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Lib Dems and Tories share spoils

LOCAL COUNCIL RESULTS

  Councillors Councils
Party +/- Total +/- Total
After 312 of 312 councils.
CON 911 5315 39 165
LAB -505 1877 -8 34
LD -246 2171 -4 23
OTH -162 1112 0 5
NOC - - -27 85

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The local election results in Sussex have seen the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives sharing the spoils.

The leader and his deputy in Brighton and Hove City Council were among 10 Labour councillors to lose their seats, while the Conservatives gained six.

The election of nine new Lib Dem councillors in Eastbourne saw the party producing a swing away from the Tories.

In Horsham, the Conservatives took eight seats from the Liberal Democrats to increase their grip on power.

Along the south coast in Worthing, the Tories took one seat from the Lib Dems to retain control of the council.

By-election defeats

The Tories have added to their healthy majority on Rother District Council, which is now up to 28, and the Liberal Democrats also won two seats.

But by-election defeats seem to have cost the Tories power in Hastings.

Labour gained both the Gensing and Silverhill wards in the East Sussex town.

The turnout for the two Hastings by-elections was 2,930, representing 39.7% of the electorate.

Hastings, along with Adur District Council, was among the few English councils outside London not having main polls on Thursday.

A third of seats were contested in Worthing and Crawley councils, while the other Sussex councils had all their seats up for grabs.

Tory gains

In Horsham, the Tories consolidated their power, gaining eight seats from the Liberal Democrats.

The Tories also took control of Crawley, which was previously under no overall control.

Crawley's Conservative group took four seats from Labour, consolidating its gain in the town last year.

The Conservatives retained control of Wealden District Council keeping their 34 seats, and Arun District Council after gaining six seats.

In Chichester, the Tory group retained control, gaining eight seats from the Lib Dems.

Mid Sussex, which was previously under no overall control, is now run by the Conservatives who gained six seats.

But the Lib Dems kept control in Lewes, despite losing four seats while the Conservatives gained six.

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