Tories romp to record victory at district council elections
THE Conservatives broke all electoral records in East Hampshire last night.
They won an overwhelming 39 out of 44 seats at the East Hampshire District Council elections, extending their majority to make it the widest in the history of the council.
The Liberal Democrats suffered a horrendous night, with only five candidates, all representing wards in Whitehill and Bordon, returned by voters.
Most notable of the Lib Dem casualties to lose power was their leader Jerry Janes, who lost out in Alton Wooteys to Tory Cllr David Orne.
In total the Lib Dems lost nine seats.
The Conservatives took all six Alton wards, gaining five seats in the town.
Elsewhere they made gains in Horndean Kings, Horndean Murray, Clanfield and Finchdean and in Petersfield Causeway.
More to follow.
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