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Live: St Albans City and District Council elections
This live event has finished
- The counting staff have sat down in the Batchwood Sports Centre hall
- The verification process has begun
- Results are now being announced
That's it, the elections are now over. For full analysis check the St Albans Review website tomorrow.
Labour councillor Roma Mills said: "I am very pleased. I am very encouraged by the result.
"To have 48 per cent of the vote - it shows that I am doing the right things.
"I think it is reassuring to know that what I am doing is being recognised by the residents of Batchwood.
"I hope to continue working with people to improve the ward and the way people live in the ward.
"It is exciting."
Conservative councillor, Teresa Heritage said: "I am really, really pleased.
"We are looking forward to taking control of the council behind the strong leadership of Julian Daly."
Lib Dem leader Chris White said: “We are quite surprised to retain our seats despite the suggestion by national media.
“We are now just two down with a small minority in Sopwell and St Peters. We knew both of them would be difficult. We were three down, lost two and have gained one.
“Slightly surprised Tories took a hold over St Peters but I guess you have to learn that is what will happen when residents vote Green, they will get a Tory councillor."
As it stands:
Conservative - 29
Liberal Democrats - 17
Labour - 10
Green - 1
Independent - 1
Harpenden East: Mary Maynard, Conservative, wins.
|Mary Maynard - Winner||Conservative||966|
|Rosemary Ross||Labour and Co-Operative||273|
|Mike Waddilove||Liberal Democrat||278|
Sopwell: Iain Grant, Labour, takes Lib Dem David Poor's seat after a recount
|Iain Grant - Winner||Labour||840|
|Kate Metcalf||Green Party||166|
|Greg Peachey||UK Independence Party||306|
|David Poor||Liberal Democrat||808|
St Stephen: Sue Featherstone, Conservative, will serve for four years, Dave Winstone, Conservative, for one year.
|Alison Ross||Liberal Democrat||492|
|David Parry||Liberal Democrat||513|
|Lesley Baker||Green Party||197|
|Sue Featherstone - Winner||Conservative||1340|
|Dave Winstone - Winner||Conservative||923|
|Pete Whitehead||UK Independence Party||618|
|James Hopkins||Liberal Democrat||162|
London Colney: Katherine Gardner, Labour, wins a seat from Simon Calder, Conservative.
|Katherine Gardner - Winner||Labour||1066|
|David Kilpatrick||UK Independence Party||502|
|Margaret Price||Liberal Democrat||126|
|William Simmons||Green Party||124|
Harpenden South: Teresa Heritage, Conservative, holds.
|Teresa Heritage - Winner||Conservative||1565|
|Maria Moyses||Liberal Democrat||275|
Ashley: Anthony Rowlands, Lib Dem, holds.
|Mike George||Green Party||177|
|Michael Mason||UK Independence Party||244|
|Anthony Rowlands - Winner||Liberal Democrat||1131|
Verulam: Edgar Hill, Lib Dem, wins.
|Margaret Grover||Green Party||213|
|Edgar Hill - Winner||Liberal Democrat||1018|
|Paul Tilyard||UK Independence Party||311|
Park Street: Aislinn Lee, Lib Dem, holds.
|Roger Gray||UK Independence Party||493|
|Aislinn Lee - Winner||Liberal Democrat||976|
|Martin McGrath||Labour and Co-Operative||228|
|Rosalind Paul||Green Party||85|
Wheathampstead: Annie Brewster will serve for 4 years, Sandra Wood for 1 year.
|Annie Brewster - Winner||Conservative||1445|
|Harriet Sherlock||Liberal Democrat||449|
|Ian Troughton||Green Party||332|
|Sandra Wood - Winner||Conservative||1103|
St Peters: Alun Davies, Conservative, takes Lib Dem Michael Green's seat. The first loss of the election.
|Daragh Cahalane||UK Independence Party||159|
|Alun Davies - Winner||Conservative||667|
|Michael Green||Liberal Democrat||624|
|Jill Mills||Green Party||616|
Sopwell ward is going to be recounted.
Marshalswick North: Tom Clegg, Lib Dem, holds.
|Tom Clegg - Winner||Liberal Democrat||803|
|Claire Gilbert||Green Party||162|
|Michael Hollins||UK Independence Party||380|
Nobody has lost their seat yet.
