Woking Local Election Results 2024 in full as Conservatives wiped out completely

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At the Surrey local elections 2024 in Woking, the Conservative Party has been wiped out, after their remaining members lost all four of their seats. Voters went to the polls on Thursday (May 2) in order to cast their votes to fill 11 positions on the council. The Liberal Democrats have held their control of the council.

The Conservatives have been wiped out in Woking after voters handed the Liberal Democrats a huge mandate. The result makes it the first council in Surrey not to have a single Conservative councillor and serves as a major warning to the party of a difficult road ahead in the upcoming general election.

The final tally tightened the Lib Dems grip on power giving them 24 seats, up four from last year's election - and left the Tories with none and Labour with just one seat on the bankrupt local authority. The remaining five seats are held by independents.

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The biggest swing of the day came in Canalside with the Liberal Democrats overturning a Labour majority of 570 to take the seat. Leader of the Council Councillor Ann-Marie Barker, who held on to her Goldsworth Park seat said: ”It’s a huge result for the Liberal Democrats, given the year we've had (referencing the Section 114 bankruptcy notice).

“To get such an overwhelming majority, resulting in existing councillors with increased majorities and gaining four seats. It's a massive responsibility and we've got a huge mandate to take it forward and we’ve showed that we can do that over the last couple of years.”

Josh Brown, the former Conservative councillor who lost his seat in the Byfleet and West Byfleet ward said: “The Woking Conservatives will continue to hold the Liberal Democrats, Independent and Labour on the council to account with regards to increases in council tax and increased borrowing.”

He would later add: “People of Woking have clearly had their say and we respect that, but the process going forward is who is going to hold this super majority to account? I think there will be a muted scrutiny function and that Woking and all of our residents will be worse off.”

“Scrutiny is very important. We still have independent and Labour councillors, but the importance for scrutiny is critical friends and constructive criticism - and that should come from both within and beyond the group. First priority is to get the new councillors trained inducted and working on their roles to deliver for residents and clearly finances are in our mind all the time and our work to deliver on our budget and next year's budget.”

The Lib Dems went into the 2024 elections as the largest party and previously held 19 of the 30 seats on the council. The remaining seats were held by four Conservatives, for independent councillors and two Labour councillors. There is one vacant seat.

One third of the seats were being contested in 2024 with one seat up for grabs in each of the area's 10 wards plus a second seat in Hoe Valley to fill the vacancy. Councillors will be elected for Byfleet & West Byfleet, Canalside, Goldsworth Park, Heathlands, Hoe Valley, Horsell, Knaphill, Mount Hermon, Pyrford and St John's.

Woking Borough Council has repeatedly been in the headlines for the wrong reasons after news first began to break that it was heading towards financial ruin. The result of the failed investment strategy has left towers standing unused and towns sitting half-vacant and derelict. Residents have been hit with 10 per cent tax rises and a cutting of services as the council looks to get out of the mess.

Ahead of the election, The Local Democracy Reporting Service visited the town this week to speak to the people living with the inflation busting tax rises, cuts to services, and a half-built town where developers continue to win planning permission for more towers. YOU CAN READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

Results from the 2024 elections in Woking are available below:

Results for borough and district council elections and the PCC election, once confirmed, will be available by the below links: