Woking has now joined the Liberal Democrat Councils of Waverley, Guildford, and Mole Valley.
And, Waverley’s Liberal Democrats who have been out and about canvassing outside the borough are cock-a-hoop.
Now the Waverley Web poses the question? What does the future hold at a General Election for Guildford MP Angela Richardson and South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt?
Conservatives lost all five seats they were defending on Woking Borough Council, four of them to the Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems now hold 16 of the council’s 30 seats, giving them an overall majority for the first time since 1996.
The Conservatives have also lost seats in the other five districts and boroughs which held votes, reflecting a series of poor results across the country. In Elmbridge, they made a net loss of five seats, including another four to the Lib Dems.
In Runnymede, the Conservatives lost three seats but still hold an overall majority with 23 of the 41 seats. In Mole Valley, the Lib Dems gained two previously Conservative seats to consolidate their majority.
In Tandridge, the Conservatives lost four seats and slumped to being the third-largest party, having held a majority for more than two decades up to 2019. In Reigate & Banstead, they lost two seats to the Green Party but gained one that was previously held by an Independent councillor, meaning they still hold a majority with 27 of the 45 seats.
- Cobham & Downside: Lib Dem Laurence Adam Wells won with 1170 votes, just 12 votes ahead of the Conservatives
- Esher: Independent candidate Simon Jonathan Waugh won with 1,257 votes, taking the seat from the Conservatives.
- Hersham Village: Lib Dem Chester Robert Chandler won with 1122, taking the seat from the Conservatives by just 20 votes
- Oatlands & Burwood Park: 18-year-old Conservative Harrison Allman-Varty took what was previously an Independent seat, beating the Lib Dems by 172 votes.
- Walton Central: Independent candidate Barry James Frederick Cheyne won with 761 votes, taking the seat from the Conservatives.
- Walton North: Lib Dem candidate Nick Dodds won with 1,256 votes, taking the seat from the Conservatives by 470 votes.
- Walton South: Lib Dem candidate Kirsty Jane Hewens won with 1,671 votes, taking the seat from the Conservatives.