Last Thursday, 118 people stood for election to Elmbridge’s council – representing twelve parties (there was also one independent). A number were councillors already. Only 48 could be elected. The previous council was represented in the following way.
Following the elections last Thursday the result is as follows:As the new council has 12 fewer councillors, one would expect a general of loss of seats for all parties. Indeed whilst the Conservative party lost the most at 11 seats (10 percentage points loss), the Molesey party (1 percentage point loss) and the Thames Ditton party lost one seat each. Hinchley Wood (1 percentage point gain) and St George’s Hill party held steady. The Esher and Hersham parties gained one seat each (2 percentage point gain). Last there was one independent now there are none. The Greens, Labour and UKIP did not gain a single seat and were not close to doing so anywhere in the borough. Labour Oddly enough despite holding their seven seats the Liberal Democrats made the biggest proportional gain – 3 percentage points.
As the Conservative party has lost overall control of Elmbridge the full council will have to come to a decision as to who should form the government of Elmbridge.