District Elections: Conservatives retain control of Harlow Council

Elections / Fri 5th May 2023 at 12:50am

THE CONSERVATIVES have retained control of Harlow Council.

Both sides were claiming victory as the Conservatives gained a seat in Staple Tye but Labour said they had the bigger share of the vote.

Either way, the Conservatives will run the council for another year.

Due to boundary changes, all 33 seats will be up for grabs in 2024.

Results are below.

Bush Fair

Jodi Dunne (Labour): 687

Emma Ghaffari (Conservative): 450

Jennifer Steadman (Green): 142

Chris Milington: (Lib Dem): 63

Labour Hold

Majority: 227

Turnout: 24.68%


Church Langley

Andrew Johnson (Conservative): 1,000

Mike Danvers (Labour): 402

Bengeman White (Green): 154

Cons Hold

Majority: 598

Turnout: 24.47%


Great Parndon

David Carter (Conservative): 749

John Strachan (Labour): 441

Nicholas Taylor (Harlow Alliance): 173

Paul King (Green): 77

Cons Hold

Majority: 308

Turnout: 29.81


Harlow Common

Mark Wilkinson (Labour): 707

Daniella Brown (Conservative): 645

Nathan Egerton (Green): 149

Lab Hold

Majority: 62

Turnout: 27.76%


Little Parndon and Hare Street

Klara Bow (Green): 66

Maggie Hulcoop (Labour): 988

Jayne Saunders (Conservative): 450

Lab Hold

Majority: 438

Turnout: 23.63


Mark Hall

Aiden O’Dell (Labour): 626

Geoffrey Longster (Conservative): 320

Jamie Gilbert (Green): 176

Mark Gough (Reform): 111

Lesley Rideout (Lib Dem): 82

Lab Hold

Majority: 303

Turnout: 24.76%



Nancy Watson (Labour): 705

Elena Hardware (Conservative): 452

Kim O’Connor (Green): 103

Robert Thurston (Lib Dem): 90

Lab Hold

Majority: 253



Old Harlow

Yasmin Gregory (Green): 325

Paul Lenihan (TUSC): 42

Sue Livings (Conservative): 1073

Stefan Mullard: 747

Cons Hold

Majority: 326

Turnout: 25.47%

Staple Tye

John Steer (Cons): 504

Jake Shepherd (Lab): 476

Karen James (HAP): 105

Gareth Williams: (Green): 90

Cons Gain

Majority: 28

Turnout: 23.14


Sumners and Kingsmoor

Clive Souter (Conservative): 574

Anita Schultschik (Labour): 481

Alan Leverett (Harlow Alliance Party): 177

David Margetts (Green): 96

Cons Hold

Majority: 93

Turnout: 26.16%



Daniella Pritchard (Labour): 781

Brian Kasule (Conservative): 458

Julie Taylor (Green): 156

Lab Hold

Majority: 323

Turnout: 25.23%

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29 Comments for District Elections: Conservatives retain control of Harlow Council:

2023-05-05 02:17:23

That turnout is atrocious, no wonder the Tories are in again, voter supression clearly working, disgusting.

2023-05-05 02:54:06

The people of Hzrlow got what they deserve, people have no right to complain about the state of the town if they are to lazy to do what is needed to vote. Turn-out shows how much interest the people in harlow care about what in going on in their own town.

2023-05-05 04:07:31

How can you gauge what will be the vote in the general election by the paltry turn out in the locals,some people are obviously not bothered by what happens locally but they will still be moaning what is done or not done by the Harlow council.

2023-05-05 06:06:06

Jim, like I said, if I couldn't be bothered to vote on things going on on my own doorstep I don't have the right to moan.

Dan Long
2023-05-05 06:18:26

Wdone to the Tories, anything apart from Labour getting back in as the administration party of Harlow.

2023-05-05 06:20:26

I didn’t bother voting because there is nobody good enough to vote for.

Dan Long
2023-05-05 06:21:42

Well done to the Tories for stopping Labour becoming the administration party of Harlow again.P,S, I'm standing next year.

2023-05-05 06:33:23

"Something is rotton in the state of Denmark" or least in Harlow. A turn out as abysmally low as this says either something about how people are educated or that most residents feel that whatever party gets elected it makes little difference to their local services and lives or perhaps about the whole system. Banks have secure systems to ID who they are dealing with perhaps allowing people to vote on line might help, or making voting compulsory as in Australia. However, more likely the malaise is the feeling that which party is in power it'll make little difference and that in reality the UK is being drained by big business and the extremely wealthy, as it has for centuries. The whole system of representation and how we educate our children needs a rethink because it's clear by these figures democracy in England shows most people vote not to vote. Anyone seens Shell's profits announcement earlier this week?

gary roberts
2023-05-05 07:02:35

An early night for all I suspect because of the low turnout in every Ward in this town. The loser of course is the town because despite all the nonsense, BS and warm words nothing will change to improve the lives for anyone. Did people not vote because of apathy, contempt or boredom? The result meant a return of Cllr. Souter and now Cllr. Hulcoop: Any idea what either have done for the town or their current or former constituencies over many years? Never mind at least the voters gave the elected an early night: rejoice at that news!

