Lib Dems retain control of Three Rivers

Three Rivers political map following today's election count.

Three Rivers political map following today's election count.

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The Liberal Democrats retained control of Three Rivers with a slightly reduced majority following the all-out elections.

This year’s elections saw all 39 seats on the district council up for grabs, with three representatives being selected from each ward.

The changes to the ward boundaries meant the council dropped from 20 wards to 13, losing nine seats in the process.

At the close of the count, the Liberal Democrats secured 23 seats, the Conservatives 13 and Labour three, leaving the ruling party with a majority of seven. The Lib Dems had a majority of eight seats under the old political regime.

The three main political parties had a clean sweep in all wards bar one; Oxhey Hall and Hayling.

The Liberal Democrats dominated Abbots Langley and Bedmond, Chorleywood South and Maple Cross, Dickinsons, Durrants, Gade Valley, Leavesden and Penn and Mill End.

The Conservatives had a clean sweep in Carpenders Park, Chorleywood North and Sarratt, Moor Park and Eastbury and Rickmansworth.

Concerns were raised by the Labour group after the redrawing of the boundaries, which had the potential to be most damaging to the smallest of the main parties in the district.

All of Labours three seats were gained in South Oxhey.

Despite a strong showing on the ballot list from the UK Independence Party, they failed to grab any seats in the district.

Oxhey Hall and Hayling was the last of the wards to be announced and tension was high at the count amongst party leaders.

The ward became the only ward to split its support, with the Liberal Democrats taking two seats and the Conservatives taking one.

Leader of the council, Ann Shaw, who was standing in Chorleywood South and Maple Cross, said: "Obviously we are absolutely delighted because it is against the national trend. We held our majority, we had excellent candidates and we have a good record and worked very hard and I think it shows that the local residents appreciate that."

Speaking about her feelings during the count, Councillor Shaw said she was nervous, adding: "We never take anything for granted. All you can do is work as hard as you possibly can and hope you get the right result."

Ralph Sangster, leader of the district’s Conservative group, said: "I feel exhausted. We have worked really hard in the last few weeks and I think that everyone has put in a great show. We’ve narrowed the gap which is what we wanted to do. We are a bit disappointed in Oxhey Hall; we were hoping to take all three, but we got one, and I think that gives us a lot of opportunity in that particular area.

"The closeness in the Oxhey Hall had us all a little bit on edge and we are pleased that we were not over whelmed by a swing to the UKIP votes.

"We were a little bit concerned in Penn and Mill End where there seemed to be a bit of a surge in the sampling that we did yesterday but at the end of the day they didn’t figure as highly as we were anticipating."

Abbots Langley and Bedmond

CandidatePartyVotes
Matthew Bedford - WinnerLiberal Democrat989
Sara Bedford - WinnerLiberal Democrat1048
Taylor BryantConservative446
Adam CadooLabour187
Lee FarrellUK Independence Party439
Margaret LambertConservative408
David Major - WinnerLiberal Democrat862
Ahmad-Said NamdarkhanLabour227
Andrew O'BrienConservative406
Mandy ShumakeLabour224

Carpenders Park

CandidatePartyVotes
Eric Bishop - WinnerConservative1065
Mary ConnollyLiberal Democrat749
Terry Dos Ramos - WinnerConservative962
Paul GordonLabour357
Pam HamesLiberal Democrat846
Pamela KingLabour365
Thomas KingstonLiberal Democrat621
Angela Roberts - WinnerConservative944
Don WilkinsonLabour311

Chorleywood North and Sarratt

CandidatePartyVotes
Marilyn Butler - WinnerConservative1367
Tony EdwardsLiberal Democrat348
Barbara GreenLiberal Democrat398
Alex Hayward - WinnerConservative1422
Vesper HunterUK Independence Party407
Heather Kenison - WinnerConservative1295
Michael KingLabour131
Greg ShumakeLabour124
Lyn SutherlandLiberal Democrat292
Barbara WoolnerLabour112

