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  1. Coverage from local council and police and crime commissioner elections across the South
  2. Martyn Underhill elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Anthony Stansfeld for Thames Valley and Michael Lane in Hampshire
  3. No councils change hands in region - Weymouth & Portland and Portsmouth stay in no overall control
  4. Labour holds Oxford, Southampton and Reading; Lib Dems hold Eastleigh; Conservatives Cherwell
  5. Witney councillor given reprieve after 70 'missing' votes found
  6. Updates on Friday 6 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Sue Paz, Dave Gilyeat and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

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So thank you for joining us over the last 18 hours or so - but perhaps Anthony Stansfeld has the right idea. Time for a large whiskey... and bed.

To recap

It's been a busy day of counting across the South, but apart from tomorrow's Winchester result, the winners have been declared.

For the most part there were no surprises - although the biggest upset was  most likely West Oxfordshire's Duncan Enright's stomach after his roller coaster election night.

Elsewhere, no councils changed hands in the region - Weymouth and Portland and Portsmouth stayed in no overall control.

There were Labour holds in Oxford, Southampton and Reading, the Lib Dems kept Eastleigh and the Conservatives retained control of Cherwell.  

And in the PCC elections, Thames Valley and Dorset kept their incumbents Anthony Stansfeld (Cons) and Martyn Underhill (Independent), while in Hampshire Michael Lane (Cons) was elected to the job for this first time.

New job

A former Commodore in the Royal Navy, Michael Lane replaces Simon Hayes, who was elected Hampshire PCC in 2012 standing on an independent platform.

Thames Valley PCC secures second term

Anthony Stansfeld won a total of 202,396 first and second preferences, compared with his nearest challenger Laetisia Carter.

Anthony Stansfeld

Police commissioner secures second term

Anthony Stansfeld is re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley.

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Conservative PCC candidate elected

Michael Lane

Michael Lane received a total of 153,990 first and second preferences compared with his nearest challenger, Labour's Robin Price.

Michael Lane

Conservative PCC candidate elected

Conservative Michael Lane is the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

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BBC reporter tweets...

"I want to make one promise. I take service to you all seriously". Michael Lane new PCC for Hants and IoW.

"I want to make one promise. I take service to you all seriously". Michael Lane new PCC for Hants and IoW.

BreakingHampshire elects Michael Lane PCC

Conservative Michael Lane is elected Hampshire's police and crime commissioner  

Who is Anthony Stansfeld?

So who is the man who has been Thames Valley's PCC since 2012?

A West Berkshire district councillor and former member of the Thames Valley Police Authority, Anthony Stansfeld is an Army veteran who served in Northern Ireland and Borneo. He spent two years as chief of staff intelligence in the Far East. 

On leaving the Army he worked in marketing before running the aircraft company Pilatus Britten Norman. For more read his biog here.

Stansfeld: PCC win 'very satisfactory'

Anthony Stansfeld described his PCC win as a “very satisfactory result”, saying crime in the region had reduced “hugely” since he took over in 2012.

When asked if he would be celebrating tonight, he told our reporter: "I shall have a large whiskey and go to bed."

"I look forward to the next four years with excitement and I think we will continue to do an excellent job."

Anthony StansfeldThames Valley Police PCC
Anthony Stansfeld

Cherwell council election results

So in Cherwell, the last area in Oxfordshire to declare results today, the make-up of the council is: 

  • Conservatives - 38 seats
  • Labour - 8
  • Independents - 2

Election 2016: The full round up from around Oxfordshire

The top election headlines: 

  • Anthony Stansfeld has been re-elected as the Thames Valley PCC after a second round of voting
  • Labour gained two seats from the Greens to strengthen their majority at Oxford City Council
  • In West Oxfordshire, the make-up of the district council has remained the same, with the Conservatives keeping their 41 seats out of 49
  • On Cherwell District Council, the Tories retain overall control, with 38 seats

Winchester count takes place on Saturday

A reminder that we're not expecting any results from the Winchester vote until tomorrow.

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BreakingConservatives hold Cherwell

The Conservatives have held on to Cherwell - they now have 38 seats.

Returning officer 'grateful' for turnout

Police area returning officer David Buckle has commented on the turnout for the Thames Valley PCC election.

The turnout was much higher than 2012 when we first ran these elections, where it was just over 13% - so we’re grateful to those who took the time to vote.

David BuckleReturning officer

Anthony Stansfeld wins Thames Valley PCC vote in second round

Anthony Stanseld has won a second term as the police and crime commissioner for the Thames Valley - but needed a second-round vote count to claim his win.

The Conservative candidate won just under 40% of the vote in the first round, going up against Labour's Laetisia Carter in the second round.

Following the count, he won 52.21% of the vote on a 25.6% turnout.

BreakingAnthony Stansfeld re-elected as Thames Valley PCC

Conservative Anthony Stansfeld has been announced as PCC for the Thames Valley following a second-round count.    

Anthony Stansfeld

Banbury MP says Tories should be 'very pleased'

Banbury's Tory MP Victoria Prentis has said her party should be "very pleased" with their performance across the country in the 2016 local elections.

Victoria Prentis
Victoria Prentis

It's a year in to the majority Conservative government and at this stage you would normally expect the government to get a bit of a kicking, but broadly our vote has held up well.

Victoria PrentisBanbury MP

Simon Hayes out of the running for Hampshire PCC

Hampshire will have a new PCC, either from Labour or the Conservatives, as the second preference votes are counted. 

The incumbent PCC and Independent candidate Simon Hayes is out.

