Havant Borough Council election results

SMILES Tory council leader Tony Briggs congratulates Labour's Ralph Cousins on taking Battins Ward. Picture: Malcolm Wells (121533-3904)
SMILES Tory council leader Tony Briggs congratulates Labour's Ralph Cousins on taking Battins Ward. Picture: Malcolm Wells (121533-3904)
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LABOUR gained two seats in Havant on a night that saw Liberal Democrats left with just one councillor in the borough.

Havant Borough Council remains a Conservative stronghold after they lost just one seat.

Labour stalwarts Ralph Cousins and Richard Brown took Battins and Warren Park wards respectively.

And Conservative leader Tony Briggs welcomed the Labour councillors saying he was looking forward to having an effective opposition for the first time in years.

Cllr Briggs said: ‘Well it’s nice to see a party making an opposition.

‘I’m extremely happy with the overall results and we have only lost one seat to the Labour Party and that’s in a strong Labour area, Warren Park. I really felt it was a seat we weren’t going to hang on to.’

Councillor Richard Brown took the seat from Tory Mike Sceal in a return after losing it in 2010 when Labour was given a bloody nose locally.

He said: ‘I’m over the moon about it. I’ve always harboured an ambition to come back.

‘There was no opposition in Havant even when I was a councillor last time.’

Councillor Terry Hart, the Labour leader, hung on to his Bondfields ward, with 51 per cent of the vote.

He said: ‘This is the start of better things. The Conservatives were actually saying I would lose my seat. But after 31 years a lot of people know me and know that they can trust me.

‘The Tory group has got too big and even the members are saying it’s too big.

‘All the decisions are made in group and there’s no transparency.’

Meanwhile Cllr Cousins says he can’t wait to get back to work in Havant where he was first elected in the early 1980s.

‘I’ve stood 14 times, won six and lost eight.

‘I’m really pleased to be back here.’

Cllr Cousins’ win means there is just one Lib Dem, 22-year-old Katie Ray in Battins.

Tim Dawes, who lost out in St Faith’s to Tory David Guest, who kept his seat, claimed he could see his Green party winning seats next year.

‘Sophie Cobbett came second to Brendan Gibb-Gray, who is a very popular figure. We gave the Tories a shock, we got a lot of votes.’

HAVANT

BARNCROFT

Yvonne Weeks, Con* 443

George Smith, Lab 274

Raymond Finch, UKIP 164

Hilary Bolt, Lib Dem 63

Majority 169

Turnout 20.58%

CON HOLD

BATTINS

Ralph Cousins, Lab 431

Faith Ponsonby, Lib Dem* 371

Kris Sapcote, Con 256

Majority 60

Turnout 21.55%

LABOUR GAIN FROM LIB DEM

BEDHAMPTON

Ken Smith, Con* 927

Chris Maple, Lib Dem 434

Stephen Harris, UKIP 299

Derek Smith, Lab 346

Terry Mitchell, Green 155

Majority 493

Turnout 30.36%

CON HOLD

BONDFIELDS

Terry Hart, Lab* 503

Diana Patrick, Con 335

Steve Marshall, Lib Dem 134

Majority 168

Turnout 19.51%

LAB HOLD

COWPLAIN

David Keast, Con* 1,168

Ken Monks, Lab 381

Bruce Holman, Green 293

John Jacobs, Lib Dem 172

Majority 787

Turnout 27.12%

CON HOLD

EMSWORTH

Brendan Gibb-Gray, Con* 1,698

Sophie Cobbett, Green 583

Colin Blunden, Lab 370

Roisin Miller, Lib Dem 288

Majority 1,115

Turnout 37.69%

CON HOLD

HART PLAIN

Elaine Shimbart, Con* 1,333

Howard Sherlock, Lab 538

Elaine Woodard, Lib Dem 297

Majority 795

Turnout 28.99%

CON HOLD

HAYLING EAST

Leah Turner, Con* 939

Sue Underwood, Lab 467

Gary Kerrin, UKIP 454

Paul Valentine, Green 167

Paul Pritchard, Lib Dem 114

Majority 472

Turnout 29.18%

CON HOLD

HAYLING WEST

Vic Jones, Con* 1,110

John Perry, UKIP 573

Michael Clark, Lab 422

Sue Holt, Green 169

Ben Marshall, Lib Dem 104

Majority 537

Turnout 34.42%

CON HOLD

PURBROOK

Caren Tarrant, Con 1,081

Lisa Wheeler, Lab 587

Michael Bolt, Lib Dem 214

Majority 494

Turnout 25.75%

CON HOLD

ST FAITH’S

David Guest, Con* 1,221

Beryl Francis, Lab 540

Tim Dawes, Green 352

Jane Briggs, Lib Dem 283

Majority 681

Turnout 33.55%

CON HOLD

STAKES

Roy Heard, Con 774

Margaret Beauvoisin, Lab 552

Ann Bazley, Lib Dem 222

Majority 222

Turnout 20.84%

CON HOLD

WARREN PARK

Richard Brown, Lab 361

Ann Brown, Lib Dem 237

Mike Sceal, Con* 216

Majority 124

Turnout 16.2%

LAB GAIN FROM CON

WATERLOO

John Hunt, Con* 1,334

Francesca Robinson, Lab 524

Fred Dunford, Lib Dem 356

Majority 810

Turnout 28.73%

CON HOLD

* Denotes sitting councillor