Tories lose majority on Weston Town Council
PUBLISHED: 18:09 03 May 2019 | UPDATED: 20:02 03 May 2019
The Conservatives lost six seats but remain the largest party of Weston Town Council.
Among the big winners on the day were the Liberal Democrats, which now holds six seats thanks in part to a triple win in Central ward through Mike Bell, Robert Payne and Ella Sayce, while Conservative Richard Nightingale lost his seat.
Weston's next mayor, Martin Williams, was not elected in Milton ward where a quartet of Labour councillors - Dot Agassiz, Pete McAleer, Tim Taylor and Richard Tucker - won seats.
Hillside Lib Dems Mark Canniford, John Crockford-Hawley and Ray Armstrong all retained their seats.
James Clayton and Alan Peak kept their Bournville seats, and Catherine Gibbons made it a Labour hat-trick, winning 11 seats in total.
The Tories won narrowly in Mid Worle through Sonia Russe and Gillian Bute, as part of their 14-seat haul.
South Worle saw two councillors from the Conservatives and Labour elected thanks to David Hitchins and Peter Crew and Gillian Carpenter and David Dash respectively.
North Worle made it three Conservative representatives through Marc Aplin, Jan Holloway and Marcia Pepperall, with Denise Hunt losing her seat.
The lowest overall turn out in the Mercury patch, Winterstoke ward, where just 17.76 per cent of people casting their vote, saw Conservatives' Sarah Codling and Daniel Marcos-Ashworth elected, with Labour Ciaran Cronnelly making up the ward.
Three Conservatives in Worlebury, Lisa Pilgrim, Ian Porter and Roz Willis, retained their seats.