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UKIP make gains in Hampshire County Council elections - live coverage
Updated 9:36am Friday 3rd May 2013 in News
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- UKIP make gains in the county council elections
- 78 seats are up for grabs at Hampshire County Council
- Tories have 51 of seats available
- Council has £1 billion budget
- Smallest turn out for 20 years predicted
Figures for the parties show that:
Conservatives have 45 seats - down six
Lib Dems have 17 - dopwn eight
UKIP now have ten seats
Labour have four - up three
Independents doubled their seats to two.
It appears then that the Tories have retained their hold of Hamsphire County Council although UKIP have gained at least ten seats as well as coming second in a number of others.
It was a very close call in the final Forest seat of North Totton.
In the end it was the UKIP candidate Chris Lagdon who continued a good night for his party by pipping the Tory candidate by just 11 votes.
|Chris Lagdon - Winner||UK Independence Party||1026|
|Jacquie Shaw||Liberal Democrat||597|
|Alan Weeks||Green Party||908|
Here are the results from Totton South and Marchwood
Totton South and Marchwood
|Beverley Golden||Green Party||312|
|David Harrison - Winner||Liberal Democrat||1724|
|Bob Menhennet||UK Independence Party||1000|
The results for Ringwood are in:
|Hugh McGuinness||UK Independence Party||997|
|Steve Rippon-Swaine - Winner||Conservative||1426|
|Sally Rose||Green Party||359|
The Tory chair of New Forest District Council Alexis McEvoy lost her seat on the county to UKIP.
The result of the South Waterside seat:
|Brian Dash||Liberal Democrat||850|
|Philip Fawkes - Winner||UK Independence Party||1368|
|Lorella Weeks||Green Party||140|
The Tories also held off the challenge of UKIP in Milford in the New Forest.
Milford and Hordle
|Wyn Davies||Liberal Democrat||320|
|Ian Linney||UK Independence Party||1773|
|Alan Rice - Winner||Conservative||2001|
|Julia Tremain||Green Party||230|
Deputy leader of the council Mel Kendall also kept a grip of his seat in the New Milton ward.
|Dan Fish||Green Party||222|
|Mel Kendal - Winner||Conservative||2000|
|Ann Vasilesco||UK Independence Party||1640|
|Alex Wade||Liberal Democrat||174|
The Fordingbridge seat was also held by Conservatives.
|Edward Heron - Winner||Conservative||1799|
|Sidney Rasey||UK Independence Party||920|
|Janet Richards||Green Party||253|
|Jane Ward||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||38|
|Miranda Whitehead||Liberal Democrat||604|
The Tories held Lyndhurst.
Here's the result:
|Stuart Ardern||Liberal Democrat||446|
|Keith Mans - Winner||Conservative||1817|
|Samantha Mawby||Green Party||212|
|Corrie Williams||UK Independence Party||1066|
Dibden and Hythe result:
Dibden and Hythe
|Helen Field||Green Party||352|
|Malcolm Wade - Winner||Liberal Democrat||2323|
The full result for Brockenhurst:
|Nigel Cox||UK Independence Party||977|
|Allan Hendry||Liberal Democrat||423|
|John Pemberton||Green Party||223|
|Ken Thornber - Winner||Conservative||2027|
They are still counting in the New Forest but county council leader Ken Thornber has retained his Brockenhurst seat.
Fareham Borough Council boss and newly re-elected Sarisbury Conservative councillor Sean Woodward tells reporter James Franklin: "I'm very, very pleased indeed, we seem to have held up very well.
"I'm very sad that we have lost one seat but the candidate worked very hard.
"It was very good to keep most of our seats in Fareham in the face of what was a very anti-Government result, I think a lot of people were looking at a way to protest."
Despite the loss of the Fareham Crofton seat to UKIP, the Tories still hold five of the seven Fareham seats, with Liberal Democrat Roger Price retaining Fareham Portchester.
