At the Surrey County Council elections count for the Surrey Heath divisions there was palpable tension among candidates and supporters as the count began. Relief arrived only when each division’s result were declared: the winner happy, the losers could do no more, until the next time. See the results.
In all six divisions Conservative candidates were returned. The UKIP candidates performed particularly well, better than many had predicted. While Liberal Democrats suffered drops in their vote. Labour similarly failed to gain much traction with voters, apart from Cllr Rodney Bates, who should be gratified at the extent of his support, a recognition of his effectiveness in support of his community.
I’ve attended a number of election counts held in Camberley Theatre, and this was Surrey Heath Borough Council’s best organised election to date. Great credit should go to the counting assistants – fast and accurate.