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Ukip wiped out in the Thames Valley

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Ukip lost all of its councillors on Hampshire County Council which meant a substantial gain for the Tories - who now have 56 members - up by 10.

The Liberal Democrats increased its number by one.

In Oxfordshire, the county council is still in no overall control. The Tories kept their seats but did not make a gain.

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In Buckinghamshire - the Conservatives and Independents gained councillors.

The Conservatives held on to Wiltshire, taking seats from all other parties.

In Surrey, they gained two seats.

Rachel Hepworth has a full round-up of the results.

Rachel spoke to Cllr Ian Hudspeth Con Group Leader, Oxfordshire County Council, Cllr Richard Webber Lib Dem Group Leader, Oxfordshire County Council and Cllr Liz Brighouse Lab Group Leader, Oxfordshire County Council.

She also spoke to Andrew Huxley Former UKIP councillor and Cllr Keith House Hampshire County Council, Lib Dem.

Substantial gains for Tories in the west of the region

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There have been substantial gains for the Tories in the south west of the region.

Ukip lost all ten seats on Hampshire County Council.

It meant a substantial gain for the Tories - who now have 56 councillors.

Liberal Democrats increased their number by one and Labour lost two, with Ukip losing the lot.

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On the Isle of Wight, 10 extra seats for the Conservatives give them an overall majority at the expense of the Independents.

In Dorset, Conservatives retained control although leader Robert Gold lost his seat to the Liberal Democrats.

The Greens now have two seats and Labour lost three of their four councillors.

The Conservatives held on to Wiltshire, taking seats from all other parties.

In West Sussex the Conservatives increased their grip, swamping both the Lib Dems and Labour.

Richard Slee has a full round-up of the results.

Richard spoke to Cllr Keith House Hampshire County Council, Lib Dem and Martin Lyon UKIP.

He also spoke to Cllr Judith Grajewski Hampshire County Council, Con, Jonathan Bacon Former Council Leader and Cllr Louise Goldsmith West Sussex County Council, Con.

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Tories control all three south east county councils

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The Conservatives are now controlling all three county councils in the south east.

The Liberal Democrats have held on to what they had and Labour lost six seats.

Ukip have been wiped out in Kent and Sussex losing all 18 seats, with the Greens holding on to their seat.

It meant a substantial gain for the Tories, who now have 67 councillors, up 24 seats.

In East Sussex, the Conservatives who were previously the largest party but without overall control - now take control.

They have 30 seats as Ukip lost the lot.

Malcolm Shaw and Tony Green round up the picture in Sussex and Kent.

Malcolm spoke to Cllr Jim Sheppard East Sussex County Council, Con and Cllr David Tutt East Sussex County Council, Lib Dem.

He also spoke to Emily Clarke Labour candidate and Peter Charlton Former UKIP councillor.

Tony spoke to Eddie Powell UKIP candidate and Cllr Dara Farrell Ashford South, Lab.

He also spoke to Cllr Trudy DEAN Malling Central, Lib Dem and Cllr Paul Carter Leader, Kent County Council, Con.

Conservatives hold on to Wiltshire gaining 7 seats

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The Conservatives have held on to Wiltshire gaining 7 seats in the council's unitary election.

The party won 68 seats, up on their previous 61.

Labour held on to three seats, losing one seat.

The Liberal Democrats held on to 20 seats, losing two.

Seven seats were won by Independent candidates, a loss of three.

Ukip lost their only seat on the council.

The turnout for the election was 39.59% of an electorate of 361,681.

Rolls Royce workers strike in pensions row

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Car workers at Rolls Royce in West Sussex have walked out on strike for the first time in living memory.

They held an angry protest outside the site in Westhampnett near Chichester in a row over changes to the pension scheme.

The company says it is disappointed by the action and is trying to protect future pension provision.

But the union says the 24 hour stoppage is just the start of their campaign.

The closure of the pension scheme is scheduled for 31st May.

The union says it could see some workers lose up to £160,000 in retirement income.

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A further six 24 hour strikes are planned on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 3 May - workers at Hams Hall strike
  • Friday 5 May - workers at Rolls-Royce at Goodwood strike
  • Tuesday 16 May - workers at Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Hall and Swindon strike
  • Thursday 18 May - workers at Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Hall and Swindon strike
  • Sunday 21 May - workers at Cowley and Swindon strike
  • Wednesday 24 May - workers at Goodwood and Hams Hall strike
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Conservatives retain overall control of Hampshire

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The Conservative Party has retained overall control of Hampshire County Council in the local elections.

The party won 56 seats of the 78 seats on the County Council.

The UKIP vote collapsed in Hampshire, with no seats won by the party.

The Liberal Democrats won 19, Labour won 2 and the Community Campaign (Hart) won one.

In comparison to the 2013 elections, when the political make up of the County Council was 45 Conservatives, 17 Liberal Democrats, ten UK Independence Party, four Labour, one Independent, and one Community Campaign (Hart).

The turnout for the 2017 County Council elections was 36% of the electorate.

The majority party will now meet to consider its key appointments. The Annual General Meeting of the County Council on 25 May will appoint the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Leader of the County Council. The newly elected Leader will make appointments to the Cabinet ahead of its first meeting on 19 June."

“I look forward to working with all of Hampshire County Council’s Members in serving the county’s 1.3 million residents over this next Administration period – delivering important public services; from education, roads, highways and social care for vulnerable children and adults, to access to the countryside and libraries."

– John Coughlan, County Returning Officer & Hampshire County Council Chief Executive

Conservatives stay ahead of Lib Dems in Hampshire County Council's Winchester wards

The Conservatives have won four of the seven seats on Hampshire County Council in the Winchester area overnight, with the Liberal Democrats securing the three others around the city. This matches the same outcome as the county council elections four year ago.

Winchester has long been a battleground between the two parties and the the Lib Dems were hopeful that the strong support for Remain at the EU referendum last year would work in their favour - 59% of those who voted supported us staying in Europe nearly a year ago.

Some seats did swap hands. The Lib Dems gained the Winchester Eastlands ward from the Conservatives, while the Tories took Winchester Downlands from the Lib Dems.

Labour, the Green Party and UKIP ended the night empty handed in this part of the county council's catchment area.

  • Patricia Stallard (Con) received 71% of the vote in Southern Parishes
  • Martin Tod (Lib Dem) held his seat in Winchester Westgate
  • Andrew Wainwright (Green Party) failed to win a seat
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