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3:49am

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.

 

 

3:38am

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.

 

3:22am

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.

Totton North

CandidatePartyVotes
Chris Lagdon - WinnerUK Independence Party1026
Neville PenmanConservative1015
Jacquie ShawLiberal Democrat597
Peter SopowskiLabour204
Alan WeeksGreen Party908

3:19am

Here are the results from Totton South and Marchwood

Totton South and Marchwood

CandidatePartyVotes
Beverley GoldenGreen Party312
Alan GoodfellowLabour252
David Harrison - WinnerLiberal Democrat1724
Bob MenhennetUK Independence Party1000
Dave RussellConservative802

3:17am

The results for Ringwood are in:

Ringwood

CandidatePartyVotes
Peter HarperLabour405
Hugh McGuinnessUK Independence Party997
Steve Rippon-Swaine - WinnerConservative1426
Sally RoseGreen Party359

3:15am

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:

South Waterside

CandidatePartyVotes
Brian DashLiberal Democrat850
Philip Fawkes - WinnerUK Independence Party1368
Alexis McEvoyConservative1053
Michael PerkinsLabour266
Lorella WeeksGreen Party140

3:12am

The Tories also held off the challenge of UKIP in Milford in the New Forest.

Result:

Milford and Hordle

CandidatePartyVotes
Amy CoakesLabour306
Wyn DaviesLiberal Democrat320
Ian LinneyUK Independence Party1773
Alan Rice - WinnerConservative2001
Julia TremainGreen Party230

3:09am

Deputy leader of the council Mel Kendall also kept a grip of his seat in the New Milton ward.

New Milton

CandidatePartyVotes
Dan FishGreen Party222
Caroline HexterLabour378
Mel Kendal - WinnerConservative2000
Ann VasilescoUK Independence Party1640
Alex WadeLiberal Democrat174

3:06am

The Fordingbridge seat was also held by Conservatives.

Fordingbridge

CandidatePartyVotes
Edward Heron - WinnerConservative1799
Sidney RaseyUK Independence Party920
Janet RichardsGreen Party253
Paul ToyntonLabour266
Jane WardTrade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts38
Miranda WhiteheadLiberal Democrat604

3:04am

The Tories held Lyndhurst.

Here's the result:

Lyndhurst

CandidatePartyVotes
Stuart ArdernLiberal Democrat446
Kenneth KershawLabour278
Keith Mans - WinnerConservative1817
Samantha MawbyGreen Party212
Corrie WilliamsUK Independence Party1066

3:00am

Dibden and Hythe result:

Dibden and Hythe

CandidatePartyVotes
Peter DanceLabour351
Helen FieldGreen Party352
Michael HarrisConservative1546
Malcolm Wade - WinnerLiberal Democrat2323

2:57am

The full result for Brockenhurst:

Brockenhurst

CandidatePartyVotes
Nigel CoxUK Independence Party977
Brian CurwainLabour222
Allan HendryLiberal Democrat423
John PembertonGreen Party223
Ken Thornber - WinnerConservative2027

2:35am

They are still counting in the New Forest but county council leader Ken Thornber has retained his Brockenhurst seat.

2:32am

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.

2:25am

And here's the final result from Fareham - Tories Kenneth Latham and George Ringrow have held Fareham Town, which has two seats.

Fareham Town

CandidatePartyVotes
James CarrLabour804
David HarrisonGreen Party415
Dilys HarrisonGreen Party470
Bob IngramUK Independence Party2517
Peter Latham - WinnerConservative2802
David NorrisLiberal Democrat1933
George Ringrow - WinnerConservative2686
Richard RyanLabour737
David WhittinghamUK Independence Party2207
Paul WhittleLiberal Democrat2028

2:21am

Of the remaining three seats in Winchester the Lib Dems hold two seats and the Tories one

Itchen Valley

CandidatePartyVotes
Andrew AdamsLabour198
Clive BootUK Independence Party707
Lisa GriffithsConservative1851
Jackie Porter - WinnerLiberal Democrat2908


Downlands:

LD 2571
Con 1863
UKIP 850
Lab 260

Meon Valley

CandidatePartyVotes
Kim ComottoUK Independence Party959
Christopher DayLiberal Democrat574
Roger Huxstep - WinnerConservative2453
David Picton-JonesLabour322

2:16am

Liberal Dems lose WInchester Eastgate to the Tories by seven votes after a recount.

Winchester Eastgate

CandidatePartyVotes
Dave BoyesTrade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts32
Brian CollinLiberal Democrat1741
Patrick DaviesLabour636
Fiona Mather - WinnerConservative1748
Bradley MonkUK Independence Party580
Michael WilksGreen Party457

2:16am

An interview with victorious candidate Rob Humby

2:13am

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.

