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- UKIP gain a councillor in Fareham
- Labour hold Southampton
- Lib Dems hold Eastleigh
- Fareham remains Conservative
- Winchester results due throughout Friday
We finally have the breakdown of the results at Millbrook, where two seats were up for election.
|Josh Asker||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||47|
|Tara Bosworth||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||61|
|Paul Alexander Clarke||Liberal Democrat||258|
|Mike Denness - Winner||Labour||1404|
|Steven Galton - Winner||Conservative||1305|
|Pearline Hingston||UK Independence Party||916|
|Daniel Sebastian Payne||Green Party||416|
|Stephen Charles Plumridge||Independent||216|
Some pictures from the count at Winchester.
Wonston and Micheldever
|Antony de Peyer||Labour||133|
|Stephen Godfrey - Winner||Conservative||1149|
|Jocelyn Penn-Bull||UK Independence Party||270|
|Katy Toms||Liberal Democrat||462|
Wonston and Micheldever
|Antony de Peyer||Labour||133|
|Stephen Godfrey - Winner||Conservative||1149|
|Jocelyn Penn-Bull||UK Independence Party||270|
|Katy Toms||Liberal Democrat||462|
Droxford, Soberton and Hambledon
|Caroline Dibden - Winner||Conservative||618|
|Robert Negus||Liberal Democrat||161|
|Adam Freeman||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||53|
|Helen Osborne - Winner||Conservative||1236|
|Susan Witt||Liberal Democrat||1095|
|Judith Clementson||UK Independence Party||622|
|Kirk Phillips - Winner||Conservative||1206|
|Margaret Scriven||Liberal Democrat||208|
Owslebury and Curdridge
|Laurence Ruffell - Winner||Conservative||756|
|Anne Stoneham||Liberal Democrat||160|
|David Walbridge||UK Independence Party||263|
Swanmore and Newtown
|Sheila Campbell||Liberal Democrat||311|
|Vicki Weston - Winner||Conservative||1078|
There will be a recount for the St Barnabas ward as results are very close between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
RT @JOEINMILLBROOK: Local Southampton Green candidates pleased to double voting share in a national surge for our party. http://t.co/Qettfb…— @SotonGreenParty 23 May 2014
|Margot Power - Winner||Liberal Democrat||1177|
|Richard Coleman||Liberal Democrat||583|
|John Henderson||UK Independence Party||169|
|Ian Tait - Winner||Conservative||1127|
|Roger Bentote||Liberal Democrat||794|
|David McLean - Winner||Conservative||1024|
|Vivienne Young||UK Independence Party||414|
|Lucille Thompson - Winner||Liberal Democrat||848|
|Roger Huxstep - Winner||Conservative||785|
|Ian Norgate||UK Independence Party||306|
|Simon Warwick||Liberal Democrat||149|
|Caroline Horrill - Winner||Conservative||482|
|Eleanor Bell||Liberal Democrat||201|
|Rose Prowse - Winner||Liberal Democrat||655|
|Ruth Smith||UK Independence Party||227|
|Dave Anderson||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||16|
|Dominic Hiscock - Winner||Liberal Democrat||838|
|Michael Wilks||Green Party||434|
Oliver’s Battery and Badger Farm
|Patrick Fancett - Winner||Liberal Democrat||850|
|Chris Barton-Briddon||UK Independence Party||208|
St John and All Saints
|Clive Gosling - Winner||Labour||710|
|John Higgins||Liberal Democrat||362|
Colden Common and Twyford
|Nigel Burwood||UK Independence Party||310|
|Richard Izard - Winner||Liberal Democrat||1057|
Here is the breakdown of votes cast in Southampton, not including Millbrook, where the recount has yet to happen.
The first result from Winchester:
Cheriton and Bishop’s Sutton
|Mark Jones||UK Independence Party||163|
|Chris Day||Liberal Democrat||178|
|Harry Verney - Winner||Conservative||436|
Results from Winchester are now beginning to filter through, as counting there didn't begin until this morning.
Meanwhile, the recount for Millbrook in Southampton is due at midday.
For the full list of all the Southampton results declared so far click here.
And for those waiting for the Millbrook result, you're just going to have to wait.
After one recount the returning officer decided to postpone another recount until midday.
There are two seats up for grabs but we will not know who has got them until after another recount in Committee Room 3 at Southampton Civic Centre at 12 o'clock.
We're still waiting for one more result - from Millbrook in Southampton.
