LIVE: Hampshire County Council local election results
VOTES are starting to be counted for council seats across the county.
Following yesterday’s voting day, seats are up for grabs at Hampshire County Council and boroughs across the Solent region.
Today, the county council and Fareham Borough Council will be totting up the votes and welcoming politicians into a whole host of seats in wards and divisions.
All 78 seats in Hampshire are up for grabs, with a further 15 seats in Fareham.
Hampshire County Council oversees education, health and infrastructure projects, including roadworks.
Meanwhile, the borough councils are responsible for day-to-day issues such as bin collections, housing and planning applications.
Counts for Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant are due to take place tomorrow.
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LIVE: Hampshire County Council local elections results flooding in
Last updated: Friday, 07 May, 2021, 18:02
Counting has begun
The votes are starting to be counted for Hampshire County Council seats.
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Counting underway in Fareham
Our Fareham reporter is on the case
First seat decided
The first Hampshire County Council result has been announced over in East Hampshire - the Alton Rural seat has been won by Conservative candidate Mark Kemp-Gee.
Our photographer has also arrived in Fareham
Farnborough South result announced
The Conservatives have won a second seat at the Hampshire County Council table - in Farnborough South, candidate Adam Jackman won with 2,607 votes, more than 1,000 more than second place candidate Thomas Mitchell (Liberal Democrat).
Fareham results for Hampshire County Council
Results have come through for Fareham’s Hampshire County Council divisions, reports Richard Lemmer. We are still waiting on the result for Fareham Town.
Crofton: Remains Conservative with Pal Hayre winning.
Sarisbury: Remains Conservative with Sean Woodward winning.
Portchester: Remains Liberal Democrat with Roger Price winning.
Warsash: Remains Conservative with Mike Ford winning.
Titchfield: Remains Conservative with Sarah Pankhurst winning.
Aldershot North belongs to Labour
The Labour Party has taken Aldershot North from the Conservatives, with Alex Crawford beating Charles Choudhary by 55 votes.
Peter Chegwyn holds Gosport seat
Liberal Democrat leader in Gosport, Peter Chegwyn, has maintained his seat in the Hardway division, winning by more than 300 votes from Conservative candidate, Patrick Bergin.
Cllr Price reflects on 50 years in politics
Councillor Roger Price, Fareham Borough Councillor for Portchester East and once again elected to Hampshire County Council, is celebrating 50 years as an elected offical.
Cllr Price has served as a 50 years as a borough councillor, 28 years as a county councillor, and was a magistrate for 37 years.
He said: 'Today is 50 years since the result of my first election.
'Looking back, it is a big number. I think it's really been down to working for the people. Representing people is what it's all about - but you can have national swings that throw it for you.’
Final results from Rushmoor
The Conservatives have held onto Aldershot South and Farnborough North, thanks to Bill Withers and Roz Chadd respectively.
This means that from the Rushmoor area, four of the county councillors will be Conservative, with one Labour councillor after Alex Crawford claimed Aldershot North.
Conservatives hold Lee-on-the-Solent
Conservative candidate Graham Burgess has won by a landslide in the Lee division, representing Lee-on-the-Solent and the surrounding area at Hampshire County Council.
He received 2,922 votes, almost triple that of Liberal Democrat candidate Kirsten Bradley in second place.
First Fareham Borough Council seats announced
Our Fareham reporter Richard Lemmer has the first results for Fareham Borough Council:
Warsash: Conservative victory with Mike Ford - 1,746 votes
Sarisbury: Conservative victory with Joanne Bull - 1,529 votes