Local Elections round-up for South and South East

Voters in the ITV Meridian region headed to the polls on Thursday for local elections. Voting took place at 88 councils across England, Wales and Scotland until polling stations closed at 10pm.

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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

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