But both Labour and the Tories have had reason to celebrate.
|James Gilbert Cappleman||Liberal Democrat||178|
|Darren Jonathan Galpin||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||51|
|Nigel Eustace Lloyd Hecks - Winner||Conservative||1188|
|John Robert Gordon||UK Independence Party||1147|
|Hannah Coombs - Winner||Labour||1776|
|Steven Hulbert||Liberal Democrat||197|
|Gary Stuart Laxton||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||32|
|Nick Ray||UK Independence Party||742|
|John Charles Thomas Spottiswoode||Green Party||328|
|Peter Graham Galton||Liberal Democrat||168|
|Colin Brendan Hingston||UK Independence Party||796|
|Keith Morrell - Winner||Independent||1654|
|Lindsi Bluemel||Green Party||346|
|Linda Boulton||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||42|
|Adrian Cook||UK Independence Party||810|
|Trevor James Cooper||Labour||908|
|John Inglis - Winner||Conservative||1191|
|James Arnold Read||Liberal Democrat||291|
While the Lid Dems lost their leader Tory chief Royston Smith held on to his seat in Harefield.
|Vincent Lawrence Avellino||UK Independence Party||825|
|John Robert Charles Dennis||Liberal Democrat||204|
|Mohamed Said Mohamud||Labour||850|
|Graham O'Reilly||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||70|
|Royston Matthew Smith - Winner||Conservative||1915|
Back in Eastleigh - it is another Lib dem victory.
Chandler's Ford West
Tony Agnew (UKIP) - 329
Alan Broadhurst - lib dem - 981
Peter Clayton (lab) - 122
James Foulds - con - 472
Liberal Democrat leader Adrian Vinson has lost his seat on the city council.
|Nick Chaffey||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||98|
|Paul O'Neill - Winner||Conservative||1147|
|Cara Anne Sandys||Green Party||508|
|Adrian Vinson||Liberal Democrat||1096|
Southamptobn City Council leader Simon Letts keeps his seat.
|Declan Peter Clune||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||55|
|Thomas Edward Richard Collier||UK Independence Party||966|
|David John Fuller||Conservative||963|
|Simon Jonathan Letts - Winner||Labour||1153|
|Robert William Naish||Liberal Democrat||140|
|Andrew Phillip Godsell||Labour||988|
|Beryl May Harris - Winner||Conservative||1610|
|Alan Kebble||UK Independence Party||574|
|Neil Kelly||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||47|
|David Whalley||Liberal Democrat||410|
|Eileen Margaret Bowers||Liberal Democrat||493|
|Paul Lewzey - Winner||Labour||1474|
|Phil Snider||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||305|
|Matthew James Turpin||Conservative||1267|
Results are coming through in Southampton.
|Cathie McEwing - Winner||Labour||1642|
|Simon David Stokes||Liberal Democrat||250|
|Kieran Alistair Albert Wilson||Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts||435|
In Fareham, the Conservative party and the Liberal Democrats regained their seats.
Jack Englefield, who was already a councillor in the Titchfield Common ward, was elected as an independent for the first time.
UKIP were the only party to gain a seat during the Fareham elections with Stubbington candidate Christopher Wood taking the seat.
Here are the results by party:
Liberal Democrats 3
The turn out in Eastleigh was 35.2%
Dan Brain (con) - 299
Tanya Judd (TU&SAC) -26
Pete Luffman (lab) - 512
Jim Saunders (UKIP) - 768
Steven Sollitt (lib dem) - 852
Glynn Davies-Dear (UKIP) - 828
Stephen Goodall (lab) - 261
Dave Hubble(TU&SAC) - 26
Sam Snook (ind) - 106
Maureen Sollitt (lib dem) - 1150
Louise Barter (lab) - 549
Susan Hall (con) - 287
Wayne Irish (lib dem) - 1136
Andrew Moore (UKIP) - 866
Ania Waterman (TU&SAC) - 34
Fair Oak and Horton Heath
Colin Atterbury - con 634
Hugh McGuinness (UKIP) - 780
Desmond Scott (lib dem) - 1150
Mary Shephard (lab) - 244
Liberal Democrats celebrate what appears to be a good night for them in Eastleigh.
Hedge End St Johns
Margaret Allingham (lib) - 1,084
Christine mckeown (lab) - 122
Michale O'Donoghue (UKIP) - 768
Paul Redding (con) - 582
Lib dem win from independentl
After Keith House's victory is partner Louise Bloom is also celebrating.
Another hold for the Liberal Democrats - Cllr Louise Bloom is re-elected to Hedge End Grange Park.
