County Council Elections 2013

Voters across the region are at the polls on Thursday 2nd May.

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Conservatives: UKIP votes are a message from voters

Conservative Councillor Mar Hawthorne says votes for UKIP show parties need to listen to voters.

The Conservatives lost overall control of the authority - winning just 23 of 53 seats available. While the Lib Dems took 14. UKIP - which hadn't previously been represented - gained three seats in the Forest of Dean.

Greens have two councillors on Bristol City Council

Local election results for Bristol are starting to come in now.

The biggest casualty so far is Lib Dem Jon Rogers who ran for Bristol Mayor last year. He finished third in Ashley Ward. The Greens won ahead of Labour.

The Green party now have two councillors on the City Council after Daniella Raice takes Bishopston.

Veteran councillor Lib Dem Simon Cook held onto his Clifton ward by just 17 votes.

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Turnout down in Gloucestershire as voters stay away

Gloucestershire's votes are counted Credit: ITV West Country

Turnout in Gloucestershire was lower than the previous election in 2009 – 31.79% down from 40% four years ago. Of the 475,739 people eligible to vote in the county, 151,250 people actually voted.

Altogether 53 seats were available, down from 63 previously following boundary changes.

The Conservative Group won 23 seats, Liberal Democrats 14, Labour and Labour & Cooperative nine, UKIP three, Green one, two independents and one People Against Bureaucracy seat.

27 seats were needed to gain control of the council, so there is currently overall controlling group.

Chief Executive of the council, Pete Bungard, said: “We were planning for significant change whatever the result because of the boundary review and the fact that 26 of our previous councillors decided to stand down this time.

“In reality, it’s too soon to know how things will work out politically as the new members need time to consider what this means for them."

For details of the elected councillors and the votes they received, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/elections.

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