Lib Dems top the poll in St Albans County Elections


Liberal Democrats topped the poll in last Thursdays county council election with an increased number of votes, as well as gaining St Albans North from Labour, giving a strong boost ahead of next month’s general election. 

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Hard work and effort for the May 4 County Council Elections saw Charlotte Hogg elected as Councillor for St Albans North. She says: "I am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to represent the residents of St Albans North at County Council. The result came after a huge number of volunteers came forward to support our campaign - people are really engaged about the issues we are campaigning on; a better deal for St Albans from the County Council locally, and urgently avoiding the damage a Hard Brexit would do to the economy, the NHS and the environment nationally. As a community champion and committed pro-European I received a really positive reception from local residents, and I'm delighted that they backed me all the way to County Hall."

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Parliamentary candidate Daisy Cooper adds: "The Green Party & UKIP have been pushed to the margins, Labour was dealt a heavy blow in a strongly 'Remain' area, and the battle lines have been drawn for a straight up contest in St Albans on 8 June between Theresa May's hard BREXIT Conservatives and the Lib Dems."

Across the county, the Liberal Democrats polled 25% of the county vote, significantly up on 2013 total of 17%. The Liberal Democrats topped the poll in the Watford and St Albans Westminster Constituencies with 43% of vote the respectively. 


Across Hertfordshire, we increased our vote share in every seat and gained three county council seats: Royston West and Rural, Haldens in Welwyn Garden City, as well as St Albans North. With 18 county councillors, the Liberal Democrats are the main opposition party to the Conservative-run Herts County Council; Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party lost over a third of its seats to the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives, and now just have a total of 9.

Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Central Watford and Oxhey) said: “With our increased opposition status at County Hall we will seek to hold the Conservatives to account and continue our campaign for a fair more open county council."

 


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