Chorleywood South and Maple Cross

CandidatePartyVotes
Richard BoothUK Independence Party431
Fiona GobleLabour226
Angela KillickConservative830
Geoffrey LileyConservative729
Ann Shaw - WinnerLiberal Democrat1196
Sue Stibbs - WinnerLiberal Democrat1106
Martin Trevett - WinnerLiberal Democrat1216
William WaiteLabour139
David WilliamsLabour203
Jackie WorrallConservative727

Dickinsons

CandidatePartyVotes
Rupert BarnesConservative672
Wendy BenatarConservative529
Philip Brading - WinnerLiberal Democrat1018
Margaret GallagherLabour378
Peter Getkahn - WinnerLiberal Democrat866
Ian HolmesLabour278
Wendy Jordan - WinnerLiberal Democrat858
Jussie KaurConservative529
David Wynne-JonesLabour353

Durrants

CandidatePartyVotes
Showky AkhbariLabour119
Michelle BassConservative492
Frank BrandUK Independence Party562
Steve Drury - WinnerLiberal Democrat1104
Christine JeffordConservative451
Sarah LinhartLabour207
Christopher Lloyd - WinnerLiberal Democrat1023
Brendan O'BrienLabour169
Alison Wall - WinnerLiberal Democrat875

Gade Valley

CandidatePartyVotes
Robert HarperConservative425
Philip LockettLabour322
Joy Mann - WinnerLiberal Democrat773
Bruce ProchnikLabour298
Leslie ProctorConservative386
Maureen SedlacekLabour292
Martin ThomasConservative354
Chris Whately-Smith - WinnerLiberal Democrat779
Keith Williams - WinnerLiberal Democrat688

Leavesden

CandidatePartyVotes
David BennettUK Independence Party389
Martin Brooks - WinnerLiberal Democrat838
Susan ClarkConservative354
Joanne CoxLabour216
Stephen Giles-Medhurst - WinnerLiberal Democrat828
Colin GrayLabour199
Larry RachConservative229
John SedlacekLabour150
Richard ShattockTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition58
Hitesh TailorConservative230
Kate Turner - WinnerLiberal Democrat771

Moor Park and Eastbury

CandidatePartyVotes
David HadleyLabour155
Gabriel AitmanLiberal Democrat168
Jeremy AsquithLiberal Democrat208
Kemal Butt - WinnerConservative1258
Yessica GouldUK Independence Party239
Debbie Morris - WinnerConservative1200
Jayshree RadiaLabour167
Mannargudi RamLabour126
Reena Ranger - WinnerConservative1166
Abdul VayaniLiberal Democrat137

Oxhey Hall and Hayling

CandidatePartyVotes
Irene AbleConservative512
Diane DayUK Independence Party490
Ty Harris - WinnerConservative550
Joan KingLabour503
Stephen KingLabour477
John KylesConservative517
Michael MatthewsonUK Independence Party465
James McEwanLabour429
Phil RedshawLiberal Democrat511
Alison Scarth - WinnerLiberal Democrat612
Andrew Scarth - WinnerLiberal Democrat561

Penn and Mill End

CandidatePartyVotes
Diana BarberConservative532
Matt DoughtyLabour207
Hayley JohnsonLabour253
Nick JordanLabour221
Raj Khiroya - WinnerLiberal Democrat595
Sarah Nelmes - WinnerLiberal Democrat673
David RawConservative516
Roger Seabourne - WinnerLiberal Democrat609
Cathy StaceyUK Independence Party468
Richard StaceyUK Independence Party442
Nigel StewartConservative377

Rickmansworth Town

CandidatePartyVotes
Graham DaleLabour342
Felix GillLabour329
Paula Hiscocks - WinnerConservative1290
Pat HowellLiberal Democrat597
Tony HumphreysLiberal Democrat494
Bob MountainLabour321
Ralph Sangster - WinnerConservative1167
David Sansom - WinnerConservative1178
Jill SwainsonLiberal Democrat523

South Oxhey

CandidatePartyVotes
David BenatarConservative379
Stephen Cox - WinnerLabour709
Graham DenmanConservative370
Geoff DunneLiberal Democrat175
Paul SalterLiberal Democrat183
Richard JosephLiberal Democrat151
Marie-Louise Nolan - WinnerLabour717
Mary SangsterConservative183
Len Tippen - WinnerLabour722

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7:07pm Fri 23 May 14

cgpc Rob says...

Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers!
Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers! cgpc Rob
  • Score: -4

6:13am Sat 24 May 14

bishopofwatford says...

cgpc Rob wrote:
Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers!
No blue rinsed Ricky then?
[quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers![/p][/quote]No blue rinsed Ricky then? bishopofwatford
  • Score: 1

7:09am Sat 24 May 14

cgpc Rob says...

bishopofwatford wrote:
cgpc Rob wrote:
Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers!
No blue rinsed Ricky then?
Who ever said it would?


The Lib/dems over boundary changes lost 5 cllrs, labour 3, independent 1,

Should TRDC merge with Dacorum/Hertsmere and save residents money?
[quote][p][bold]bishopofwatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers![/p][/quote]No blue rinsed Ricky then?[/p][/quote]Who ever said it would? The Lib/dems over boundary changes lost 5 cllrs, labour 3, independent 1, Should TRDC merge with Dacorum/Hertsmere and save residents money? cgpc Rob
  • Score: -5

7:26am Sat 24 May 14

bishopofwatford says...

cgpc Rob wrote:
bishopofwatford wrote:
cgpc Rob wrote:
Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers!
No blue rinsed Ricky then?
Who ever said it would?


The Lib/dems over boundary changes lost 5 cllrs, labour 3, independent 1,

Should TRDC merge with Dacorum/Hertsmere and save residents money?
The logical merger would be with Watford.

Exactly how many layers of elected representatives do we need?

Parish

District

County

Westminster

Euro

Commisioner

All the above cost .

Exactly what do we get for our money?
[quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bishopofwatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers![/p][/quote]No blue rinsed Ricky then?[/p][/quote]Who ever said it would? The Lib/dems over boundary changes lost 5 cllrs, labour 3, independent 1, Should TRDC merge with Dacorum/Hertsmere and save residents money?[/p][/quote]The logical merger would be with Watford. Exactly how many layers of elected representatives do we need? Parish District County Westminster Euro Commisioner All the above cost . Exactly what do we get for our money? bishopofwatford
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Sat 24 May 14

cgpc Rob says...

Why just Watford, TRDC has 85000 residents, as for all the tiers and what do we get, in the case of CGPC, not a lot, replication in the main of what TRDC can do!
Why just Watford, TRDC has 85000 residents, as for all the tiers and what do we get, in the case of CGPC, not a lot, replication in the main of what TRDC can do! cgpc Rob
  • Score: -1

6:20pm Sat 24 May 14

cgpc Rob says...

cgpc Rob wrote:
Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers!
Who doesn't want the answer, libdem supporters?
[quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers![/p][/quote]Who doesn't want the answer, libdem supporters? cgpc Rob
  • Score: 0

6:51am Tue 27 May 14

bishopofwatford says...

cgpc Rob wrote:
cgpc Rob wrote:
Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers!
Who doesn't want the answer, libdem supporters?
I disagree .

There are lies , damned lies and statistics.....it is amazing what accountants
can do.heaven knows there are more of them in this country than doctors and engineers combined.

I know who i would trust and it is not one of the over 300,000 certified or chartered individuals!
[quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: Will the Libdems explain where the £4.4 million loss over the William Penn debacle will come from, will it be from us, the council tax payers![/p][/quote]Who doesn't want the answer, libdem supporters?[/p][/quote]I disagree . There are lies , damned lies and statistics.....it is amazing what accountants can do.heaven knows there are more of them in this country than doctors and engineers combined. I know who i would trust and it is not one of the over 300,000 certified or chartered individuals! bishopofwatford
  • Score: 0

7:44am Tue 27 May 14

cgpc Rob says...

If there are 85000 residents in TRDC, thats £52 per person and possibly £110 per residency.

When do we as the electorate get the right to vote on chief execs and the top brass of councils!
If there are 85000 residents in TRDC, thats £52 per person and possibly £110 per residency. When do we as the electorate get the right to vote on chief execs and the top brass of councils! cgpc Rob
  • Score: 0

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