The final results have now been announced in the Isle of Wight local election.
1 Liberal Democrat
Loss of power for Conservatives
After two terms in power, the Conservative party have lost their majority at the Isle of Wight council. They originally came to power in the 2005 election, then retained their majority – slightly reduced – in 2009.
It’s widely thought that the way they implemented the financial cuts turned the Island against them. Particularly unpopular was the wholesale closing of the Tourist Information centres and public toilets. The ruling party Conservatives lost a total of nine seats.
Labour and LibDem
Cllr Reg Barry retained his seat in Nettlestone and Seaview, but will be the lone LibDem councillor. Meanwhile, Labour councillor Geoff Lumley, will be joined in the council chamber by Alan Hollands who won Lake North for Labour.
For analysis of the votes see our detailed report.