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It was a tale of two towns in yesterday’s first Dorset Council elections for Gillingham and Shaftesbury.

In Gillingham all three Conservative candidates were elected to the town’s three seats on the new council: David Walsh, Belinda Ridout and Val Pothecary. Their nearest rivals were Liberal Democrats Barry Von Clemens and Mike Gould, himself a former Conservative.

By contrast, in Shaftesbury veteran Liberal Democrat Derek Beer was voted in as was fellow Lib Dem candidate Tim Cook in the town’s two seats. They finished well ahead of the nearest Conservative candidate Julian Prichard.

Overall the Conservatives have won control of the new Dorset Council picking up 43 of the 82 seats. The Liberal Democrats came second with 29 seats, the Greens third with four and Labour won two. There are four independent councillors.

The full results can be found here: https://mapping.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/dorset-council-elections/2019/Results

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