Conservative Party retains control of Surrey County Council

  • 3 May 2013
  • From the section Surrey
David Hodge
Image caption Surrey County Council leader David Hodge held his seat in Warlingham for the Conservatives

The Conservative Party has retained overall control of Surrey County Council and gained three more seats.

The Liberal Democrats lost four seats in Thursday's election, but still remain the main opposition party with nine members.

UKIP won three seats, with Labour and the Green Party each winning one. Residents' Associations have seen 10 members elected across the county.

In total 81 seats were available in Surrey, with the Tories winning 58.

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge held his seat in Warlingham, but with a reduced majority after a strong showing from UKIP's candidate.

Mr Hodge was re-elected after winning 1,444 votes - 369 more than UKIP's Martin Haley.

Overall control

UKIP increased its share from one seat to three, taking Godstone, Shalford, and Staines South and Ashford West.

Labour took the seat of Stanwell and Stanwell Moor and the Green Party won Redhill East.

Each of the 11 district and borough councils were responsible for counting votes cast at polling stations.

Previously, the Conservatives held overall control of the county council, with 55 councillors.

The results were published on the county council's website.

Tandridge District Council was the first local authority to finish counting in the early hours.

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