And here's the final result from Fareham - Tories Kenneth Latham and George Ringrow have held Fareham Town, which has two seats.
|David Harrison||Green Party||415|
|Dilys Harrison||Green Party||470|
|Bob Ingram||UK Independence Party||2517|
|Peter Latham - Winner||Conservative||2802|
|David Norris||Liberal Democrat||1933|
|George Ringrow - Winner||Conservative||2686|
|David Whittingham||UK Independence Party||2207|
|Paul Whittle||Liberal Democrat||2028|
Of the remaining three seats in Winchester the Lib Dems hold two seats and the Tories one
|Clive Boot||UK Independence Party||707|
|Jackie Porter - Winner||Liberal Democrat||2908|
|Kim Comotto||UK Independence Party||959|
|Christopher Day||Liberal Democrat||574|
|Roger Huxstep - Winner||Conservative||2453|
Liberal Dems lose WInchester Eastgate to the Tories by seven votes after a recount.
|Dave Boyes||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||32|
|Brian Collin||Liberal Democrat||1741|
|Fiona Mather - Winner||Conservative||1748|
|Bradley Monk||UK Independence Party||580|
|Michael Wilks||Green Party||457|
An interview with victorious candidate Rob Humby
It was a tight fight in the Romsey Extra between two of Hampshire's most experienced politicians.
But it was Hampshire's current education chief Roy Perry who beat former Romsey MP Sandra Gidley.
|Iain Bell||UK Independence Party||1198|
|Sandra Gidley||Liberal Democrat||1754|
|Roy Perry - Winner||Conservative||1897|
The Lib Dems have held their Romsey Town seat.
|Dennis Armstrong||UK Independence Party||912|
|Mark Cooper - Winner||Liberal Democrat||2547|
Local politics stalwart Alan Dowden has held his seat in the Baddesley ward.
Here's the result:
|Paul Cadier||UK Independence Party||1084|
|Alan Dowden - Winner||Liberal Democrat||2150|
The Tories have held Test Valley Central.
Test Valley Central
|Andrew Gibson - Winner||Conservative||3011|
|Richard Rowles||Liberal Democrat||697|
|Michael Wigley||UK Independence Party||1277|
UKIP have done well elsewhere in Hampshire and have taken two of the three county seats up for grabs in the Andover area.
The independent candidate has won the Lymington seat.
Here's the result:
|Michael Beggs||UK Independence Party||0|
|Jacqui England - Winner||Independent||1635|
|Sally May||Green Party||259|
|Stephen Moss||Liberal Democrat||245|
1:00am Fri 3 May 13
Interesting that UKIP win in Fair Oak when the only party to put a leaflet out here was Lib Dems. Apathy is a major area of concern with this election, does anyone understand the difference between local and county politics nowadays- in fact is there not scope to scrap the County Council and make local authorities accountable for everything in their boundaries? No doubt save double expenses as well
New UKIP Fareham Crofton councillor Christopher Wood, below, tells reporter James Franklin: "I am absolutely overjoyed and very proud to have been elected to represent my home village of Stubbington.
"Nationally UKIP were always going to have a good night by there was always a question as to whether percentages would be turned into seats."
The 23-year-old, who is a former Conservative Party member, added: "I'm looking forward to getting stuck in."
That's all the results in from Eastleigh - what a night for UKIP.
From a position where the Lib Dems held six of the seven divisions in the area covered by Eastleigh Borough Council, they now hold just three with UKIP gaining three and Conservative stalwart Colin Davidovitz holding his Chandler's Ford seat.
The full result from Eastleigh West:
|Alan Broadhurst||Liberal Democrat||1533|
|Chris Greenwood - Winner||UK Independence Party||1604|
|Hopping Hog||Official Monster Raving Loony Party||29|
|Stuart Jebbitt||Green Party||107|
|Ania Waterman||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||22|
UKIP win another seat in Eastleigh - that makes it three so far tonight.
Just when things appeared to be going smoothly - there's a recount in Winchester Eastgate
Tories hold their stronghold of Winchester Southern Parishes.
Winchester Southern Parishes
|Vivian Achwal||Liberal Democrat||803|
|John Henderson||UK Independence Party||687|
|Patricia Stallard - Winner||Conservative||1618|
While we're waiting for the first result here at Romsey, Lib Dem candidate for Romsey Extra Sandra Gidley tells the Daily Echo she thinks Roy Perry has retained his seat.
"I wanted to put up a good fight. I'm just upset about losing two councillors in Eastleigh," she said.
Martin Tod holds Winchester Westgate for the Lib Dems.
|David Abbott||UK Independence Party||607|
|Adam Freeman||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||25|
|James Leppard||Labour and Co-Operative||405|
|Martin Tod - Winner||Liberal Democrat||2046|
|Dave Walker-Nix||Green Party||361|
The Conservatives grab Bishop's Waltham from the Lib Dems.
|Roger Bentote||Liberal Democrat||1642|
|Vivienne Young||UK Independence Party||1018|
|Rob Humby - Winner||Conservative||1992|
Members of the UKIP team in the New Forest
Things look bleak for the Tories in Winchester Westgate - long faces while Lib Dems look buoyant.
