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Dorset CThe Liberal Democrats have narrowly won control of Dorset Council after Thursday’s local elections.

The Lib-Dems now have 42 councillors out of a total of 82 across the council. It is the first time the Conservatives have lost power here for 25 years.

One high-profile casualty for the Tory party was in Gillingham where David Walsh, who had held high-level portfolios on Dorset Council in recent years, lost his seat.

However, outgoing council chair Val Pothecary and fellow sitting councillor Belinda Ridout both held their seats for the Conservatives. The third Gillingham Dorset Council seat went to Liberal Democrat candidate Carl Woode.

In Shaftesbury the Lib-Dems won both Dorset Council seats, with veteran councillor Derek Beer and Jack Jeanes both winning.

The overall turn-out across Dorset was was 33.25 percent.

There will be 82 councillors representing four political parties and in addition there are 4 independent councillors on Dorset Council. The numbers are as follows:

42 Liberal Democrats
30 Conservatives
2 Labour
4 Greens
4 Independent for Dorset/Independent other

Out of the 82 seats up for grabs, 28 are new councillors. In all, 54 seats have been retained by members who have previously served as a councillor for Dorset Council.

Find more results information about the Dorset Council and town and parish council elections held on 2 May 202 here.

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