And with the Liberal Democrats now running Guildford Borough Council for the first time – do we see a merger coming on?
‘Residents agree with our values ‘ says Guildford Liberal Democrat Leader in the wake of election victory
The Liberal Democrats’ outright victory in the GBC election is the first since 1995, when they won 23 seats out of 45. Yesterday’s tally of 25 seats (out of 48) is also their highest-ever number of seats won.
As well as the 25 seats, the new council is now made up of 10 Conservatives, the second largest party, seven Residents for Guildford and Villages, the biggest losers in the election, three Guildford Greenbelt Group and three Labour. Paul Spooner The Leader of the Conservative Group, lost his seat, which was a massive blow to the local Conservative Association.
The Liberal Democrats’ win follows their coalition with R4GV since 2020.