Still to be announced though.
There are clearly no hard feelings between Dr Julian Lewis, Tory MP for New Forest East, and Cllr Ron Scrivens, who recently quit the Conservatives and defected to UKIP.
The two men shook hands and chatted amicably after spotting each other at the New Forest count.
Cllr Scrivens is supporting Cllr Chris Lagdon, who is bidding to win Totton North for UKIP.
The Chandler's Ford result is in where Tory party spokesman Colin Davidovitz has held his seat.
The full result is:
|Joe Cox||Green Party||124|
|Colin Davidovitz - Winner||Conservative||1919|
|James Duguid||Liberal Democrat||1557|
|John Edwards||UK Independence Party||1073|
The result from that Fareham Crofton ward is:
|Jim Forrest||Liberal Democrat||697|
|Christopher Wood - Winner||UK Independence Party||2691|
This is turning into a night to remember for UKIP - the party wins its third seat of the nigh - this time one in Fareham.
Christopher Wood has wrestled Fareham Crofton from Conservative Tim Knight by a margin of nearly 1,000 votes.
Here's that full result:
|Sue Hardie||Liberal Democrat||255|
|Geoffrey Hockley - Winner||Conservative||1602|
Another result over in Fareham and guess what? It's another hold, with Conservative Geoffrey Hockley retaining Titchfield ward.
None of the four results already announced in Fareham were expected to change hands though - they've all stayed with the same parties for three elections now.
The two which are less easy to predict - Fareham Town and Crofton - are the only two remaining.
In the New Forest one Tory party stalwart said South Waterside, where the candidates include district council chairman Cllr Alexis McEvoy, was too close to call.
He added that Totton North appeared to be a four way contest.
It's not going to be a good night for us, he said.
Adjudication has begun at Mountbatten school in Romsey beginning with the Test Valley Central ward.
Deputy Returning Officer Roger Tetstall has called the candidates and their agents for that ward over to that side of the hall.
The result from West End and Hedge End Grange Park:
West End and Hedge End Grange Park
|Sarah Lyon||UK Independence Party||1261|
|Bruce Tennent - Winner||Liberal Democrat||1520|
They're all coming from Eastleigh.
|Angela Cotton||Green Party||138|
|Kevin Milburn||Christian Party||56|
|Andy Moore - Winner||UK Independence Party||1609|
|Christopher Thomas||Liberal Democrat||1440|
The Bishopstoke and Fair Oak result is:
Bishopstoke and Fair Oak
|Martin Lyon - Winner||UK Independence Party||1824|
|Angela Roling||Liberal Democrat||1657|
Here's another result - from Botley and Hedge End.
Botley and Hedge End
Botley and Hedge End
|Rupert Kyrle - Winner||Liberal Democrat||1806|
|Steve Robinson-Grindey||UK Independence Party||1652|
Here's the result for Hamble:
|Keith House - Winner||Liberal Democrat||1941|
|Chris Martin||UK Independence Party||1402|
And another Lib Dem seat goes in Eastleigh.
It's UKIP doing the damage again with Martin Lyon winning the Bishopstoke and Fair Oak seat.
It's at the expense of Angela Roling.
Andy Moore, below, tells the Daily Echo: "You are talking to your new Hampshire County Councillor.
"I have just made history. This seat has never been won by anyone other than the Lib Dems since 1993."
But Liberal Democrat leader Keith House has held on to his seat securing 1,941 votes. UKIP second.
Also safe is out going Eastleigh Mayor Rupert Kyrle who holds on to his Botley and Hedge End seat
Huge shock in Eastleigh where Andy Moore, the UKIP candidate, has declared victory at the expense of Lib Dem stalwart Chris Thomas.
The second of those results from Fareham is now in.
It is Fareham Portchester:
|Roger Price - Winner||Liberal Democrat||2410|
|John Vivian||Green Party||325|
Fareham Borough Council leader Tory Sean Woodward, pictured, has kept his seat on the county council.
Here's his result:
|Mary Holliday-Bishop||Liberal Democrat||393|
|Seán Woodward - Winner||Conservative||1957|
They're getting a shift on over in Fareham - another two results are on the way.
