An independent gained a seat from Labour in Neath Port Talbot. Independents won seats in Tendring held on new boundaries.
Labour losses was the big story here. Many working class voters switched to backing independents, with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats also gaining.
Lee Pettman: In Slough, residents swung to the Conservatives – as we campaigned for a cleaner, brighter, and safer town
Despite our efforts, the national picture punished us. The problems for the party are top-down, not just with the leadership, but also CCHQ.
Gary Porter: The local elections weren’t just about Brexit. Hostility to new housing was a big factor.
The Government has committed to building 300,000 new homes by the mid-2020s. But we need to deliver this with public consent.
We took ads on Facebook to trumpet our town’s success stories. It also helped that the local MP is recognised to be fighting for Brexit.
A much-hated traffic management experiment, called the Haughton Throughabout, imposes misery on many residents caught up in daily delays.
The long-awaited Liberal Democrat revival in their traditional strongholds finally transpired. But the independents also made big gains.
We usually seen them off in Epping Forest. But it is important to deliver on Brexit to avoid grievances being exploited.
We maintained a high presence throughout the four-year term. As well as running a website and maintaining a social media presence, we produced a regular newsletter.
It will take time to rebuild confidence in what has become a very disappointed and sceptical electorate.
I have never seen so many spoiled ballots before – and every single one carried some variation of “give us Brexit now”.
The Conservatives held a seat in East Lothian. A local Residents Association held a seat in Havering.
It is easy to conclude that the Conservatives were the biggest losers. The question of who won is more complicated.
There appears to be a correlation between Conservative success and a stance that shows you support the democratic wishes of the people.
In Sevenoaks we ran an uber-local campaign. I am pleased to report that this was a successful strategy.