Louise Bloom (lib) - 1,035
Geoff Budd (lab) - 208
John Martin (UKIP) - 485
Council leader and Liberal Democrat Keith House has retained his Hedge End Wildern ward on Eastleigh Borough Council.
Selina Amos (con) - 246
Andrew Helps (lab) - 112
John House (UKIP) - 369
Keith House (lib) - 821
Counting underway in Eastleigh - Echo reporter Emma Streatfield records the moment!
But while it's all over in Fareham, we could be set for a late finish in Southampton, where the counting of local votes is yet to begin.
According to reporter James Franklin European votes have now been verified and will be locked away in a secure location.
The Conservative councillors in Fareham celebrate holding on to control of the council.
Libe Dems Geoffrey Fazackarley and Roger Price have both secured the two seats up for grabs in Portchester East.
Andy Moore, Eastleigh Central candidate for UKIP, told the Daily Echo it is extremely tight he understands in a number of key wards, namely Hedge End Wildern, Hedge End St Johns, Eastleigh South, Eastleigh North, Fair Oak and Botley.
He said he believes that in those wards it is a two-way fight between the Liberal Democrats and UKIP, apart from in Botley where he says he is pretty sure I t is between the Conservatives and UKIP.
He said: "I hope we do better than what I think we've done.
"I'm trying to think positive - we may have picked up two or three seats which is tremendous if that's the case.
"It would be very significant because it's the building blocks for our future plan and our plans are to turn the whole of Eastleigh borough into UKIP control and it will happen I'm sure."
ALL THE RESULTS ARE IN
Cameron Crouchman (Lab) 426
Tina Ellis (Con) 712
Geoffrey Fazackarley (LibDem) 1,962
Peter Furby (Con) 634
Roger Price (Lib Dem) 2,134
Stuart Rose (Lab) 433
The count is now underway in Eastleigh borough. Tellers are sorting through ballot papers as candidates peer over the tables for their ward.
News that the election count is about to get underway is met with ironic clapping from Keith House, Eastleigh council leader.
Susan Bell (Con) 839
Shaun Cunningham (Lib) 797
Tom Davies (UKIP) 548
Leslie Ricketts (Lab) 209
Conservative councillor Leslie Keeble hears he's won in Fareham West.
Susan Bayford (Con) 1,620
Angela Carr (Lab) 271
Sue Hardie (Lib Dem) 261
While the excitement continues with the results in Fareham the nerves are jangling a bit in Eastleigh.
Leslie Keeble (Con) 1,405
George Neill (UKIP) 467
Rowena Palmer (LibDem) 168
Sarah Taylor (Independent) 216
James Webb (Lab) 178
Independent candidated Jack Englefield marks his victory in Titchfield Common.
UKIP candidate Chris Wood celebrates his victory in Stubbington.
Kenneth Cast (UKIP) 116
Daniel Hawkes (Lib Dem) 230
Nicholas Knight (Lab) 192
Arthur Mandry (Con) 1,498
UKIP take a seat on Fareham council - in Stubbington.
|James Smith Forrest||Liberal Democrat||646|
|David Philip Light||Labour||114|
|Christopher John Wood - Winner||UK Independence Party||1|
The percentage turn out in each ward in Fareham:
FAREHAM EAST 38%
FAREHAM NORTH 41%
Fareham North WEST 33%
Fareham South 34%
Fareham West 44%
Hill Head 47%
Locks Heath 38%
Park Gate 30%
Portchester East 39%
Portchester West 42%
Titchfield Common 35%
Jack Englefield (Independent) 989
Tom Fyfe (Con) 590
Andrew Mooney (Lab) 122
Hugh Pritchard (Lib Dem)116
Geoffrey Townley (UKIP) 351
Tory Trevor Cratwright is pleased with his victory in Warsash.
Susan Boyce (Independent) 404
Connie Hockley (Con) 1,313
Michael Prior (Lab) 266
Jill Underwood (Lib Dem) 205
There is anticipation in the hall at Fleming Park in Eastleigh as everyone is waiting for the count to start and the last few papers are verified.
Many people are consulting their phones perhaps for results elsewhere and many candidates are walking around the count area and chatting.
Others are sat in a makeshift stand set up specially.
Mary Holliday-Bishop (Lib) 287
Karen Postle (Lab) 217
Sean Woodward (Con) 1,579
Waiting anxiously for news in Southampton.
