Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Election results for 2019

    Elected in 2019
    Total
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    8
    23
    -3
    Elected in 2019
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    5
    13
    -1
    Elected in 2019
    Total
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    5
    12
    +4

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District councils get more of government share of money

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Councils across Beds, Herts and Bucks have received details of their latest round of emergency funding from the government to help deal with the pandemic.

In the second £1.6bn handout, Luton Council, which has said the shutdown at Luton Airport will leave them with a £45m shortfall, will get a further £5.8m, which is a slight increase.

Hertfordshire County Council is getting less this time around and the government has said this payment is not ring-fenced for adult social care like the first round of funding, so the council could spend it on whatever it wants.

After the first allocation, there were concerns from district councils that they had missed out, having arguably lost more since the start of the pandemic because they get a lot of funds from car park charges and revenue from leisure centres that are currently closed.

This time, the districts have got a much larger share, some having gone from thousands to more than £1m.

  • Bedford Borough: £4.7m - up £600,000
  • Broxbourne Borough: £958,000 - up £917,000
  • Bucks Unitary Authority*: £14.9m - up £4.5m
  • Central Beds: £7.9m - up £2.4m
  • Dacorum District: £1.5m - up £1,447,000
  • East Herts District: £1.4m - up £1,353,000
  • Herts County Council: £21.7m - down £4.4m
  • Hertsmere Borough: £1m - up £953,000
  • Luton Borough: £5.8m - up £400,000
  • Milton Keynes Borough: £7.4m - up £1.4m
  • North Herts District: £1.3m - up £1,252,000
  • St Albans City and District: £1.4m - up £1,356,000
  • Stevenage Borough: £871,000 - up £826,000
  • Three Rivers District: £920,000 - up £885,000
  • Watford Borough: £959,000 - up £909,000
  • Welwyn Hatfield Borough: £1.2m - £1,149,000

* the Bucks Unitary Authority replaced Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Vale DC, Chiltern DC, South Bucks DC and Wycombe DC on 1 April.

'Tories take a hit while Lib Dems gain ground'

Ben Schofield

Political Reporter, BBC Look East

With more councils being declared, two trends are emerging: the Conservatives taking a hit and the Liberal Democrats gaining ground.

In Welwyn Hatfield the Conservatives are now two short of a majority, having previously controlled the council by a whisker. The Lib Dems saw their seat tally here increase from eight to 12.

The Tories kept firm hold of East Hertfordshire Council, albeit with a reduced majority. The Lib Dems here have seen their ranks swell from just one councillor to six.

Little changed in Labour-held Stevenage and Luton.

The Green Party have two new seats in East Hertfordshire,

Not a good night for Tories in Herts and Beds

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

We're not even halfway there with the results yet, but 3 May is not a great day to be waking up as a Conservative in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Although they've held on to Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Dacorum and East Herts councils, they've lost overall control of both Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans, where Tory Leader Alec Campbell has lost his seat.

The Lib Dems have been the biggest benefactors from all of this, gaining more than 20 seats, while Labour have held Luton and Stevenage.

Friday's counts include all of Central Beds, Bedford's Mayoral election and a third of Milton Keynes Council, where the Tories are defending 12 seats.

And that means the day could yet get worse for the Conservatives.

Tories lose control of Welwyn Hatfield

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has moved to No Overall Control as the Conservatives lost power.

The Tories lost two seats to the Lib Dems, who also took two seats from Labour.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council: No Overall Control gain

The Conservatives have lost power in Welwyn Hatfield as the council goes to No Overall Control.

Hertfordshire: Counts continue around the county

All 10 lower-tier councils in Hertfordshire have had ballots.

In Welwyn Hatfield, a third of councillors are standing - that's 18 seats. The Conservatives currently hold power but the council nearly went to no overall control in 2018.

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In Hertsmere, the whole council is up for election with the Tories expected to retain power.

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Hertfordshire: Polls held for 10 councils

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

There have been no county council elections this year but all 10 lower-tier councils in Hertfordshire - the districts and the boroughs - have had ballots on Thursday.

In Dacorum, East Herts and Hertsmere, everybody is up for election, while a third of all councillors are standing in the other seven authorities: Broxbourne, North Herts, St Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford and Welwyn Hatfield.

St Albans District Council
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The Conservatives run seven of the 10 authorities, with the Liberal Democrats in charge of Three Rivers and Watford, and Labour responsible for Stevenage.

The Tories are expected to hold Dacorum, East Herts, Hertsmere, Broxbourne and North Herts, while Labour should hold on to Stevenage and Watford is likely to stay Lib Dem.

But Welwyn nearly went to no overall control in 2018 and St Albans could also be interesting. There the Conservatives are defending 14 seats but have a majority of 12.

Three Rivers could go to no overall control, although the Tories are defending lots of seats.