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  1. Southampton City Council final wards counted

    Maria Zaccaro

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Tensions are running high in Southampton as the election count is under way.

    A number of wards across the city turned blue leaving Labour and the Conservatives with 22 seats each.

    Votes for the final four wards are now being counted and the final results are expected to be announced in the next couple of hours.

    It comes as 16 seats at Southampton City Council are up for grabs.

    So far Labour retained seats in Bargate, Bevois, Freemantle and Portswood but lost Bitterne, Coxford, Millbrook, Peartree and Redbridge to the Tories.

    Votes for Shirley, Sholing, Swaythling and Woolston are currently being counted.

    Among the councillors who have just been elected there are Jeremy Moulton, the former leader of the Conservatives who lost his seat in the 2018 elections, and Amanda Guest, who campaigned against the proposed closure of Kentish Road respite centre.

    Meanwhile, Dave Shields, former cabinet member for stronger communities and Darren Paffey, former cabinet member for children learning and education, retained their seats in Freemantle and Bargate respectively.

    There are 48 seats in total with 25 needed for a majority.

  2. New faces for Isle of Wight Council

    Louise Hill

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Voters on the Isle of Wight have voted in a new set of councillors to lead the council.

    Overall, voter turnout on the Island for the authority’s election was 36.93% - down by almost 4% on the previous 2017 election.

    With boundary changes, made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England ahead of this year’s May elections, it is not quite as straight forward to say who has won, lost or gained seats.

    However, the once-ruling Conservative party lost seven seats and won back three but failed to gain a majority with only 18 successfully won seats.

    Two of the Conservative seats fell to the Green Party, with new councillors Claire Critchison (Chale, Niton and Shorwell) and Joe Lever (Carisbrooke and Gunville), who have both previously stood before for the authority, taking the places.

    Speaking after the decision, Ms Critchison said: “It was a bit of a surprise, being a two-horse race, but we went with it and I am really pleased the residents of the ward wanted me to do it.”Another new face will be in Binstead and Fishbourne, where Independent Ian Dore took the seat from Conservative hopeful Ed Hopper and Simon Cooke.

    Former Isle of Wight Council leader, Jonathan Bacon, is also back, gaining his seat in Brading and St Helens.

    Conservative Martin Oliver won the Mountjoy and Shide ward for the party, defeating well-known Independent Shirley Smart by 159 votes.

    In a head-to-head Labour versus Conservative battle, for Cowes North, the former parliamentary candidate Richard Quigley turned the ward red, gaining the ward from the blues, by 35 votes.

    Gaining a single seat, the new Vectis Party leader Daryll Pitcher took Wootton Bridge from Conservative Barry Abraham, with a 175-vote lead.

    The Island Independent Network also got a second seat in County Hall, with Karen Lucioni winning Ryde Monktonmead from the Conservatives earning a 161-vote gap over second place.

    In newly-formed wards Central Rural and Ryde South East, Conservatives Suzie Ellis and Warren Drew took the seats.

    No one party has a majority of seats at the moment, with talks thought to have been started to determine a coalition and a way ahead between the parties for a new make-up of the local authority.

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    Video caption: Covid 19: Isle of Wight cafe owner works at local hospital

    When lockdown forced him to close his Isle of Wight cafe, Kyle Freemantle worked at his local hospital.

  4. Counting stops in Winchester following fire alarm

    The results of the Hampshire County Council elections were expected tonight but have been pushed back.

    A statement from Winchester City Council said: "There was a fire alarm at 7.30pm at River Park Leisure Centre.

    "Following a short evacuation, all count observers, candidates and staff are accounted for.

    "We are adjourning for today and will return to continue the verification and proceed to the count of Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council ballots tomorrow at 10am."

  5. Hampshire County Council results coming in

    Maria Zaccaro

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    So far the Conservatives retained six of their 56 seats across the county and gained one in the West End and Horton Heath division in Eastleigh.

    It comes as Liberal Democrat councillor Bruce Tennent lost the West End and Horton Heath seat to Conservative candidate Steve Broomfield.

    Liberal Democract councillor and former Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton – who represented the Bishopstoke and Fair Oak division – also lost his seat to independent borough councillor Louise Parker-Jones.

    Meanwhile, Eastleigh Borough Council leader Keith House retained his county council seat for the Hamble division with with 2,915 votes.

    The Lib Dems also retained seats in Eastleigh South and Eastleigh North.

    The Conservatives have so far retained four of the five seats in the Rushmoor division but lost Aldershot North division to Labour candidate Alex Crawford.

    The Tories retained seats in Aldershot South, Farnborough South, Farnborough West and Farnborough North where councillor Roz Chadd, former county council cabinet member for education, has been re-elected.

    It comes as all of the 78 seats at Hampshire County Council are up for grabs as county-wide elections are held every four years.

  6. Island's leader loses council seat to Green rival

    Claire Critchison

    Early indications suggest the leader of Isle of Wight Council has lost his seat in the island's elections.

    Votes are still to be confirmed but Conservative leader Dave Stewart believes he has been ousted as ward councillor for Chale, Niton and Whitwell by his Green Party rival Claire Critchison.

    Mr Stewart, who has been leader for four years, said: "I think it was always close because there were only two candidates – myself and the Green candidate.

    "That’s the democratic process and, genuinely, I wish well to the person who’s replaced me."

    The results of the island's elections have not yet been announced while some postal votes are checked, but Mr Stewart said he did not believe it would be enough to alter the outcome.

    He said, despite losing his seat, he was hopeful the Conservatives would retain control of the council.