Trevor Cartwright (Con) 1,428
Miles Grindey (Green) 170
Craig Lewis (Lib Dem) 89
Nicola Moore (Lab) 157
David Nightingale (UKIP) 324
It's no wonder Keith Morrell was checking those results earlier.
History could be about to be made in Southampton.
Initial results are suggesting Keith Morrell may win in Coxford.
If he is elected, the anti-cuts councillor would be the first independent to be elected onto Southampton City Council.
Eastleigh North councillor Chris Thomas, below, Liberal Democrat, who is not for election this time round, said he is not anticipating any big surprises, such as UKIP winning lots of seats.
But he does think that there could be some very close results due to the 'Farage effect'.
Conservatives celebrate Dennis Steadman's victory in Fareham.
Brian Bayford (Con) 1,196
Martin Francis (Lib Dem) 237
Helen Price (Lab) 391
In Fareham the overall turn out was 39%
Fareham North WEST
Peter Davies (Con) 749
Bob Ingram (UKIP) 423
Jim Palmer (LibDem) 426
Steve Roberts (Ind) 102
Richard Ryan (Lab) 197
Lib Dems in Fareham celebrate Paul Whittle's win.
Independent anti cuts group leader in Southampton Cllr Keith Morrell told the Echo: "it's been an excellent campaign, I have never in all my years of canvassing for the Labour Party experienced such a warm reception on the doorstep.
"Not everybody said they were going to vote for me but he reception has been good."
Keith Barton (Con) 835
Conor Morris (Lab) 330
Paul Whittle (LibDem) 1,075
Simon Brown (Lab) 167
Pamela Bryant, below, (Con) 973
Jak Gunter (Independent) 253
David Harrison (Green) 143
Steve Richards (UKIP) 403
Peter Trott (Lib Dem) 379
FAREHAM SOUTH WARD
James Carr (Lab) 377
Sean Evans (LibDem) 120
Dennis Steadman, below, (Con) 700
Paul Sturgess (UKIP) 519
Vincent Taylor (Independent) 148
Cllr Steadman wins - Fareham South— @FarehamBC 23 May 2014
Cllr Pamela Bryant wins - Fareham North— @FarehamBC 23 May 2014
We're assuming that these signs are for live music gigs rather than tonight's election. But you never know... http://t.co/t0VO3zOTMp— @SouthamptonCC 23 May 2014
All but two of the electoral wards are undergoing the local count.
The remaining wards yet to reach this point are Fareham West and Locks Heath.
The first wards to be counted in Eastleigh will be Hedge End Grange Park, Fair Oak and Horton Heath, Hedge St John, Botley, Hedge End Wildern, Eastleigh Central, Eastleigh South and Eastleigh North.
The Daily Echo has been told by the deputy returning officer that the count in Eastleigh should start in the next half hour.
He said the delay in verifying the papers and getting the count underway was caused by the fact that there were three ballots to go through which had to be separated out and also a high number of late postal votes.
He said a few hundred postal votes had come in just today.
Daily Echo picture editor Paul Collins has captured the tension in Southampton Guildhall.
Elsewhere in the country Sunderland kept its reputation for speed when it was the first council to declare a final result.
There was an overall net loss for Labour to independent when mayor Bob Heron was defeated. The party did gain a seat from Tories but also lost one to them.
It still rules the city with a huge majority, with 63 councillors to eight Conservatives and four independents.
Things are hotting up at the Guildhall in Southampton.
The Daily Echo has been told UKIP's impact may make for some close calls in the city.
Labour's hold on at least one ward has been described as "perilous", with party councillors looking anxiously over the counters' shoulders as votes are added up.
It's a tense time in Fareham.
Local counts are now taking place in seven wards.
Candidates and supporters are hovering around counting tables as they try to work out who's in front.
Conservative group leader Royston Smith, up for re-election in Harefield, told Echo reporter James Franklin that UKIP are polling strongly in Southampton.
He said: "it's been a long, hard campaign.
"What has become more and more clear as we got closer to the. Election was that UKIP were going to do well, and there is absolutely no question about it.
"Some of the people we've spoken to who say they are voting UKIP can't even articulate what they're protesting about.
"A lot of people are protesting about 'everything', but in a country that is probably the best in the world this protesting about everything is a strange position to be in."
Cllr Judith Grajewski, Conservative candidate and current councillor for Hiltingbury West, said the key issues she has heard on the doorstep were the council under pinned Ageas Bowl hotel scheme, below, questions about why the council offices had moved to the town centre and the parking issues associated with that.
