Watford Observer: Elections

Welcome to the Watford Observer's 2014 election coverage. Here you will find all the news leading up to polling day on May 22.

For an easy guide to voting in your area, click here.

For candidate profiles and live results of the local elections, click here.

For live results of the town's mayoral election, click here.

The 8 most meaningless local election pledges of 2014

Watford Observer: The 8 most meaningless local election pledges in 2014

4:53pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

Manifesto writing is a fine art of making stirring promises that also leave politicians acres of wriggle room.

6 things we learned from the Watford Mayoral Hustings

Watford Observer: 6 things we learned from the Watford Mayoral Hustings

3:20pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

When the four candidates vying to be Watford’s elected mayor on Friday met for the first hustings they clashed on number of key issues in the town.

Video: Mayoral election candidate profile - Phil Cox

Watford Observer: 'We won't move hospital' says UKIP candidate

5:20pm Monday 19th May 2014

The UK Independence Party’s candidate, Phil Cox, makes his pitch to Watford voters to persuade them to make him mayor on Thursday.

Video: Mayoral election candidate profile - Linda Topping

Watford Observer: Conservative mayoral candidate unveiled

5:10pm Monday 19th May 2014

Conservative mayoral candidate, Linda Topping, tells people in Watford why they should make a mark next her name on Thursday.

Video: Mayoral election candidate profile - Jagtar Singh Dhindsa

Watford Observer: Jagtar Singh Dhindsa was chosen on Thursday as the party’s candidate for the race in May.

4:40pm Monday 19th May 2014

Labour councillor, Jagtar Singh Dhindsa, explains why Watford residents should vote him in as mayor on Thursday.

Video: Mayoral election candidate profile - Mayor Dorothy Thornhill

Watford Observer: Mayor Dorothy Thornhill praised the move by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust as proof it had listened to the public.

4:10pm Monday 19th May 2014

Watford’s mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, talks about why voters should put her in charge of town hall for a fourth time.

Linda Topping: promises to axe the borough’s political and administrative costs

Watford Observer: Conservative mayoral candidate unveiled

3:46pm Monday 19th May 2014

The Watford Conservative mayoral candidate has pledged to take an axe to the borough’s political and administrative costs if elected on Thursday.

Hertsmere Borough Council: better bus routes, improved parking and the introduction of solar panels on council buildings pledged by politicians

Watford Observer: Clock-change could affect streetlights...again

4:40pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Better bus routes, improved parking and the introduction of solar panels on council buildings are among the pledges political parties are promising Bushey voters in the upcoming local elections.

Three Rivers District Council: Free sandbags, more grammar schools and better bus services promised by candidates

Watford Observer: Do you recognise these women? CCTV released following handbag thefts

4:20pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Free sandbags, more grammar schools and better bus services are just some of the pledges from Three Rivers candidates battling to gain control of the council.

Watford mayoral candidates to debate key issues at hustings event

Watford Observer: Mayor Dorothy Thornhill praised the move by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust as proof it had listened to the public.

1:40pm Thursday 15th May 2014

The four candidates battling to be Watford’s elected mayor will be debating the key issues at a hustings next week.

Phil Cox: manifesto promises to cap council officials’ pay, roll back parking restrictions and introduce office of Common Sense

Watford Observer: 'We won't move hospital' says UKIP candidate

4:50pm Friday 9th May 2014

UK Independence Party is promising to cap council officials’ pay, roll back parking restrictions and introduce an office of Common Sense if they capture Watford’s mayoralty.

Jagtar Singh Dhindsa: free bulky collections, more dog bins and a crackdown on vacant flats in manifesto

Watford Observer: Jagtar Singh Dhindsa was chosen on Thursday as the party’s candidate for the race in May.

4:30pm Friday 9th May 2014

Labour is promising to bring back free bulky collections, more dog bins and a crackdown on vacant flats, if it wins the Watford mayoralty.

Dorothy Thornhill: manifesto promises wifi, spruced up car parks and more taxi ranks

Watford Observer: Mayor Dorothy Thornhill praised the move by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust as proof it had listened to the public.

4:10pm Friday 9th May 2014

A new wifi area in the town centre, spruced up car parks and more taxi ranks are among Mayor Dorothy Thornhill’s promises for the Watford if returned for another term.

Watford mayor refuses to be 'bullied' into ruling out 2015 Westminster bid

Watford Observer: Mayor Dorothy Thornhill praised the move by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust as proof it had listened to the public.

4:10pm Thursday 1st May 2014

Watford’s mayor has refused to clarify whether she will complete her fourth term if re-elected or if she will stand for MP next year, following a challenge from a political opponent.

Watford Borough Council: UKIP and Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts party beef up presence

Watford Observer: Malcolm Meerabux will fight for re-election to the borough council as an independent

2:50pm Thursday 1st May 2014

The UK Independence Party and Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts party have beefed up their presence in Watford ahead of the local elections.

Hertsmere Borough Council announces election candidates

Watford Observer: Do you recognise these women? CCTV released following handbag thefts

4:22pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

Details of the candidates nominated for the forthcoming local elections have been published.

Three Rivers District Council: boundary changes mean every seat is up for grabs at election

Watford Observer: Three Rivers District Council: boundary changes mean every seat is up for grabs at election

11:07am Wednesday 30th April 2014

Changes in Three Rivers’s ward boundaries will see every seat at the district council up for grabs at next month’s election.

Candidates named in battle for Watford Mayoral office

Watford Observer: Mayor Dorothy Thornhill praised the move by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust as proof it had listened to the public.

11:50am Monday 28th April 2014

The battle to be Watford’s elected mayor will be a four-way affair, it has emerged after final candidate list was released.




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