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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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.

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