True Blue Surrey’s Conservative contingent at County Towers Towers has now slumped from 61 seats down to 47.
So although the 81 seat County Council is still controlled by the Tories its comfort zone is reduced.
This was assisted by some good results for the Lib Dems, Farnham Residents’ and Independents in the borough of Waverley.
FARNHAM Residents completed a clean sweep of Farnham’s three county seats, while the Lib Dems also made gains in Haslemere, Godalming South, Milford and Witley, Cranleigh and Ewhurst.
In another bruising election for the Conservatives locally, the party held onto just two of the nine available Surrey seats across Waverley borough after the results were declared at The Edge Leisure Centre in Haslemere on Friday.
David Harmer held onto his seat in Waverley Western Villages, and Afold’s Kevin Deanus took Waverley Eastern Villages for the Tories.
Waverley’s recently elected Mayor John Robini now becomes a Surrey County Councillor. Its Leader Paul Follows becomes a county councillor for Godalming South and his Lib Dem running mate Penny Rivers is returned again for Godalming North.
Cllr Follows polled 3,044 votes and his Tory rival Kirsty Anne Walden 1,886 and Labour’s Zahida Zahoor 244.
Cllr Andrew Povey a former Leader of Surrey County Council was bounced out of his Cranleigh & Ewhurst seat by Lib Dem’s Liz Townsend who is also a member of Waverley’s Executive.
The hotly contested seat required two recounts with only 120 votes separating the winner. Former Cllr Povey sought a third recount, but Returning Officer, Waverley CEO Tom Horwood, said a third recount wasn’t going to change the outcome and declared Cllr Townsend the winner. The disgruntled loser failed to make the customary congratulatory speech and sloped off home, according to onlookers.
However despite saying this when the Tories took a vote of no confidence in him as the leader: He described the new cabinet as
‘six men, four women, one known gay and no Ph D’. However, Dr Povey still managed to convince 2,198 people in Cranleigh & Ewhurst he was the man to vote for.
Here’s the full list of results across the county where Residents’ Associations are making impressive inroads onto the county’s political scene.
Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner vote counting is taking place today Saturday (May 8). Some voters thought they were voting for Cranleigh’s Liz Townsend and not the Tory hopeful Lisa Townsend!
Should have gone to Specsavers?
More pictures to follow.