Turnout announced in Winchester:
The overall average is 37.4 per cent.
The breakdown is: Bishop's Waltham 37.9; Itchen Valley 43.8; Meon Valley 36.9; Winchester Downlands 42.8; Winchester Eastgate 34.7; Southern Parishes 29.6; Winchester Westgate 36.1.
In Eastleigh early indications suggest Keith House is safe in his Hamble division.
Nationally, Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck, pictured with party leader Ed MIliband, won the South Shields parliamentary by-election today, with the UK Independence Party (Ukip) coming second.
She beat Ukip's Richard Elvin by 6,505 votes in the contest triggered by former foreign secretary David Miliband's decision to quit.
The Conservatives finished in third, but the Liberal Democrats were pushed down to seventh place.
Fareham borough council leader and Conservative Sean Woodward tells reporter James Franklin the turnout is "exactly as expected".
About the expected surge in UKIP votes, he said: "UKIP is without doubt now the party of the protest vote because it has otherwise historically been the Liberal Democrats, but now they are part of the Government they are tainted."
He added that he expects his party to come out with a majority of the seats in Fareham.
We are hearing whispers that there could be some upsets in Easteligh tonight.
The UKIP camp is looking very up beat, according to reporter Julian Robinson.
There are some worried looking faces among the Lib Dem ranks as they peer at the voting slips mounting up on the trestle tables. Could it be that we are in for some surprises this morning?
UKIP candidates are now at Mountbatten School in Romsey while Baddesley incumbent Alan Dowden has also arrived. He said he shaken following his car accident but added: "I was at the polling station, people were coming out and saying don't worry Alan, I voted for you.
"I would be surprised if I lost. I'm fairly confident."
Mr Dowden has been ward councillor for 22 years.
At Winchester the count in the Bishop's Waltham and Winchester Westgate divisions are well underway. The Conservatives and Lib Dems look serious; Labour look more chilled as they know they won't win.
UKIP look stern too - but for most of them, this looks like the first time they have done anything like this. UKIP candidate in Winchester Eastgatr Bradley Monk, 19, is having to learn fast. A national tabloid this week ran a story featuring a photo of him at a Halloween party wearing a Jimmy Savile mask.
First result of the night announced in Fareham - Conservative Keith Evans has held his Warsash seat.
Here is a breakdown of the vote:
|Keith Evans - Winner||Conservative||2041|
|Miles Grindey||Green Party||216|
|Craig Lewis||Liberal Democrat||161|
|David Nightingale||UK Independence Party||731|
We are hearing whispers that there could be some upsets tonight. The UKIP camp is looking very upbeat.
It's all gone a bit quiet locally, but elsewhere Labour have just retained South Shields by-election - the seat vacated by David Miliband.
UKIP were second - again.
Turnout in Fareham's Crofton division is an impressive 45 per cent - only 1.3 per cent less than in 2009.
That means the overall turnout in Fareham today was 31 per cent.
Hampshire is one of only six councils in the country counting overnight.
The others are Lincolnshire, Dorset, Essex, Somerset and Gloucestershire
At Fleming Park the Monster Raving Loony Party has arrived with their Eastleigh West candidate Hopping Mad Hog and his slightly less extravagantly named count agent Michael Barnes.
Hopping Mad Hog has branded the turn out "woeful". He is hoping to secure 150 votes.
Here he is:
The New Forests two Tory MP's have arrived at the count. Desmond Swayne, who represents New Forest West, is chatting to Edward Heron, Conservative candidate for Fordingbridge.
Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery wanders into the hall, perusing the tables and chatting with former city council colleague Rob Humby, the Tory candidate for Bishop's Waltham.
Things are noticeably quieter as the tension gently mounts in the hall.
"It's going to be close," says UKIP's Eastleigh East division candidate Andy Moore.
He is bidding to oust Liberal Democrat Chris Thomas, chairman of Eastleigh Borough Council's Eastleigh Local Area Committee.
Fareham Borough Council chairman Sean Woodward chats to town mayor Dennis Steadman as there is a bit of a lull in proceedings at Ferneham Hall.
It would take an enormous swing for anyone to oust Cllr Woodward from his Fareham Sarisbury seat - he took an enormous 64.14 per cent of the vote at the last election.
His nearest rival only took 12.85 per cent.
One man in optimistic mood at the New Forest count is Cllr Chris Lagdon, below, who is bidding to win Totton North for UKIP.
