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LIVE: Weymouth and Portland election results
Updated 6:08pm Friday 23rd May 2014 in News
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- The old make up of the borough council was 13 Conservative councillors, 12 Labour, 7 Liberal Democrat and 4 Independents.
- Now there are 11 Conservatives, 15 Labour, 7 Liberal Democrats, 2 Independents and a UKIP councillor.
Here is a video from this morning's vote count.
The elections have now finished.
The results of the European elections will be announced at 10pm on Sunday evening.
Ray Banham lost his Melcombe Regis seat to UKIP councillor Francis Drake.
He will remain as mayor until the official handover to new mayor Kate Wheller at mayor-making next Thursday.
The Conservatives now have 11 councillors on the borough council, down from 13.
Councillor Ian Bruce said: "We were expecting with six seats up for grabs that we could have easily lost five of those to the Labour Party.
"The usual horse trading will go on but generally all the groups will work out a solution that means we can run the council for the benefit of all our electors."
Labour now have 15 councillors on the borough council.
Councillor Sandra West said she was absolutely delighted.
She said: "We want to take the council forward now and work for the people of the borough."
Ray Nowak said they would be working for people across the whole of the borough to 'improve the quality of life.'
The new make up of the council is that it is still hung with no party having overall control.
Labour are now the largest party with 15 members. Conservatives have 11. The Liberal Democrats have seven. There are two independent members and one UKIP member.
There have been three Labour gains and one UKIP gain.
Claudia Webb (Con) takes Weymouth West with a majority of five.
Craig Robert Martin (Lab) wins Wyke Regis with a majority of 22 votes. He said: "I was exceptionally nervous but everybody had put a lot of hard work in. I'm very pleased with the result." He added: "I'm looking forward to getting out there and supporting the people that voted for me and just doing the best for my community."
#WeyElections Ray Banham, who lost his seat to UKIP, said he'd continue keeping a close eye on the council - http://t.co/zqGKB0zjUy— @DorsetEchoOscar 23 May 2014
Christine said she was relieved it was over for the next four years. She's looking forward to moving forward and working together. She said: "There's quite a few campaigns we need to get up and running." She added that they haven't given up on the bus service in Southill.
Christine James (Lib Dem) keeps Westham North.
Mr Russell, 26, said he was elated. He added: "The main thing is we have to work together." He said he wanted to work together with voters to improve things. He said: "We need the voters. It's teamwork."
Cory Russell (Con) wins Wey Valley, replacing Kevin Hodder (Con) who's standing down.
Mr Brookes said this is the third time he's been on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. He said he was a little nervous about the vote because of what had been happening nationally and gains made by other parties. He said he believed the whole political landscape was changing.
Kevin Brookes (Con) takes Upwey and Broadwey, replacing Robert Dunster (Con) who's standing down.
26-year-old Gareth Rockingham said he was very pleased and was looking forward to re-energising the council. He said they had been working hard to get more young people involved.
Gareth Rockingham (Lab) takes Westham East, replacing Ian James (Con) who is standing down.
Hazel said she wasn't worried. She said: "I just feel so proud to serve such a wonderful area."
Hazel Bruce (Con) keeps her seat in Preston.
Penelope McCartney (Labour) takes Tophill West. This is her second attempt at running as a councillor for the borough council.
Mayor Ray Banham lost his seat in Melcombe Regis. He said: "I'm gutted and shocked."
Tophill West has gone from Conservative to Labour. New councillor Penelope McCartney said: "I think it's a great day for Portland. We have a really good team now working on Portland. We really care deeply."
Francis Drake becomes Weymouth and Portland's first ever UKIP councillor, winning Melcombe Regis.
Mark Tewkesbury keeps his Littlemoor seat. He said: "I'm absolutely over the moon. All the hard work has paid off."
Margaret Leicester keeps her seat at Tophill East. She said: "I just want to thank everyone that voted for me."
Paul Kimber keeps his seat in Underhill. He thanked the people of Underhill for their support. He said: "It's been a long two days and a tremendous night last night for Labour. Let's hope we can get enough seats to take control of the council."
PURBECK District Council now has no party with an overall majority after last night’s elections.
Eight of the council’s seats were up for election and the Conservatives lost their grip on the authority, which is now in no overall control.
The Tories now hold 12 of 24 seats in the chamber, with the Lib Dems on 11 and one Independent.
That man is Nigel Dragon, who now holds the balance of power.
In Lytchett Matravers, which was the only seat to change hands, just 28 votes split the Tories and Lib Dems.
The success of the Lib Dem candidate, Martyn Colvey, who gained the seat at the expense of Tory Peter Webb, is being put down to UKIP polling 248 votes in the ward.
None of the other seven seats that were up for election changed hands.
All of those who won a seat will have to fight again next year because of boundary changes.
Six long standing councillors are stepping down at this election: Robert Dunster, Ian Munro-Price, Ian James, Kevin Hodder, Dominic Lonsdale and Geoff Petherick.
People are waiting to see if Ukip make any headway in Weymouth and Portland following overnight gains across the country
Counting has got underway. Plenty of people are here. #Election2014 #WeyElections— @DorsetEchoOscar 23 May 2014
We're setting up at @weypavilion ahead of today's #Election2014 coverage. Follow it via our live blog at http://t.co/D6MA2lnvm2— @DorsetEchoOscar 23 May 2014
A third of the council places are up for election today.
The count for the elections will start at 10am.
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