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Conservatives take total control

Conservative party win in Andover
Conservative party win in Andover

It was a blue rinse for Andover as this morning’s county council election results came in.

The Conservatives won all seats in all the Andover wards.  Results started to arrive just after 1am as newcomer Kirsty Locke was  announced as the first of four Conservative candidates to win or hold their seats.

Ms Locke unseated UKIP candidate Tom Rolt from his Andover North constituency, as Andover voting followed the voting path the rest of the UK seemed to be was heading.  By the end of the night, the rest of the UK had no UKIP candidates in county council positions.

On Twitter Cllr Locke, girlfriend of new Test Valley Borough Council leader Phil North said she was “Delighted and humbled” to have been elected.

Zilliah Brooks held her seat in Andover West, easily fending off challenges from Labour candidate Andy Fitchet and Liberal Democrat Luigi Gregori.

Another newcomer Martin Boiles won Andover South from controversial independent Tony Hooke. The next nearest candidate was Liberal Democrat Richard Rowles.

At 3:45am Test Valley Central was won by Conservative Andrew Gibson. On Mr Gibson’s election, local Tory MP Kit Malthouse posted to social media, “Another one smashes it.”


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David Harber

David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.