Election results: Labour gain seats in St Albans

Election results: Labour gain seats in St Albans

Election results: Labour gain seats in St Albans

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Labour has made a political breakthrough in St Albans by winning two seats in yesterday’s county council election.

Although the Liberal Democrats gained the majority of the seats, the loudest cheers came as Labour candidates were named victorious.

Roma Mills took St Albans North and with 1487 votes and Dreda Gordon gained the Colneys seat with 1235 votes.

Both seats were snatched from the Liberal Democrats.

Councillor Mills said: “I was very pleased with the outcome.

“I had a very good reaction on the doorstep and that was reflected in the vote.

“An awful lot of work goes into this.

“There was a very good and happy atmosphere for Labour on the night.”

The Liberal Democrats held seats in Sandridge, St Albans Central, St Albans South and St. Stephens.

Sandy Walkington was named as the new representative for St Albans South with 35.7 per cent.

He said: “I’m enormously honoured. It is a fabulous division to represent.

“It is a really encouraging for Liberal Democrats in St Albans.

“We won six out of eight seats. It was ghastly for the Conservatives.”

As well as holding both Harpenden seats, the Conservatives retained one seat in St Albans.

Conservative Maxine Crawley held St Albans Rural seat with a 50 per cent majority with 1802 votes.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted. I’m just thankful to the electorate for having trust in me.

“I’m really looking forward to another four years.

“It is really nice when you work hard for four years that people are happy with what you have done.

“I’m really happy with the result. I just really like being a councillor.

“I was surprised at how many votes UKIP got. They did surprisingly well across the district.

“I think we would have won at least three more seats if it wasn’t for them.”

Although UKIP did not gain any seats in St Albans, they received 12 per cent of all the votes cast across the St Albans district.

Their highest vote count came in St Stephens, where Peter Whitehead won 951 votes.

The Greens were also unable to secure a seat on the night despite having candidates in the running for every seat.

Jack Easton, who lost out to Liberal Democrat Chris White for the St Albans Central seat, said: “I’m pleased that lots of Green voters showed out but I’m disappointed there weren’t enough to put a dent in.

“The reaction on the doorstep was very good and convinced me it was an even race.

“The sustainability agenda will never go away. We will keep fighting. We are here for the long haul.”

The elections saw a turnout of 35.4 per cent, with 37,652 people visiting the polling station, compared to 45.5 per cent in 2009.

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3:37pm Mon 6 May 13

Relco72 says...

Hardly surprising given the number of immigrants living in St Albans now
Hardly surprising given the number of immigrants living in St Albans now Relco72
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3:36pm Wed 8 May 13

Azaleaman says...

What exactly are you implying Relco72?
What exactly are you implying Relco72? Azaleaman
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5:25pm Thu 9 May 13

lovffc says...

May be relco it is because they are fed up of the torie scum and the libs who will do whatever they can to get votes then back track.
May be relco it is because they are fed up of the torie scum and the libs who will do whatever they can to get votes then back track. lovffc
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8:11pm Thu 9 May 13

Relco72 says...

Azaleaman,
I'm not implying anything I'm just stating fact.

lovffc, I doubt very much the immigrants would have voted tory or limp dhimmiprat in the first place,
Azaleaman, I'm not implying anything I'm just stating fact. lovffc, I doubt very much the immigrants would have voted tory or limp dhimmiprat in the first place, Relco72
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2:04pm Fri 10 May 13

crazy cyclist says...

We need some new parties, and I don't mean those UKIP idiots either. All the politicians have let the country down in many ways, immigration, financial crisis, wars etc etc. There should be a new party in place to oust these tired old ones and bring in some fresh new ideas.
maybee give lib dems a chance to run the country?????
We need some new parties, and I don't mean those UKIP idiots either. All the politicians have let the country down in many ways, immigration, financial crisis, wars etc etc. There should be a new party in place to oust these tired old ones and bring in some fresh new ideas. maybee give lib dems a chance to run the country????? crazy cyclist
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