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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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