Romsey Extra

CandidatePartyVotes
Iain BellUK Independence Party1198
Sandra GidleyLiberal Democrat1754
Roy Perry - WinnerConservative1897
Peter SowerbyLabour208

2:03am

The Lib Dems have held their Romsey Town seat.

Romsey Town

CandidatePartyVotes
Dennis ArmstrongUK Independence Party912
Mark Cooper - WinnerLiberal Democrat2547
Nick MichellConservative1224
David StevensLabour259

1:57am

Local politics stalwart Alan Dowden has held his seat in the Baddesley ward.

Here's the result:

Baddesley

CandidatePartyVotes
Paul CadierUK Independence Party1084
Roger CurtisConservative1151
Alan Dowden - WinnerLiberal Democrat2150
Viv MackayLabour306

 

1:48am

The Tories have held Test Valley Central.

Test Valley Central

CandidatePartyVotes
Andrew Gibson - WinnerConservative3011
Elizabeth SowerbyLabour352
Richard RowlesLiberal Democrat697
Michael WigleyUK Independence Party1277

1:46am

UKIP have done well elsewhere in Hampshire and have taken two of the three county seats up for grabs in the Andover area.

1:41am

The independent candidate has won the Lymington seat.

Here's the result:

Lymington

CandidatePartyVotes
Michael BeggsUK Independence Party0
Jacqui England - WinnerIndependent1635
Sally MayGreen Party259
Stephen MossLiberal Democrat245
Alan O'SullivanConservative1334
Lena SamuelsLabour245

1:37am

1:00am Fri 3 May 13

ReverendPaul says

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

1:36am

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."

Daily Echo:

1:34am

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.

1:28am

The full result from Eastleigh West:

Eastleigh West

CandidatePartyVotes
Alan BroadhurstLiberal Democrat1533
Chris Greenwood - WinnerUK Independence Party1604
Hopping HogOfficial Monster Raving Loony Party29
Stuart JebbittGreen Party107
Andy MilliganConservative659
James PendersLabour579
Ania WatermanTrade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts22

1:27am

UKIP win another seat in Eastleigh - that makes it three so far tonight.

1:26am

Just when things appeared to be going smoothly - there's a recount in Winchester Eastgate

1:23am

Tories hold their stronghold of Winchester Southern Parishes.

Result:

Winchester Southern Parishes

CandidatePartyVotes
Vivian AchwalLiberal Democrat803
John CooperIndependent382
John HendersonUK Independence Party687
Sheena KingLabour197
Patricia Stallard - WinnerConservative1618

1:23am

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.

1:21am

Martin Tod holds Winchester Westgate for the Lib Dems.

Result:

Winchester Westgate

CandidatePartyVotes
David AbbottUK Independence Party607
Adam FreemanTrade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts25
James LeppardLabour and Co-Operative405
Ian TaitConservative1652
Martin Tod - WinnerLiberal Democrat2046
Dave Walker-NixGreen Party361

 

1:17am

The Conservatives grab Bishop's Waltham from the Lib Dems.

Bishops Waltham

CandidatePartyVotes
Roger BentoteLiberal Democrat1642
Robert RudgeLabour287
Vivienne YoungUK Independence Party1018
Rob Humby - WinnerConservative1992

1:16am

Members of the UKIP team in the New Forest

Daily Echo:

1:14am

Things look bleak for the Tories in Winchester Westgate - long faces while Lib Dems look buoyant.

Still to be announced though.

1:13am

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.

1:11am

The Chandler's Ford result is in where Tory party spokesman Colin Davidovitz has held his seat.

The full result is:

Chandler's Ford

CandidatePartyVotes
Beryl AddisonLabour238
Joe CoxGreen Party124
Colin Davidovitz - WinnerConservative1919
James DuguidLiberal Democrat1557
John EdwardsUK Independence Party1073

1:08am

The result from that Fareham Crofton ward is:

Fareham Crofton

CandidatePartyVotes
Jim ForrestLiberal Democrat697
Tim KnightConservative1764
Leslie RickettsLabour188
Christopher Wood - WinnerUK Independence Party2691

1:08am

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.

1:05am

Here's that full result:

Fareham Titchfield

CandidatePartyVotes
Jack EnglefieldIndependent917
Sue HardieLiberal Democrat255
Geoffrey Hockley - WinnerConservative1602
Michael PriorLabour347

1:04am

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.

1:04am

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.

1:03am

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.

