agreed. We need decent places for people to live AND a new hospital. The LibDems offer neither. Remember who the greedy developer is in this case. It's not Keir that is taking the allotments and denying space for a future new hospital, it is our very own council, under the control of the LibDems and Mayor Dorothy Thornhill. It really is time she was shown the door. All the social media I see is very critical of her. I think she could be out this year. I hope so, for Watford's sake. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: 9

9:21am Thu 22 May 14

TRT says...

I think it's time Dorothy Downhill threw off her chains (of office) and passed them to someone who isn't so obsessed with vanity projects.
I think it's time Dorothy Downhill threw off her chains (of office) and passed them to someone who isn't so obsessed with vanity projects. TRT
  • Score: 10

9:35am Thu 22 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

TRT wrote:
I think it's time Dorothy Downhill threw off her chains (of office) and passed them to someone who isn't so obsessed with vanity projects.
I couldn't agree more TRT. Well said.
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: I think it's time Dorothy Downhill threw off her chains (of office) and passed them to someone who isn't so obsessed with vanity projects.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more TRT. Well said. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: 6

1:22pm Thu 22 May 14

Kryten1 says...

Best of luck today Phil, voted for you first thing this morning. I really do hope that you win and we don't get stuck with Dotty again.
Best of luck today Phil, voted for you first thing this morning. I really do hope that you win and we don't get stuck with Dotty again. Kryten1
  • Score: 7

1:37pm Thu 22 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Thanks Kryten. Me too!
Thanks Kryten. Me too! Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: 7

2:10pm Thu 22 May 14

Olak12 says...

After voting for Dorothy in the last 3 elections I have finally decided to vote UKIP. Dorothy has lied about the hospital and cynically used the promise of a new hospital for Watford to build a huge housing estate whilst destroying the little green space (which are the allotments) in West Watford. I now discover that there is no new hospital - only (perhaps) some extra facilities tagged onto the existing buildings. It seems to me that Watford will be getting the worst of all worlds - a huge new estate, the loss of green space, the same hospital with perhaps if we are lucky some upgraded facilities. It also seems to me that these facts have had to be dragged out of Dorothy - where is the openness, where is the honesty? At least UKIP are proposing to hold fire on the building of this estate until the viability of funds for a brand new hospital are properly evaluated and then want to build the estate around the new hospital whilst protecting green space. Mr Cox is also the only politician who has taken anti-racist action by personally removing the racist posters in West Watford and reporting the matter to the police for investigation. The other parties condemned the posters but did not have the gumption to do anything about it themselves. Preferring I think to use them for their own political ends. I am fed up with dishonest politicians and that is why I will vote UKIP today.
After voting for Dorothy in the last 3 elections I have finally decided to vote UKIP. Dorothy has lied about the hospital and cynically used the promise of a new hospital for Watford to build a huge housing estate whilst destroying the little green space (which are the allotments) in West Watford. I now discover that there is no new hospital - only (perhaps) some extra facilities tagged onto the existing buildings. It seems to me that Watford will be getting the worst of all worlds - a huge new estate, the loss of green space, the same hospital with perhaps if we are lucky some upgraded facilities. It also seems to me that these facts have had to be dragged out of Dorothy - where is the openness, where is the honesty? At least UKIP are proposing to hold fire on the building of this estate until the viability of funds for a brand new hospital are properly evaluated and then want to build the estate around the new hospital whilst protecting green space. Mr Cox is also the only politician who has taken anti-racist action by personally removing the racist posters in West Watford and reporting the matter to the police for investigation. The other parties condemned the posters but did not have the gumption to do anything about it themselves. Preferring I think to use them for their own political ends. I am fed up with dishonest politicians and that is why I will vote UKIP today. Olak12
  • Score: 8

3:20pm Thu 22 May 14

TRT says...

The only thing holding me back from voting for Phil was the thought that it could split the labour vote, but I remembered just this morning thanks to the WO article, that the Mayoral vote is a preference vote, so I can vote for Phil and put a second preference of Labour. They are the only two parties with manifesto pledges to wait for the Trust review before putting spades in the ground. Though it is interesting to note that the CRL must be bridged before the line is operating or the costs will go up ten fold.
The only thing holding me back from voting for Phil was the thought that it could split the labour vote, but I remembered just this morning thanks to the WO article, that the Mayoral vote is a preference vote, so I can vote for Phil and put a second preference of Labour. They are the only two parties with manifesto pledges to wait for the Trust review before putting spades in the ground. Though it is interesting to note that the CRL must be bridged before the line is operating or the costs will go up ten fold. TRT
  • Score: 2

3:22pm Thu 22 May 14

TRT says...

It's diabolical, by the way, that this has become, for me, a single issue mayoral election. It's why I welcome Phil's pledged reforms regarding electorate engagement on projects or issues where there is even a significant minority with concerns.
It's diabolical, by the way, that this has become, for me, a single issue mayoral election. It's why I welcome Phil's pledged reforms regarding electorate engagement on projects or issues where there is even a significant minority with concerns. TRT
  • Score: 3

7:58pm Thu 22 May 14

Nascot says...

I am being flooded with texts this morning, I don't even know who most of them are from.

Me too, but I've never even bought PPI.
I am being flooded with texts this morning, I don't even know who most of them are from. Me too, but I've never even bought PPI. Nascot
  • Score: 5

10:47pm Thu 22 May 14

TRT says...

I simply couldn't bring myself to vote for a UKIP candidate. I read the national manifesto, and I couldn't agree with it. There was too much I simply don't agree with.
I simply couldn't bring myself to vote for a UKIP candidate. I read the national manifesto, and I couldn't agree with it. There was too much I simply don't agree with. TRT
  • Score: 4

10:14am Fri 23 May 14

TRT says...

Hang on, hang on... I've just realised... this isn't instant run off voting... this is some bastardised version of it where only the top two remain in the game and the rest of the votes are redistributed IF they have one of the top two as second preference. Surely that can't be right?
Hang on, hang on... I've just realised... this isn't instant run off voting... this is some bastardised version of it where only the top two remain in the game and the rest of the votes are redistributed IF they have one of the top two as second preference. Surely that can't be right? TRT
  • Score: -1

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