Voters were also concerned about what would happen to the former council offices in Leigh Road and parking on verges.
she did not want to predict any results but said: "I have been looking at my count in Hiltingbury West ward in Chandler's Ford and there's no unusual events to report," she said.
All ballot papers have been verified to make sure the numbers are what they should be and that none have been lost.
Eastleigh Borough Council will now lock away the euro and parish ballots in a secure fireproof place until they are counted on Sunday.
The verification of ballots is to finish shortly, according to Eastleigh Borough Council.
This is to check that the number of ballot papers expected has arrived.
Once that is done the actual count gets going in two stages.
There are eight pods of tellers and each pod has 12 people who will count the first eight wards then count the last seven.
We should have the first results by 1.30am.
There has been a flurry of activity in the last couple of minutes at ferneham Hall in Fareham.
The local count for two wards are now under way after almost two hours of counting.
Counters are overseeing votes from the Fareham North and Fareham South wards.
The feeling in the hall at. Fleming Park is that The Botley ward could be one to watch tonight.
There has been recently controversy there over plans approved for 1,400 homes at Boorley Green, including protests pictured below.
Fareham Borough Council leader Cllr Sean Woodward, who is standing in the Sarisbury Ward, told the Daily Echo: "Fareham has seen a hard fought campaign by the Lib Dems, the Conservatives, and UKIP.
"The reaction from people has been positive indeed. We are looking to protect all of our strategic countryside gaps between villages and that's very important."
The scene at the count in Southampton Guildhall.
Judith Grajewski, Eastleigh candidate and current Conservative councillor for the Hiltingbury West ward, thought she had knocked at least 1,000 if not 2,000 doors on the election trail.
"It's hard work and people do appreciate the fact that you do call on them."
Echo photograher Chris Moorhouse has sent a collection of photographs capturing the scene at Eastleigh.
Echo reporter Rory Mckeown has sent this video of the scene at Fareham's Ferneham Hall.
Eastleigh branch UKIP chairman Glynn Davies-Dear, below, said the party has received a warm welcome on the streets of Eastleigh.
He said immigration was being raised again and again on the doorstep and how that affected issues locally like housing and protecting green spaces.
He added that some residents did not feel they were being told the truth by the Liberal Democrat ruling party.
The postal vote verification is in progress for all electoral wards in Fareham.
Candidates are mingling with each other in the main hall as the count continues.
Fareham Borough Council's media officer says the results could be announced between 2am and 3am - there's a long way to go yet here in Fareham.
Eastleigh Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton said this is the first borough election where he is really not sure of the result.
He said there were a lot of three-way marginals.
Mr House added Eastleigh Council leader and Liberal Democrat candidate Keith House says anything less than UKIP taking seven or eight seats tonight would be a bad result for them.
He added: "If we find the Conservatives making significant gains that will be a bad result for the Liberal Democrats.
"Labour really want to be winning the town seats back."
Eastleigh Borough Leader Keith House, who is also up for re-election in the Hedge End Wildern ward, has been hard on the campaign trail.
He said he has knocked on more than 2,000 doors in the borough in the last few weeks and has personally delivered around 15,000 leaflets through letter boxes - more than 1,000 a day in the last four days.
The tellers are furiously at work now counting ballot papers on virtually every table while candidates wonder around and chat inside the central part of Fleming Park sports hall which has roped off for the count.
Meanwhile members of the press are awaiting the result.
All the ballot boxes are in in Southampton.
There are rumours of a higher-than-usual turnout, with an extra ballot box being needed at a polling station in Millbrook.
Daily Echo political reporter james Franklin has sent this video of the count in Southampton.
Meanwhile independent anti-cuts group leader Keith Morrell and fellow member Don Thomas oversee the counting.
At Southampton city council leader Simon Letts, who is up for re-election, is spotted pondering what teh results might bring.
The MP added that he hoped that the Liberal Democrats would be judged on local issues like council tax which they have frozen for the last year.
issues that have come up on the doorstep included the council-underpinned Ageas Bowl hotel project, immigration.
Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has been out canvassing in the borough for the Liberal Democrats in the last couple weeks as parliament was not in session.
"It's been a hard couple of weeks - there's always some people dissatisfied but most people have said even if they're not going to vote for us they say you've done a good job in the borough.
"I think national factors are playing a strong role I think especially with UKIP - their vote is a national vote."
Independent candidate Jack Englefield has attended the count in Fareham with his wife Sharon.
He is a candidate in the Tichfield Common ward.
