… from Thursday 6th May now in.
Yesterday saw Devon go to the polls:
The results have been coming out for much of the day:
But two wards in East Devon, Exmouth and Broadclyst – where two councillors are elected in each – won’t begin counting until Saturday morning, so a final result and composition won’t be known until tomorrow.
A clear conclusion has just been announced:
It will be four more years of Conservative rule in Devon after the Tories comfortably retained control of Devon County Council. Under John Hart’s leadership, they have been in charge of the council since 2009, and Thursday’s local elections saw them stretch that reign until 2025.
Coming into the vote, the Conservatives held 41 of the 60 seats, and with seven seats to declare, they have 36 of the 56 seats so far announced, with the Liberal Democrats on 9, Labour on 7, three Independents, and one Green Party councillor. Labour held all seven of their seats, while the Lib Dems made three gains, and while the Conservatives remain in control of the council, their majority will be slightly reduced with them only being able to win a maximum of 40 seats…
The result for Sidmouth is in:
Which was very close:
Stuart Hughes has won re-election as county councillor for Sidmouth. The Conservative Party candidate secured 2,601 votes beating Louise MacAllister (Independent East Devon Alliance) by 180 votes. She secured 2,431 votes while Labour Party candidate Colin Mills got 209. The turnout was42.8 per cent.
And for neighbours Ottery, Honiton and Seaton/Colyton:
With the full official results for the county here: