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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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Video from Isle of Wight, where Tories gained overall control

The Conservatives have dominated the local elections in the South. They retained control of Hampshire and Dorset, while gaining the Isle of Wight from no overall control. It was a dismal showing for UKIP, with no seats won.

UKIP vote collapses at Eastleigh

The Hampshire County Council elections at Eastleigh saw the UKIP vote collapse. The main beneficiaries were the Liberal Democrats who took all but one of the eight seats up for grabs. Richard Jones talked to Keith House, Lib Dem winner and leader of Lib Dem group on HCC and Independent Louise Anne Parker-Jones. She got more than 1,000 votes and came second in a seat, fighting against housing development.

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