Redbourn: Victoria Mead, Conservative, wins.
|Lydia El-Khouri||Green Party||168|
|Victoria Mead - Winner||Conservative||1194|
|Michael Morton||Liberal Democrat||189|
Clarence: Gerard McHale, Lib Dem, holds.
|Jack Easton||Green Party||367|
|Keith Hussey||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||14|
|Helen Ives Rose||Labour||483|
|Gerard McHale - Winner||Liberal Democrat||764|
|Beverley Rands||UK Independence Party||145|
Batchwood: Roma Mills, Labour, holds.
|Colin Donald||UK Independence Party||272|
|Lee Evans||Green Party||163|
|Jon Humphrey||Liberal Democrat||219|
|Roma Mills - Winner||Labour||1130|
Harpenden North: Conservative Geoffrey Turner holds.
|Geoffrey Turner - Winner||Conservative||902|
|Pauline Waddilove||Liberal Democrat||224|
Marshalswick South: Seema Kennedy wins.
|David Dickson||UK Independence Party||232|
|Seema Kennedy - Winner||Conservative||972|
|Mark Pedroz||Liberal Democrat||486|
|Katherine Reeve||Green Party||258|
Cunningham: Robert Prowse, Lib Dem, holds.
|Rob Prowse - Winner||Liberal Democrat||701|
|Alan Malin||UK Independence Party||400|
|Gregory Riener||Green Party||143|
Colney Heath: Jamie Day, Lib Dem, holds.
|Steve Clough||Green Party||104|
|Jamie Day - Winner||Liberal Democrat||751|
|Christopher Thorpe||UK Independence Party||339|
Harpenden West: Conservative Julian Daly holds
|Julian Daly - Winner||Conservative||1599|
|David Lawlor||Labour and Co-Operative||364|
|Jeffrey Phillips||Liberal Democrat||402|
Sandridge result: Conservative Beric Read holds.
|Sheila Clegg||Liberal Democrat||248|
|Paul Quinn||Green Party||149|
|Beric Read - Winner||Conservative||770|
|John Stocker||UK Independence Party||304|
Conservative Julian Daly was tight-lipped about his predictions.
The district council verification has now begun.
This year's European election turnout was 43.35 per cent, with 45,388 people casting their vote for the European Parliament.
Peter Whitehead, UKIP, said reaction had been positive on the doorstep and that he though early indications showed it was close between him and Conservatives in St Stephens ward.
When asked whether this was UKIP’s election, he replied “it is”.
Just heard we should be getting the first result in half an hour.
Chris White, leader of the Liberal Democrat party, said he was exhausted after a long day.
He added: "It's difficult to make predictions, some of our wards and three or four way marginals.
"We're pretty confident we've held on to Clarence Ward, and optomistic about potentially making a gain in Verulam."
Simon Grover, Green councillor for St Peters Ward, said he was feeling 'very excited' about the election result.
He added: "We had a good reaction on the doorstep during the campaign this year.
"We're confident about getting at least one more councillor, maybe two.
"I think the Conservatives may lose a couple of seats, maybe to Labour, UKIP might take some of their seats as well, so we could end up with a minority administration."
Of the seats contested at this election, ten are held by the Conservatives, nine by the Liberal Democrats, and one by Labour.
The two by-election seats in Wheathampstead and St Stephens were previously held by the Conservatives.
The council currently has 27 Conservative seats, 19 Liberal Democrats, eight Labour seats, one Green and one Independent.
No party holds an overall majority, so the result of today's election could tip the fine balance of the council.
There are 20 wards in the district, with 18 returning three councillors and two returning two councillors.
The European count is being verified before the local elections, but we won't find out the result until Sunday when the rest of the continent casts its votes.
Counting is under way.
The returning officer said the verifying will likely to be finished by 2am, and results will be announced from there on. Recounts will result in a delay, but we are likely to be here until 3.30am.
The counting has officially started.
Excessive licenses will be reduced to curb anti-social behaviour in St Albans if the Conservatives win the local elections.
The Conservative Party manifesto for the 2014 election states that if they were to win the election, they would continue to build affordable housing on 91 derelict garage sites and provide “temporary accommodation for homeless families.”
Plans outlined in the Conservative manifesto also revealed that the Town Hall will be extended to include a museum and gallery.
The Town Hall could be improved under Tory plans
A five year plan to combat the "housing crisis" in St Albans will be introduced if Labour wins the local elections.
The Labour Party told the St Albans & Harpenden Review that they would launch their flagship policy to tackle the "housing crisis" - "2020 vision", within the first 100 days of taking office.
With only one district councillor, Simon Grover, currently represented on the council, The Green Party has told the St Albans & Harpenden Review what they will offer city voters.
The Green Party pledged to introduce a 20mph limit in all residential streets, introduce an energy reduction officer and develop a zero-waste strategy for St Albans if they take control in the upcoming local elections.
The Lib Dems have told the St Albans & Harpenden Review they would revamp the St Albans Food and Drink Festival, bring more affordable housing, and a reduce street trader license fees.
The UK Independence Party is hoping to upset the finely weighted political balance at St Albans Council with a dramatically increased showing in the local elections.
The party will contest 16 wards out of 20. In 2012, the last round of St Albans council elections, the party only stood in two wards.
Here is the counting room where the ballot boxes will soon be opened.
There are 20 wards up for contention, Ashley, Batchwood, Clarence, Colney Heath, Cunningham, Harpenden East, Harpenden North, Harpenden South, Harpenden West, London Colney, Marshalswick North, Marshalswick South, Park Street, Redbourn, Sandridge, Sopwell, St Peters, St Stephen, Verulam, and Wheathampstead.
The St Albans and Harpenden Review will be covering the St Albans City and District Council elections live as the results come in.
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