RESULTS: Somerset County Council elect new leader as Conservatives enjoy majority

PUBLISHED: 09:46 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:43 05 May 2017

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Somerset took to the polls yesterday (Thursday) for the county council elections, with the Conservatives enjoying a clean sweep in the Sedgemoor division - ensuring an overall majority and retaining control of the council.

In the Mercury patch, seats were contested in Brent, Cheddar, Huntspill, Burnham North, Highbridge and Burnham South and King Alfred in Wedmore.

There were 230 prospective councillors running for 55 seats and the Conservatives emerged victorious, winning 35 seats.

The Conservatives now have 20 more seats than the rest of the parties put together.

The Liberal Democrats retained 12 seats, but lost two, while Labour and independent candidates earned three seats each.

The remaining five seats belong to Labour (three) and the Green Party (two).

UKIP lost all three of its seats.

This result means the Conservative Group has an overall majority of 15 seats.

As well as this, the council will have to choose a new leader as John Osman lost his seat to former Wells MP Tessa Munt.

The next full council meeting will take place on May 24 where cabinet roles will be allocated.

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