Stoughton ward will go to a recount, four days after the polls closed, with the Tories winning a majority and Guildford Greenbelt Group taking seats
Guildford Borough Council votes in Stoughton ward will be counted again
Counting for the local election in Guildford will continue on Monday (May 11), as a recall has been called for one remaining ward.
In the other 21 Guildford Borough Council wards, the Conservatives won a convincing majority with 34 seats; the Liberal Democrats suffering blows having only landed seven so far and the Guildford Greenbelt Group (GGG) winning three.
Labour’s Angela Gunning kept the party in the council with a seat in Stoke.
Stoughton, which is currently held by three Liberal Democrats, will not know its fate until Monday, four days after the polls closed.
Council leader, Stephen Mansbridge, kept his seat in the Ash South and Tongham Ward for the Conservatives, and the party retained many other seats across the borough.
However, there were losses for the Tories in Send, with the two seats won by a pair from the Guildford Greenbelt Group, Susan Parker, the party’s leader, and Mike Hurdle.
The Conservatives also lost one of their three seats in Clandon and Horsley, the last ward to be announced soon after midnight on Saturday (May 9), to GGG with David Reeve winning. The other two seats remained blue with Jenny Wicks and Matthew Sarti.
There was change in Westborough and Stoke, which will now have Conservative candidates representing the two wards, however, Julia McShane kept her Liberal Democrat seat in the former.
Cllr Mansbridge said: “I think going into any election you should never be presumptuous.
“I thank every resident who voted for us from the bottom of my heart and I believe that you have made the right choice for the evolution of your area going forward.”
Cllr Parker said she was delighted with getting a seat in Send, and that GGG would continue to campaign as a group.
“It is also obviously a disappointment that some of our fantastic candidates didn’t get in some of the other wards,” she said.
The Stoughton recount will take place at 11am on Monday at Guildford Borough Council’s Millmead House offices.