1:01am

The result from West End and Hedge End Grange Park:

West End and Hedge End Grange Park

CandidatePartyVotes
Pete LuffmanLabour237
Sarah LyonUK Independence Party1261
Paul ReddingConservative742
Bruce Tennent - WinnerLiberal Democrat1520

1:00am

They're all coming from Eastleigh.

Eastleigh East

CandidatePartyVotes
Angela CottonGreen Party138
Chris GilkesLabour436
Kevin MilburnChristian Party56
Andy Moore - WinnerUK Independence Party1609
Michael ReadConservative454
Christopher ThomasLiberal Democrat1440

12:58am

The Bishopstoke and Fair Oak result is:

Bishopstoke and Fair Oak

CandidatePartyVotes
Colin AtterburyConservative656
Martin Lyon - WinnerUK Independence Party1824
Angela RolingLiberal Democrat1657
Mary ShephardLabour406

12:56am

Here's another result -  from Botley and Hedge End.

Botley and Hedge End

Botley and Hedge End

CandidatePartyVotes
Ian BennettConservative1263
Andrew HelpsLabour294
Rupert Kyrle - WinnerLiberal Democrat1806
Steve Robinson-GrindeyUK Independence Party1652

12:55am

Here's the result for Hamble:

Hamble

CandidatePartyVotes
Keith House - WinnerLiberal Democrat1941
Elizabeth LearConservative969
Chris MartinUK Independence Party1402
Chris RogersLabour254

12:54am

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.

12:50am

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."

Daily Echo:

12:49am

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

12:49am

Huge shock in Eastleigh where Andy Moore, the UKIP candidate, has declared victory at the expense of Lib Dem stalwart Chris Thomas.

12:47am

The second of those results from Fareham is now in.

It is Fareham Portchester:

Fareham Portchester

CandidatePartyVotes
Raymond EllisConservative1145
Roger Price - WinnerLiberal Democrat2410
Stuart RoseLabour430
John VivianGreen Party325

12:46am

Fareham Borough Council leader Tory Sean Woodward, pictured, has kept his seat on the county council.

 

Daily Echo:

Here's his result:

Fareham Sarisbury

CandidatePartyVotes
Angela CarrLabour434
Mary Holliday-BishopLiberal Democrat393
Seán Woodward - WinnerConservative1957

12:41am

They're getting a shift on over in Fareham - another two results are on the way.

12:38am

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.

12:38am

In Eastleigh early indications suggest Keith House is safe in his Hamble division.

12:37am

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.

Daily Echo:

12:35am

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.

12:33am

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?

Daily Echo:

12:31am

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.

12:30am

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.

12:25am

First result of the night announced in Fareham - Conservative Keith Evans has held his Warsash seat.

Here is a breakdown of the vote:

Fareham Warsash

CandidatePartyVotes
Keith Evans - WinnerConservative2041
Miles GrindeyGreen Party216
Craig LewisLiberal Democrat161
Andrew MooneyLabour250
David NightingaleUK Independence Party731

12:23am

We are hearing whispers that there could be some upsets tonight. The UKIP camp is looking very upbeat.

12:22am

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.

12:18am

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.

12:17am

Hampshire is one of only six councils in the country counting overnight.

The others are Lincolnshire, Dorset, Essex, Somerset and Gloucestershire

12:15am

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:  Daily Echo:

12:14am

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.

12:13am

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.

12:09am

"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.

12:04am

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.

12:02am

One man in optimistic mood at the New Forest count is Cllr Chris Lagdon, below, who is bidding to win Totton North for UKIP.

Daily Echo:

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."

12:00am

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.

11:58pm

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)

11:58pm

An overall turn out of 33 per cent in the area covered by Eastleigh Borough Council.

11:57pm

Here's the scene at Fleming Park Leisure centre in Eastleigh sent by Julian Robinson.

11:56pm

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.

Daily Echo:

 

But fellow Lib Dem candidate Mark Cooper (Romsey Town) believes his seat is safe.

11:53pm

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.

11:52pm

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.

11:51pm

With all the ballot boxes in in Fareham and verification completed, the counting of the votes has now begun.

11:51pm

Counting getting underway in the New Forest

Daily Echo:

11:48pm

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."
 

11:45pm

Liberal Democrat leader Keith House does have his arm in a sling after all.

Here he is at the count at Fleming Park Eastleigh.

Daily Echo:

 

11:42pm

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.

11:39pm

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.

 

11:38pm

One hour in and all the candidates are at Romsey but there is still no sign of any UKIP representatives or candidates.

11:37pm

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.

Daily Echo:

11:34pm

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.

Daily Echo:

The district council leader, Cllr Barry RIckman, is not standing in the election but has arrived at Applemore to support Tory candidates.

11:31pm

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.

11:31pm

As with Winchester officials and candidates in Fareham are also talking about a low turn-out, despite today's sunny weather.

To find out a weather forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend click here

11:29pm

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.

11:28pm

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.

Daily Echo:
 

11:25pm

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.

11:22pm

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!

11:17pm

Andrew Napier has sent this video of the scene from the count at Winchester.

11:16pm

Former Romsey MP, now county Lib Dem candidate Sandra Gidley, below, who is standing in Romsey Extra has admitted she is "absolutely knackered" .

Daily Echo:

She said has been up since 5.30am canvassing for votes!

 

11:13pm

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.

11:10pm

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.

11:07pm

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.

Daily Echo:

11:03pm

The first of the candidates have arrived at Mountbatten School.

Roger Curtis, the Conservative candidate in Baddesley, said he's "very confident".

11:00pm

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.

10:58pm

New Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has returned to the scene of his Parliamentary victory in the town.

Daily Echo:

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".

10:50pm

In Winchester, home of the county council, counting is getting underway says reporter Andrew Napier, who has sent this picture.


Daily Echo:

10:47pm

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."

 

10:46pm

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.

10:45pm

At the New Forest count reporter Chris Yandell is keeping an eye on things.

10:38pm

Echo photographer James Newell has sent this picture of the ballot papers arriving in Eastleigh.

Daily Echo:

10:35pm

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.

Daily Echo:

10:32pm

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.

10:32pm

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.

 

10:29pm

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.

Daily Echo:

10:26pm

First of the ballot boxes has arrived at Mountbatten School in Romsey where four seats are being contested, says Ed.

10:21pm

Our correspondent in Romsey, Ed Stilliard, has just reported some movement.....

10:19pm

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.

Daily Echo:

10:16pm

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.

10:16pm

Daily Echo reporter James Franklin is witnessing the goings on at the count in Fareham tonight and sent this picture.

Daily Echo:

10:12pm

At the age of 80 council leader Ken Thronber, below, is looking to lead the Conservatives to victory.

Daily Echo:

10:11pm

The Tories are confidents as usual that they can retain control of the country's biggest shire county.

10:09pm

We have reporters at counts across Hampshire to bring you all the updates and drama of election night.

10:08pm

The polling stations have closed and the canvasing is now over - there is nothing more the candidates can do now.

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12:12am Fri 3 May 13

House Sparrow says...

It is no good trying to make the county council elections interesting - watching paint dry has more appeal!
It is no good trying to make the county council elections interesting - watching paint dry has more appeal! House Sparrow

12:39am Fri 3 May 13

stay local says...

The question is will Ania Waterman manage to upset the polls in Eastleigh west by soundly beating her main competitor Hoping Hop. I guess with Southy's help the lead by the monster raving loony party will be unasailable and once again the TUSC will face defeat!
The question is will Ania Waterman manage to upset the polls in Eastleigh west by soundly beating her main competitor Hoping Hop. I guess with Southy's help the lead by the monster raving loony party will be unasailable and once again the TUSC will face defeat! stay local

1:00am Fri 3 May 13

ReverendPaul says...

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
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 ReverendPaul

2:27am Fri 3 May 13

stay local says...

Well there it is then! What will Southy say about this rout, beaten into last place behind the monster raving loony party.
22 votes out of 4533. a staggering 0.4853% of the votes cast how will you explain this one..... Media blackout, wobble of the earth, people too scared to vote because of the big cat or perhaps they spent the day at one of your hidden ice rinks. Face it Southy people can see through your drivel and your postings on here whilst entertaining do nothing for the election credentials of your coalition (ops sorry me bad you hate coalitions).
Well there it is then! What will Southy say about this rout, beaten into last place behind the monster raving loony party. 22 votes out of 4533. a staggering 0.4853% of the votes cast how will you explain this one..... Media blackout, wobble of the earth, people too scared to vote because of the big cat or perhaps they spent the day at one of your hidden ice rinks. Face it Southy people can see through your drivel and your postings on here whilst entertaining do nothing for the election credentials of your coalition (ops sorry me bad you hate coalitions). stay local

8:53am Fri 3 May 13

emma38 says...

I think a re vote ought to be done in Lymington as the winning candidate went out vote catching by giving out awards 2 and 3 weeks before polling day and getting her photo in the paper and visiting local schools giving out awards.or stand down she was warned the fist time she got her photo in the paper then done the same a week later ..
I think a re vote ought to be done in Lymington as the winning candidate went out vote catching by giving out awards 2 and 3 weeks before polling day and getting her photo in the paper and visiting local schools giving out awards.or stand down she was warned the fist time she got her photo in the paper then done the same a week later .. emma38

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