Great result for Welwyn Hatfield LibDems


Another fantastic Election Day for Welwyn Hatfield Liberal Democrats saw them gain a third County seat, come within 50 votes of smashing the Conservative grip on Panshanger Ward in the By-Election, and beat Labour into third place overall, both in number of seats and in the popular vote.

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The three happy candidates were Paul Zukowskyj in Hatfield South, who successfully defended the seat he first won in 2009, gaining over 50% of the votes; Nigel Quinton, who gained 48% of the votes taking over as County Councillor for Handside & Peartree from Malcolm Cowan; and Barbara Gibson, standing in her first ever election, who stormed through from third place to win Haldens from the Conservative incumbent by 98 votes with 37% of the votes.

Ayesha Rohale, who stood in the Panshanger By-Election came just 53 votes short of Conservative ex-WH Times editor Terry Mitchinson, with Labour a long way back in third.

Welwyn Hatfield now has three LibDem county councillors, three Conservative, and two Labour.

Speaking after the Count, they had this to say:

Nigel Quinton:

"I'd just like to thank Malcolm for all the work he has put into being a County Councillor for the past 12 years. My majority of 818 votes is entirely down to his efforts on behalf of the people of Handside & Peartree and I just hope I can live up to his example."

Paul Zukowskyj:

"I'm absolutely delighted to continue as the Councillor for Hatfield South, and I'm very humbled by the resounding endorsement residents have given me."

Barbara Gibson:

"In Haldens Division, this election was about residents being fed up with not being listened to by their elected representatives. People are tired of monopoly-like behaviour and fake consultations that ignore their concerns. They sent a clear message that it's time for a change, and I'm looking forward to championing their issues."

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