Bush Fair Jim.
2023-05-05 07:11:56

Until it's compulsory to return a voting paper we'll never have a true reflection of how people would like their area run. Disgusts me how people can opinionate and moan about things in their country or area but will take no part in the process of changing it.

2023-05-05 07:14:59

The Green Party need to give up now locally surely, the people have spoken - so many people I know want to vote for them based on what they stand for but the ‘holier than thou’ attitudes of those standing locally put people right off. Think the party will still do well in GE but they need to rethink who they put up. Talking to neighbours in Old Harlow the other day who were still undecided and they decided against Greens based purely on their interaction with the candidate

Clive sims
2023-05-05 08:01:11

I think the would be politicians need to look closer to home as to why the turn out is low. If you offer the changes the people want, they will vote for you. It is really that simple.

Richard Noggin
2023-05-05 08:09:42

It doesn't matter who votes as it doesn't matter who wins.

2023-05-05 08:45:38

What a disappointing turn-out AGAIN. I suggest it is because too often our local politicians either ignore our concerns or fail to even acknowledge us. If it was not for a postal vote I would not bother - like so many of my neighbours.

Neil Warner-Baker
2023-05-05 09:23:24

Great result in East Herts where the Greens are now the largest party after taking 17 seats. My beef has always been Labour and Tory support for the catastrophic hggt development on our borders. Great to see our Neighbours rejecting this mindset...(to much to hope for, but let's hope they get a battering in Epping Forrest too!)

Andrew H
2023-05-05 09:28:02

It seems nothing has changed and the people of Harlow have no right to moan anymore, they didn't even show up to make a difference. Glad to see East Herts stepping up and showing up to vote.

2023-05-05 14:00:10

Andrew you might be prepared to put up with the quality of life in Harlow being run down by local Councillors and their property developer chums but the rest of us retain the right to complain or praise. Looking at the brilliant Conservative plan to reduce traffic emissions by reducing traffic by not repairing pot holes and generating more congestion by overloading the town via hggt pfp (thus discouraging people to get in their cars). Both instances and strategies that clearly outgreened the greens and flummoxed Labour.

geoff turner
2023-05-05 14:25:24

andrew h the people in harlow didn't show up to vote because it doesn't matter who you vote for we have no confidence in any off them to keep there promises anymore so whats the point,also most of the original people in harlow have left and all the new housing estates contain people who have moved into the area and dont know what it was like 30 years ago so dont care

2023-05-05 14:30:11

Have met David Margetts (Green Party) a few times. He is new to all this politics but is very passionate about improving Harlow for the constituents. Comes across with a lot of integrity, which is refreshing. I am not a Green party voter but would consider voting for David Margetts in the future. There needs to be some change to the run of the mill parties.

2023-05-05 14:39:22

Only 25% (that is a quarter) of Harlow residents voted. What an opportunity next time for morally honest politicians! People who can work hard - like our MP.

2023-05-05 15:41:38

People complain about the potholes, the litter, the infrastructure, the overall management of Harlow, have an opportunity to have their say, and then only 1 in every 4 people in Harlow bothers to vote. I swear, as a society, we're getting dumber.

Andrew Bray
2023-05-05 16:14:11

The Staple Tye result is an example of the gerymandered vote due to the demand for photo ID. In addition to poor turn-out of course. There's nothing for either main party to be proud of.

Alderman Durcan(Labour councillor still)
2023-05-05 17:01:40

Just checked the council web page as it appears I lost my seat last night which came as a surprise.

Luke Burton
2023-05-05 17:37:16

Alderman Durcan - I understand you are a Cllr still - what's with the Alderman title? Where are you an Alderman of? Not seen many of them around so I'm curious. Thanks.

Dan Swords
2023-05-05 19:38:20

Interesting to see that for the first time in several months, Nicholas Taylor and many of the usual Labour councillors have not commented in triumphant fashion. They believed they would beat the Harlow Conservatives and attacked them constantly, were they surprised that the Harlow Conservatives kept all their seats and gained one (that Labour held even under Corbyn) as well as a 6% increase in their vote.

Andrew H
2023-05-05 22:09:14

Hilarious reply Novoman, but the reason I say they don't have a right to complain is that they didn't even bother to show up. Geoff I get your point and I somewhat agree, but it's a negative mentality to have and truly nothing will change if we don't make an effort.

2023-05-06 00:46:55

Everyone will pay eventually all those who chose not to vote will continue to see this town crumble until the only people who live here are the people nobody wants, we have become the dumping ground for all and sundry. I have lived in Harlow for nearly sixty years, I have seen the town grow and flourish, now I am seeing the sad demise of Harlow.

Kim Oconnor
2023-05-06 09:02:31

Dan swords, you may have won in Harlow, but look, look up and down this country, you conservatives lost big time. Herts have become green , let's see what happens to the Gilston project s now. The greens done very well in this country, gained a council, and now it's on wards and upwards, from LITTLE ACORNS, GREAT OAKS GROW. We are not funded by government, we are funded by donations, and the out come was still very good. And this ID system is not working by the way, needs scrapping.

Nicholas taylor
2023-05-06 18:13:00

Dan, Just for the record HAP's comment on the election result will be published soon.

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