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ELECTIONS 2024: Labour suffer losses on Watford council as Lib Dems boost their majority

 Published on: 3rd May 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The full results for the 2024 elections on Watford Town Council have come through, and they make grim reading for the local Labour Party.

Of the 12 seats up for grabs in yesterday’s vote (Thursday, May 2), all but one were taken by the Liberal Demcorats, strengthening their majority to 30 seats on a 36-seat council.

The lone Labour victory was for councillor Nigel Bell, who comfortably reclaimed his Holywell seat. Elsewhere, Labour’s former seats in the Callowland, Leggatts and Vicarage wards that were available in this election were taken from them by the Lib Dems, reducing the Labour opposition members to just six, a sixth of the entire council.

The Vicarage ward change is particularly notable, as until now it has been in Labour’s control since 2007.

No other parties were victorious, though several new individuals were elected to council seats for the first time, including councillor Gabriel Duduta, who becomes Watford’s first Romanian-born councillor.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, posted on social media: “Amazing results in Watford – we won 11 of 12 seats, gaining three seats from Labour. We now have 30 councillors, our most ever!

“Thank you to every person who put their trust in the Watford Lib Dems team.”

Photo Credit: Mayor Peter Taylor

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