Election 2008: Tories cling on to power in Winchester district

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THE Conservatives clung on to power by their fingertips in Winchester in one of the tightest contests in the region.

Two Tories lost their seats on Winchester City Council but the ruling party picked up two other wards to maintain their wafer thin one-seat majority.

The Liberal Democrats enjoyed a net gain of one seat while the Independents lost one overall.

The Conservatives lost seats in the St Barnabas ward of Winchester and at Whiteley to the Liberal Democrats, but gained seats in Shedfield near Fareham and St Michael in Winchester one of which was Independent, the other Liberal Democrat.

The second Independent seat up for election this year was held.

At Denmead, Tory Michael Read romped home with a whopping 1,232 majority over Lib Dem Anne Stoneham while at Boarhunt and Southwick, Conservative John Cooper won narrowly by 21 votes.