BREAKING NEWS: Lib Dems keep control of Eastbourne Borough Council

Colin Swansborough, Pat Hearn and Jim Murray - councillors for Hampden Park ward SUS-150905-132242001
Colin Swansborough, Pat Hearn and Jim Murray - councillors for Hampden Park ward SUS-150905-132242001
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All the borough council election results have been announced at Eastbourne Town Hall with the Liberal Democrats retaining control of the administration.

As expected, the Liberal Democrats retained seats across Eastbourne in Devonshire, Hampden Park, Langney and St Anthony’s while the Conservatives kept the blue flag flying in Ratton, Sovereign and Meads but suffered a humiliating defeat in Upperton where they lost all three seats to the Lib Dems.

Sammy Choudhury, Margaret Salsbury and Pat Rodohan - councillors for Upperton ward SUS-150905-134836001

Sammy Choudhury, Margaret Salsbury and Pat Rodohan - councillors for Upperton ward SUS-150905-134836001

Old Town was the closest battleground with a recount of the bundles of ballot papers which eventually saw the Lib Dems keep hold of their three seats.

It means the Lib Dems now have overall control of the council with 18 councillors and the Conservatives have nine.

Devonshire, Hampden Park, Langney and Sovereign were the first four wards to be counted this morning (Saturday).

In Langney, Lib Dem councillors Harun Miah, Alan Shuttleworth and Troy Tester were re-elected.

Raymond Blakeborough, Penny Di Cara and Gordon Jenkins - councillors for Sovereign ward. SUS-150905-132230001

Raymond Blakeborough, Penny Di Cara and Gordon Jenkins - councillors for Sovereign ward. SUS-150905-132230001

In Hampden Park, Lib Dems Pat Hearn and Jim Murray were re-elected and Colin Swansborough, a former councillor, was also elected for the party after Mike Thompson stood down.

In Devonshire, Liberal Democrats Margaret Bannister and Steve Wallis were elected and newcomer Steven Holt was elected after Neil Stanley stepped down.

In Sovereign, Conservative Councillor Gordon Jenkins was re-elected along with newcomers Penny Di Cara and Ray Blakeborough.

In Ratton there were no surprises as Conservatives Colin Belsey and Colin Murdoch were re-elected and former county councillor Tony Freebody takes up the Conservative post left vacant when Sandie Howlett stepped down.

Eastbourne borough election count at the Town Hall. SUS-150905-115310001

Eastbourne borough election count at the Town Hall. SUS-150905-115310001

In Meads there were two spots left vacant with the departure of Conservative Caroline Ansell who stood down to concentrate on her bid to become MP and local Tory party leader David Elkin.

Meads stalwart Barry Taylor was re-elected along with fellow new Tories Robert Smart and Kathy Smethers.

In St Anthony’s Liberal Democrats David Tutt and Gill Mattock were re-elected with new face Dean Sabri after Jon Harris stood down.

In Old Town mayor Janet Coles was re-elected along with John Ungar and despite stiff competition from the Conservatives, Lib Dem Jonathan Dow makes up the third Lib Dem member but only narrowly after beating Tory Anne Angel by around 30 votes.

Troy Tester, Harun Miah and Alan Shuttleworth - councillor for Langney ward SUS-150905-132256001

Troy Tester, Harun Miah and Alan Shuttleworth - councillor for Langney ward SUS-150905-132256001

All of the council was up for election this year.

When voters went to the polls on Thursday they voted for 27 councillors – as well as the town’s MP for the next five years.

Conservative Caroline Ansell swept to victory and ousted Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd.

The council was controlled by the Liberal Democrats with 15 councillors, 12 Conservative councillors and one Independent.

Keep up to date with all the results here on the Herald website, on Facebook and on Twitter @Eastbournenews

Margaret Bannister, Steve Holt and Steve Wallis - councillors for Devonshire ward SUS-150905-134848001

Margaret Bannister, Steve Holt and Steve Wallis - councillors for Devonshire ward SUS-150905-134848001