He said: "There are an awful lot of UKIP votes, an awful lot.
"Win, lose of draw, we are going to bloody a few noses."
The counting for the Romsey Extra ward has begun.
Nervous party representatives and candidates are concentrated near that part of the Mountbatten School hall now.
Here's the break down of the Eastleigh turn out:
Bishopstoke and Fair Oak: 4,556 (33.73 per cent)
Botley and Hedge End: 5,030 (34.7 per cent)
Chandler's Ford: 4,920 (40.24 per cent)
Eastleigh East: 4,143 (32.13 per cent)
Eastleigh West: 4,541 (34.19 per cent)
An overall turn out of 33 per cent in the area covered by Eastleigh Borough Council.
Here's the scene at Fleming Park Leisure centre in Eastleigh sent by Julian Robinson.
All 13 boxes from Test Valley Central Ward have now arrived.
One other noted absentee is Lib Dem candidate and Baddesley incumbent Alan Dowden, below, who is recovering after he was involved in a minor car accident a few weeks back.
But fellow Lib Dem candidate Mark Cooper (Romsey Town) believes his seat is safe.
James has added that the turnout in Fareham Town has just been announced as 31 per cent - we're just waiting on the Crofton division but, as expected, a low turnout in the town today.
Echo reporter James Franklin has sent some turnout figures i - 30 per cent of residents turned out in the Warsash and Portchester divisions, 27 per cent in Titchfield and just 24 per cent in Sarisbury.
With all the ballot boxes in in Fareham and verification completed, the counting of the votes has now begun.
Counting getting underway in the New Forest
Andrew Mooney, who is standing for Labour in the Fareham Warsash ward, says the party are confident of increasing their share of the vote.
The party claimed a mere 5.36 per cent of the vote in Warsash in 2009.
He said: "I'm hoping we have done OK.
"Certainly in last year's Borough elections there was an improvement, and I think a lot of people are unhappy with the Coalition's policies.
"One of the big issues has been the turnout, which might be quite low despite the sun today."
Liberal Democrat leader Keith House does have his arm in a sling after all.
Here he is at the count at Fleming Park Eastleigh.
Some of the New Forest candidates have retired to the first floor cafe while they wait for the first results to be declared at Applemore.
One or two are keeping in touch with the national political scene by watching Question Time on a large wall mounted TV screen.
Echo reportert Chris Yandell has sent this video of the count in the Forest.
At Winchester returning officer Stephen Whetnall announces that, once all the ballots have been verified, there will be a ten-minute break.
Was there the hint of a weary cheer above the general hubbub? asks reporter Andrew Napier.
It's only 11.35!
Here's another video of all the action in Winchester.
One hour in and all the candidates are at Romsey but there is still no sign of any UKIP representatives or candidates.
Thirteen more ballot boxes from the Test Valley ward waiting to come through to Mountbatten School in Romsey in order to verify the number of votes cast before the counting begins.
It was expected that the rural ward would be the last to have all boxes in.
County council leader Ken Thornber has arrived at the New Forest count.
Cllr Thornber is defending a large majority in brokenhurst and seems certain to retain his seat.
Others watching the count include Cllr Alexis McEvoy, below, one of the candidates in South Waterside.
She is also chairman of New Forest DIstrict Council.
The district council leader, Cllr Barry RIckman, is not standing in the election but has arrived at Applemore to support Tory candidates.
Things starting to get serious at Winchester Guildhall.
The counters, often swift-fingered bank staff, are being watched like hawks by candidates or party activists sitting across the table.
As with Winchester officials and candidates in Fareham are also talking about a low turn-out, despite today's sunny weather.
The majority of candidates are now pacing around the Solent Hall in Fareham as the counters get down to work in earnest.
The most eagerly awaited result will be Fareham Town. In 2009 Tories John Bryant and Raymond Ellis, who had 2273 and 1632 more votes respectively than their nearest rival in 2009's elections.
But neither stood in the ward in this year's election (Cllr Ellis is standing in the Portchester ward) and there is a feeling those might be the seats most likely to change political allegiance in Fareham tonight.
Most of the war wounds suffered by candidates throughout the election campaign are metaphorical - but 18-year-old Fareham Warsash candidate Miles Grindey, got more than he bargained for when he was out leafleting this week.
The Green Party candidate was sent to hospital after a dog bit his finger. Laughing the injury off, he said: "It's a bit unfortunate, but it's a memory of the occasion."
