Local elections: Recap as results declared at Portsmouth and Havant counts

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The country – or at least most of it – has gone to the polls today.

Several areas have chosen to hold their counts on Friday but many, including Portsmouth and Havant, have plumped for the traditional ‘start at 10pm and finish in the early hours routine’.

Here is all the action from the counts as it happened, with the final result coming in not long before 3am, plus a full results list from each area and reaction and analysis.

No polls in Fareham and Gosport this year – they are on the fourth, fallow year of the election cycle which sees ballots held in three out of every four years.

LIVE: Portsmouth and Hampshire local elections 2023

Key Events

  • Voters went to the polls today in many but not all areas of the country
  • Portsmouth and Havant results are now in
  • Eastleigh is also counting overnight; Winchester, East Hampshire and Southampton count tomorrow
  • No elections in Fareham and Gosport this year

Drayton and Farlington stays blue

Former mayor - and keen hot cross bun baker - loses his seat in Cosham

This armchair analyst says - huge result here

Given both sides of Hayling kicked out Tory incumbents, this really looks like coastal areas exercising an anti-’sewage in the sea’ vote. Every area is different but if that is the case, a fascinating collision of national and local politics

Penultimate Portsmouth ward

Further proof that the Portsmouth Independents Party can be a political force to be reckoned with in some areas of the city

Flurry of Havant wards now - and a Tory hat-trick

Baffins is here now - last result of the day

The new make-up of Portsmouth City Council is Lib Dem – 18; Con – 8; Lab – 7; Portsmouth Independents Party (PIP) – 6; and three independent councillors.

Havant now has 30 Conservatives; four Labour, two Liberal Democrats, one Green and one independent.