Lib Dems gain Lytchett Matravers seat to put Purbeck District Council into no overall control

Bournemouth Echo: Tories lose control of Purbeck District Council Tories lose control of Purbeck District 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.

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10:18am Fri 23 May 14

Eddie's dog says...

10am Friday - typical Echo editorial priority:
Purbeck election results for major constituency eighth in list below such riveting monologues as "Salesman accused of duping dozens of businesses with ‘Little Black Book’ directory".
Lets see how far up the list our local 'democracy' gets today...........
10am Friday - typical Echo editorial priority: Purbeck election results for major constituency eighth in list below such riveting monologues as "Salesman accused of duping dozens of businesses with ‘Little Black Book’ directory". Lets see how far up the list our local 'democracy' gets today........... Eddie's dog
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11:33am Fri 23 May 14

mytown1 says...

I wish more councils would end up without an overall majority. At least then councillors have a debate instead of following party lines on local issues. Well done Purbeck I wish you well in your quest for equality without political favour.
I wish more councils would end up without an overall majority. At least then councillors have a debate instead of following party lines on local issues. Well done Purbeck I wish you well in your quest for equality without political favour. mytown1
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11:58am Fri 23 May 14

jinglebell says...

Oh my goodness!! Doth one smell a smidgen of democracy quietly raising its head ....and in Dorset.....perhaps the ghost of the Tolpuddle Martyrs hath been abroad in the subconscious?
Oh my goodness!! Doth one smell a smidgen of democracy quietly raising its head ....and in Dorset.....perhaps the ghost of the Tolpuddle Martyrs hath been abroad in the subconscious? jinglebell
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