The most eye-watering win in the county council elections, was in Farnham Central, where Andy MacLeod secured Farnham Residents’ first ever county council seat – ousting long-standing (2005) Tory Pat Frost, who also slipped behind the Lib Dems’ Jo Aylwin to finish third.
The group which has only existed for a short time doubled its tally when Stephen Spence was elected for Farnham North, beating the Conservative’s Mike Hodge into second place. But Wyatt Ramsdale saved the Tories’ blushes and prevented a Farnham Residents whitewash, retaining Farnham South by narrowly beating the Mayor of Farnham John Ward by just 63 votes.
Farnham Residents’ two seats at county-level add to the six the party, founded in 2015, already holds at both Waverley Borough Council and Farnham Town Council.
However, in the rural area south of Farnham, Waverley Western Villages, Tory councillor since 2005 David Harmer, comfortably retained his seat with a huge 1,760-vote majority.
A Residents group that was unheard of until a few years ago has been treated with utter contempt since it dared to step on ‘Your Waverley’s hallowed Tory turf.
This is its message:
A full break-down of the results of the Surrey County Council elections can be found online at www.surreycc.gov.uk.