Election result: Conservatives keep control of Hampshire County Council
THE Conservatives retained control of Hampshire County Council at the local elections.
There were no major changes in this year’s county council poll as the Conservatives will continue to be in control of the council, writes Maria Zaccaro of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
The Tories now hold 56 seats out of 78, with the Liberal Democrats remaining the largest opposition party with 17 seats – down two from what they held previously.
In the New Forest there was no change, with the Tories retaining eight of the 10 seats up for grabs and the Lib Dems holding on to two.
Lymington & Boldre has a new representative after Cllr Barry Dunning won it for the Tories, following the retirement of former member Michael White.
New Forest results:
Brockenhurst (Conservative hold)
Martin Ashman (Labour) 466
Keith Mans (Conservative) 3,329
Ruth Rollin (Liberal Democrats) 989
Katherine Wilcox (Green Party) 931
Dibden and Hythe (Lib Dem hold)
Dominic Boddington (Green) – 280
Christopher Harrison (Conservative) – 2,088
Katherine Herbert (Labour) – 281
Thomas Jones (Alliance for Democracy and Freedom) – 261
Malcolm Wade (Liberal Democrats) – 2,515
Lyndhurst and Fordingbridge Division (Conservative hold)
Hilary Brand (Liberal Democrats) – 1,063
Edward Heron (Conservative) – 3,027
Janet Richards (Green) – 928
James Swyer (Labour) – 443
Totton South and Marchwood Division (Lib Dem hold)
Helen Field (Labour) – 312
David Harrison (Liberal Democrats) – 2,303
Callum O’Driscoll (Green) – 249
Richard Young (Conservative) – 1,892
Totton North and Netley Marsh Division (Conservative hold)
Neville Penman (Conservative) – 2,821
Caroline Rackham (Liberal Democrats) – 905
John Rochey-Adams (Labour) – 410
Timothy Rowe (Green) – 315
South Waterside (Conservative hold)
Rebecca Clark (Liberal Democrats) – 884
Julie Hope (Labour) – 420
Alexis McEvoy (Conservative) – 2,218
John Pemberton (Green) – 215
Ringwood Division (Conservative hold)
Alexander Brunsdon (Liberal Democrats) 410
Nicola Jolly (Green) 645
Peter Kelleher (Labour) 772
Michael Thierry (Conservative) 2,439
New Milton North, Milford & Hordle (Conservative hold)
Frances Carpenter (Conservative) 4,119
Mark Clark (Liberal Democrats) 537
Anthony Law (Green) 539
Ian Linney (UKIP) 177
Christopher Main (Labour) 566
New Milton Division (Conservative hold)
Eloise Cleeter (Labour) 582
Jeremy Fenner (Green) 618
Melville Kendal (Conservative) 3,504
Benjamin Thompson (Liberal Democrats) 593
Lymington & Boldre Division (Conservative hold)
Jack Davies (Liberal Democrats) 1,241
Barry Dunning (Conservative) 2,313
Jacqueline England (Independent) 1,157
Verena Jolly (Green) 453
Jeremy Weber (Labour) 332
Further afield, the Lib Dems lost the Bishopstoke and Fair Oak division to independent borough councillor Louise Parker-Jones.
They also lost the West End and Horton Heath seat to the Conservatives.
Tory leader Cllr Keith Mans, who retained his Brockenhurst seat, said: “I had not expected such a good result. We polled more than 50% of the vote and returned exactly the same number of councillors than we did in 2017 thanks to the hard work by all our candidates and our supporters.
"This gives us a very good working majority to take forward our policies in the future. Our main aim now is to assist in any way we can to help Hampshire’s economy recover from the pandemic.”
Cllr Keith House, leader of the Lib Dems was re-elected in the Hamble division and said: “This has been a difficult year for parties in opposition to the Conservatives nationally. Liberal Democrats won six of the eight county divisions in Eastleigh which was remarkable.
"Winning all of Hiltingbury at the county level for the first time reflects the very hard work of Tim Groves in the area.”
It comes as Cllr Judith Grajewski, former cabinet member for health at the county council, lost her Chandler’s Ford seat.
Meanwhile, Labour gained two more seats, holding now a total of three seats.
The county council's new chair, vice-chair, leader and cabinet members will be announced at the annual general meeting on 27th May.
The results of the election of Hampshire police and crime commissioner are expected to be announced today (Monday).
The political make-up of the county council is now:
Conservatives – 56 seats
Liberal Democrats – 17
Labour – 3
Whitehill & Bordon Community Party – 1
Independent – 1
The political make-up of the county council going into the 2021 election was:
Conservatives – 55 seats
Liberal Democrats – 19
Labour – 1
Community Campaign for Hart – 1
Basingstoke & Deane Independent Group – 1
Unaffiliated – 1