Conservatives lose control of county council

THE TORIES have lost overall control of East Sussex County Council it has emerged as the results of yesterday’s (Thursday) elections are now all in.

A total of 49 seats were contested, and the Conservatives lost eight councillors, including three in Hastings.

Labour celebrating victory at county council elections in Hastings

Labour celebrating victory at county council elections in Hastings

UKIP won seven seats, as did Labour, while the Liberal Democrats lost three, leaving the party with 10 seats in the county. Five independents won seats.

Overall the voter turnout was 33 per cent.

In Hastings it was 30 per cent, and a Labour landslide, with Labour councillors winning in seven of the eight wards, and the Conservatives holding on to one seat (Ashdown and Conquest).

UKIP candidates came second in five of the Hastings wards.