He said: "I have kept my beliefs as an independent and was offered places on other parties, but after three years as an Independent I thought why go back?
"The public have been very positive. It's the first time we have been to polling booths and had people say they voted for me."
According to Eastleigh Borough Council's media officer they are not expecting any results to be announced before 12.30am at the earliest so here are more pictures from the count....
The count is continuing here at the Fareham local elections count.
Postal votes verification is taking place in seven of the wards, with one local verification count complete in the Fareham North ward.
Candidates, all wearing party rosettes, are in good spirits as they eagerly await the results.
Labour supporters at Eastleigh
Former Eastleigh Labour group leader and candidate for the Eastleigh South Pete Luffman said he thinks Labour are in with a shout to win that ward and the Eastleigh Central ward.
He said it looked set to be a close three horse race with the Liberal Democrats who currently hold that seat and UKIP.
"it's one we should be looking at - two years ago we lost it by 15 votes."
Finally, 24-year-old Chris Wood, UKIP candidate for Stubbing Ward in Fareham said: "I am feeling good. It should be a good night.
"We have had some sitting Lib Dem and Conservatives that have worked hard. I hope whoever gets elected does a good job.
"At 24 years old it would be good to get some young people on the council. Hopefully I can bring young, fresh ideas and improve the lives of people in Stubbington and Fareham."
Cllr Paul Whittle, leader of the Fareham Liberal Democrats and candidate for the Fareham East Ward, said: "We are optimistic. It's good for Liberal Democrats to be in government.
"The Lib Dems have achieved a lot in government and at a local level we have achieved a lot as well.
"We have got some good candidates. We work hard at local level.
"For me personally I am very pleased that people have recognised the hard work I have done over the past four years."
RIchard Ryan is representing the Labour party tonight at Fareham.
He said: "It has been an interesting election.
"There are five candidates in the Fareham North Ward and we want to do better than we have done in the past - hopefully we will.
"It's anyone's game tonight.
"The public's reaction has been favourable. We have knocked on quite a few thousand doors."
Cllr Susan Bayford is running for the Locks Heath seat. She is being supported by Fareham MP Mark Hoban.
She said: "We have had an excellent day at two polling stations. It seems to be quite busy.
"It has been a real pleasure. I'd like to feel confident."
Fareham MP Mark Hoban said: "We have taken this campaign very seriously.
"There have been people out campaigning over the last few weeks. The reaction has been positive."
All the ballot boxes have been returned at the Fareham elections count at the Ferneham Hall.
At age 19, Miles Grindey is one of the youngest candidates at Fareham Ferneham Hall.
The Green Party candidate is in the running for the Warsash ward seat.
He said: "I am feeling confident. I am hoping to come a close second or a credible third.
"It has been a great experience. I grew up in Warsash and speaking to neighbours is helping me improve my public speaking.
"I have had a positive reaction from the public.
"As a party we listen from the bottom up. We go out and find out the issues that matter most to them."
The tension is building at the Southampton count.
The leaders of all four political groups at Southampton City Council could find themselves voted out tonight.
Labour council leader Simon Letts is standing in Bitterne, Conservative opposite number Royston Smith in Harefield, Lib Dem group leader Adrian Vinson (above left) in Portswood and independent anti-cuts group leader Keith Morrell in Coxford.
Echo reporter Emma Streatfield has sent this video from Eastleigh.
Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton lwho won that dramatic by-election last year, replacing Chris Huhne, is at the count.
There are 15 seats, or one third of the council, up for re-election in Eastleigh.
With the Liberal Democrats making up 39 of the council's 44 seats, the balance of power will not be changed tonight, but how well will the other parties do?
More counting in Eastleigh
There were eight Labour, six Conservatives, two Liberal Democrats and one Independent seats up for election in Southampton today.
The ruling Labour party currently has a majority of 11, meaning a change in power is possible but unlikely.
More counting in Southampton....
Southampton City Council leader Simon Letts, who is up for re-election, watches the count in Southampton.
The first box in Fareham is in, says Daily Echo reporter Rory Mckeown.
The ballot papers for the Fareham North Ward are in.
The candidates are Simon Brown (Labour), Pamela Bryant (Conservatives), Jak Gunter (Independent), David Harrison (Green Party), Steve Richards (UKIP), and Peter Trott (LibDems).
Counting in underway at Fleming Park in Eastleigh.
In Southampton One third of city council seats in Southampton are up for grabs, along with a second seat in Millbrook after the resignation of Labour's Georgie Laming, below.