Simon Hayes

 The final result is expected.   

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Underhill had 38% in first-round vote

Martyn Underhill received 38% of the first preference votes for Dorset PCC. 

Turnout was nearly 23%, up from 16% in 2012.

Martyn Underhill

Councillor goes from defeat to 'Joy! Success! Win!'

Duncan Enright on his emotional rollercoaster at Witney East count...

Duncan Enright on a rollercoaster of emotions for him at Witney East count

Cherwell district council update

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

  • 10 out of 16 wards declared
  • 21 seats to Conservatives, eight to Labour and one to independent
  • It might be a positive day for Labour, they previously held eight seats on the council
  • Conservatives Nick Harrison and Tony Mepham have lost their seats

Martyn Underhill received 66,660 votes

Independent candidate and re-elected Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill (pictured centre following the result) first took up the post in November 2012.

Martyn Underhill after PCC win

He was previously a senior officer with Sussex Police, where he was the second in charge of the Sarah Payne murder investigation.

He moved to Dorset after retiring from the police in 2009 and went on to campaign on issues surrounding safeguarding children, including Sarah's Law which was introduced in Dorset in 2010.  

He was elected to serve another term after receiving 66,660 of the 129,461 votes cast.   

Cherwell council election results latest

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

Three Labour councillors are elected for Banbury, Grimsbury and Hightown ward. Conservatives Nick Harnson and Tony Mepham both lose their seats.

Meanwhile, Conservatives win all three seats for the Cropredy, Sibfords and Wroxton ward.

And independent Nick Cotter wins one of the Bicester South and Ambrosden seats. Norman Bolster and Dan Sames (both Conservative) get the others.

BreakingMartyn Underhill re-elected in Dorset

Independent Martyn Underhill has been re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset.

Results still coming in for Cherwell

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

We have now had seven out of 16 results declared at Cherwell District Council.

Of these, 16 seats have gone to Conservative candidates and five to Labour.

Cherwell council elections: Labour lose seat to Tories

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

Labour's Matt Johnson loses his place on Cherwell District Council as the Conservatives take all three seats in Adderbury, Bloxham and Bodicote.

Time for a drink yet?

BreakingThames Valley PCC goes to second round

Natalie Verney

BBC Radio Oxford

Counting for the Thames Valley PCC will now go to second preference - because no-one has achieved more than 50% of the votes.

It's now between current Conservative PCC Anthony Stansfeld and the only female candidate Laetisia Carter, who's standing for Labour.

Conservatives hold Basingstoke & Deane

The Conservatives have held on to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.

They gained one seat, while Labour gained two. The Lib Dems and UKIP both lost a seat.

After the vote the make up of the authority is:

  • Conservative: 33
  • Labour: 19
  • Liberal Democrats: 6
  • Independent: 2

First results for Cherwell District Council in

The first results have been declared in the Cherwell District Council count, for Hardwick, Ruscote, and Bicester East. Turnout was 26.95%.

They are: 

  • Andrew Aris (Green) - 246
  • Anthony Burns (Lib Dems) - 225
  • Anne Davis (Lab) - 504
  • John Donaldson (Con) - 689
  • Mary Evans Young (Lab) - 532
  • Henry Goodman (Lab) - 447
  • Ian Hackford (UKIP) - 368
  • Tony Ilott (Con) - 633
  • Nicholas Turner (Con) - 638  

Lunchtime TV: Live from the Hampshire PCC count

South Today

BBC South Today will be live from the count for the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner election on BBC One at 13:30.

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner election count

Dorset PCC candidates face second round

The Dorset PCC election has gone to second preference votes as there is no clear winner in the first round. The battle is now between Tory candidate Andrew Graham and independent Martyn Underhill.

Labour and UKIP are now out of the running.

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Busy counting PCC vote

They're busy bees in Abingdon counting Thames Valley PCC votes. Watch this timelapse footage:

Turnout is said to be 25.6% - almost double the level in the previous vote in 2012

Oxford City Council seats after the vote

Those Oxford City Council results for you in full:

  • Labour: 35
  • Liberal Democrats: 8
  • Green Party: 4
  • Independent: 1

The highest turnout was 53.9% in Iffley Fields, while the lowest was 18.6% in Northfield Brook.

The full results can be found here

Labour man's election roller coaster

Duncan Enright (centre)
Labour Party
Duncan Enright (centre)

A Labour councillor in West Oxfordshire told the world he'd lost his seat. But then...

Duncan Enright (centre)

Labour man wins after 70 votes found

A Labour councillor in West Oxfordshire is re-elected after 70 missing ballots were discovered.

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PCC count continues in Rushmoor

Conservatives 'expected to do better' in Reading

A Conservative councillor said he's expected his party to increase the Tories' share. 

Thames Ward's Ed Hopper said he was happy the Tories did not lose any seats, but was surprised by the result. 

Ed Hopper

The first year after a General Election, you would expect an incumbent party to lose seats, the fact we haven't done is an achievement in itself. However we were expecting due to the unpopularity of the Labour party to increase our seats."

Ed HopperConservative councillor for Thames Ward

Election 2016: Counting under way in Cherwell

It's livened up a bit for Marcus at the Cherwell count...

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Election 2016: Turnout figures revealed

A mixed bag when it comes to turnout across Oxfordshire:

  • Cherwell District Council elections: 34.5%
  • Oxford City Council: Estimated citywide figure is 39.2%
  • West Oxfordshire: 37%
  • Thames Valley PCC: Early estimates suggest 25.6%