And here's a pic of MIles with the injury.
Keith House has arrived to a ripple of applause from Lib Dem supporters at the count in Eastleigh.
His right arm appears to be in a sling.
Returning officer Stephen Whetnall announces all the ballot boxes are now at the Guildhall, arriving from far flung places like Southwick and Micheldever.
The number of members of the public in the public gallery? None!
Andrew Napier has sent this video of the scene from the count at Winchester.
Former Romsey MP, now county Lib Dem candidate Sandra Gidley, below, who is standing in Romsey Extra has admitted she is "absolutely knackered" .
She said has been up since 5.30am canvassing for votes!
Romsey Labour candidates and husband and wife team Peter Sowerby (Romsey Extra) and Elizabeth (Test Valley Central) say they are looking to improve the number of votes for their party.
"We're giving people the chance to vote for an alternative. We hope to increase our count for the last time," said Elizabeth.
"There's always a chance of winning," said Peter.
Candidates are talking about low turn out in Winchester.
Winchester mayor Frank Pearson said in parts of Swanmore where it normally reaches 60 percent it was down towards 40.
The trestle tables are set up, the counters are in place in the Bapsy Hall and the count is underway in Winchester.
Nervous candidates prowl the margins watching as the ballot boxes are emptied and the votes spread across the table.
First results expected at about midnight. Seven seats being counted; five Lib Dems and two Tories.
Below, Green Party candidate Alan Weeks watches the counting.
The first of the candidates have arrived at Mountbatten School.
Roger Curtis, the Conservative candidate in Baddesley, said he's "very confident".
There's a gentle buzz of noise in the school hall at Mountbatten School in Romsey while the counters sift through the votes, says reporter Ed Stilliard.
Ballot boxes continue to be brought to the Whitenap Road school in dribs and drabs.
New Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has returned to the scene of his Parliamentary victory in the town.
It seems like only yesterday that he was surrounded by a huge media scrum in this very spot having been announced as Chris Huhne's successor arriving in the hall to cries of "We like Mike".
In Winchester, home of the county council, counting is getting underway says reporter Andrew Napier, who has sent this picture.
In Eastleigh, says reporter Julian Robinson, all eyes will be on whether UKIP can follow up on their impressive showing in the recent Eastleigh by-election which was called after shamed Chris Huhne resigned.
I have just overheard one candidate saying: "History is going to be made today."
Excitement is mounting in the New Forest, where postal votes are already being counted, says Chris.
One of the ballot boxes is also understood to have arrived.
Everyone is wondering which of the eleven results is likely to be declared first.
At the New Forest count reporter Chris Yandell is keeping an eye on things.
Echo photographer James Newell has sent this picture of the ballot papers arriving in Eastleigh.
Candidates have started to gather, watching on nervously as the boxes are emptied on to the rows of temporary counting tables.
No sign yet of Liberal Democrat leader Keith House, below, who is looking to return as Hamble's representative on Hampshire County Council.
It is just one of seven divisions being contested in the area covered by Eastleigh Borough Council.
Although, said Julian, the sports hall is not quite the hive of activity it was when Eastleigh's by-election was gripping the nation earlier this year, there is still a keen sense of anticipation.
At Eastleigh Echo chief reporter Julian Robinson says that theverification of votes is under way hat Fleming Park Leisure Centre with boxes arriving from polling stations all the time.
The first ballot boxed are being looked through in Fareham, with the volunteers counting up the boxed for Fareham Town - the division which will elect two councillors - getting a headstart on their colleagues.
First of the ballot boxes has arrived at Mountbatten School in Romsey where four seats are being contested, says Ed.
Our correspondent in Romsey, Ed Stilliard, has just reported some movement.....
Fareham Borough Council chief executive Peter Grimwood, below, who is deputy returning officer, welcomes the counters and urges them to be competitive, fast, but above all accurate.
A smattering of candidates are filtering into the Solent Hall at Ferneham Hall in Fareham, where we are awaiting the arrival of the first ballot boxes.
Daily Echo reporter James Franklin is witnessing the goings on at the count in Fareham tonight and sent this picture.
At the age of 80 council leader Ken Thronber, below, is looking to lead the Conservatives to victory.
The Tories are confidents as usual that they can retain control of the country's biggest shire county.
We have reporters at counts across Hampshire to bring you all the updates and drama of election night.
The polling stations have closed and the canvasing is now over - there is nothing more the candidates can do now.
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