Watford Borough Council

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No change at Watford as Lib Dems retain control

Watford Borough Council remains in the hands of the Liberal Democrats.

The party held its 13 seats, while Labour held three, leaving the Lib Dems in control, with 26 wards to Labour's 10.

No other parties hold seats.

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Not a good night for Tories in Herts and Beds

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

We're not even halfway there with the results yet, but 3 May is not a great day to be waking up as a Conservative in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Although they've held on to Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Dacorum and East Herts councils, they've lost overall control of both Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans, where Tory Leader Alec Campbell has lost his seat.

The Lib Dems have been the biggest benefactors from all of this, gaining more than 20 seats, while Labour have held Luton and Stevenage.

Friday's counts include all of Central Beds, Bedford's Mayoral election and a third of Milton Keynes Council, where the Tories are defending 12 seats.

And that means the day could yet get worse for the Conservatives.

Voter ID pilot is a 'solution looking for a problem'

The Electoral Reform Society has criticised the ID pilot scheme.

It said that the latest voter fraud figures from the Electoral Commission showed the proposals were still a "solution looking for a problem" and claimed the policy would cost up to £20m per General Election to implement.

Personation fraud accounted for eight of 266 cases allegations of fraud made in relation to last year's elections. No further action was taken for seven of the allegations and one was locally resolved.

A spokesman said: "Rather than using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, the government should deal with the real democratic problems we face.

"Ministers should scrap this policy before wasting any more time on this costly and dangerous distraction."

Watford takes part in voter ID pilot

Watford Borough Council, along with 10 other local authorities, has taken part in a pilot scheme, facilitated by the Cabinet Office, to make voters bring ID to polling stations.

It took part in the scheme for the May 2018 elections and agreed to do so again this year.

Polling station
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The schemes were conducted to identify the exact impact of voter ID, including its cost, before it is introduced nationally and all the additional costs for conducting the pilot are being funded by the Cabinet Office. They aimed to address personation fraud - the crime of pretending to be someone else at the ballot box.

Voters in Watford Borough had to show their polling card or another form of ID in order to vote.

In March, a High Court judge ruled that the scheme was lawful after a campaigner said the trial would prevent people from voting. Neil Coughlan, 64, crowdfunded more than £32,500 to fight the case, claiming the pilot was not valid under the Representation of the People Act 2000.

Hertfordshire: Polls held for 10 councils

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

There have been no county council elections this year but all 10 lower-tier councils in Hertfordshire - the districts and the boroughs - have had ballots on Thursday.

In Dacorum, East Herts and Hertsmere, everybody is up for election, while a third of all councillors are standing in the other seven authorities: Broxbourne, North Herts, St Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford and Welwyn Hatfield.

St Albans District Council

The Conservatives run seven of the 10 authorities, with the Liberal Democrats in charge of Three Rivers and Watford, and Labour responsible for Stevenage.

The Tories are expected to hold Dacorum, East Herts, Hertsmere, Broxbourne and North Herts, while Labour should hold on to Stevenage and Watford is likely to stay Lib Dem.

But Welwyn nearly went to no overall control in 2018 and St Albans could also be interesting. There the Conservatives are defending 14 seats but have a majority of 12.

Three Rivers could go to no overall control, although the Tories are defending lots of seats.

Colchester park voted one of UK's best

Wivenhoe Park
University of Essex

Parks in Essex and Hertfordshire has been voted among the Top 10 in the UK.

Wivenhoe Park in Colchester, which is maintained by the University of Essex, was one of the 10 winners from a field of more than 1,800 parks and green spaces across the country in the Green Flag Award People’s Choice vote.

Marcus Clayton, the university's grounds manager, said it was a "huge honour" to be custodian of the historic park, which spans more than 200 acres, and it was the culmination of a five-year enhancement programme.

Other winners included Victoria Park in east London and Cassiobury Park in Watford.

Peter Taylor, Watford's Elected Mayor, called Cassiobury "the jewel in Watford's crown" and highlighted its "splash pool, booming bandstand and packed programme of activities all year round" as reasons for its top 10 placing.

Watford Borough Council results are in

The final Hertfordshire results we were waiting for were for Watford Borough Council and they have now all come in.

There is no change, as the Liberal Democrats have kept their control.

The party won nine seats, Labour got three, but lost one seat to the Lib Dems. The Conservatives have no seats.

The council make-up is now:

  • Lib Dems: 26
  • Labour: 10
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