Herts County Council Elections 2017: Disastrous night for Labour in Stevenage as they lose three of their five seats amid big Tory gains

PUBLISHED: 09:01 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:57 05 May 2017

2017 General Election: The Conservatives have gained this seat.

2017 General Election: The Conservatives have gained this seat.


It was a disastrous night for Stevenage Labour in the Herts County Council elections as they lost three of their five seats to the Conservatives, who also won a Stevenage Borough Council by-election off them.

In Broadwater, Shephall and St Nicholas divisions the Conservatives gained, ousting experienced party members Richard Henry and Jim Brown in the process.

Michelle Gardner was unable to hold the Broadwater seat for Labour, won by Tory Adam Mitchell.

The Conservatives’ other success stories in Shephall and St Nicholas were courtesy of Michael Hearn and Phil Bibby respectively.

The Lib Dems held their single seat, with Robin Parker winning by almost 1,000 votes in the Chells division.

It means that the only major Labour held area in North Herts is now controlled by the Tories, which dominate the county as a whole.

Labour held two Stevenage seats with Sharon Taylor – who is also standing in the upcoming General Election – elected in Bedwell and recently selected candidate Joshua Bennett taking the Old Stevenage seat.

The overall turnout in Stevenage was 33.8 per cent.

Check back here for reaction from the candidates later in the day.


Michelle Frith (Con) – 1277

Mark Gentleman (TUSC) – 53

Andy McGuinness (Lib Dem) – 179

Victoria Snelling (Green Party) – 145

Sharon Taylor (Lab) – 1735 ELECTED

TURNOUT: 10,739 (31.6 per cent)


Michelle Gardner (Lab) – 1445

Helen Kerr (TUSC) – 61

Adam Mitchell (Con) – 1834 ELECTED

Richard Warr (Green) – 132

Thomas Wren (Lib Dem) – 270

TURNOUT: 10,855 (34.7 per cent)

• Chells – LIB DEM HOLD

Roger Charles (TUSC) – 34

Matthew Hurst (Con) – 939

Marion Mason (UKIP) – 207

Robin Parker (Lib Dem) – 1920 ELECTED

Simon Speller (Lab) – 755

TURNOUT: 11,090 (34.8 per cent)

• Old Stevenage – LABOUR HOLD

Joshua Bennett Lovell (Lab) - 1552 ELECTED

Clive Hearmon (Lib Dem) - 232

Graham Lawrence (Con) - 1537

Elizabeth Sturges (Green) - 155

Marilyn Yarnold-Forrester (UKIP) - 253

TURNOUT: 10,386 (35.9 per cent)


Stephen Booth (Lib Dem) – 299

Jim Brown (Lab) – 1298

Michael Hearn (Con) – 1423 ELECTED

Mike Malocco (Green Party) – 128

Trevor Palmer (TUSC) – 66

TURNOUT: 10,466 (30.8 per cent)


Amo Amato (UKIP) – 189

Phil Bibby (Con) – 1601 ELECTED

Amber Gentleman (TUSC) – 37

Richard Henry (Lab) – 1395

Vicky Lovelace (Green) – 123

Graham Snell (Lib Dem) – 232

TURNOUT: 10,174 (35.2 per cent)

Stevenage Borough Council by-election:


Monika Cherney-Craw (Lab) – 714

Alexander Farquharson (Con) – 725 ELECTED

Helen Kerr (TUSC) – 25

Martin Malocco (Green) –87

Thomas Wren (Lib Dem) – 94

TURNOUT: 33.19 per cent

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