By Jonathan Isaby
Yesterday saw a raft of council by-elections in Exeter due to the Government scrapping plans for a new unitary authority, and therefore requiring councillors who were set to serve an extra year before new all-out elections to seek a new mandate.
Labour were defending 5 seats (one of which was latterly represented by the elected Labour councillor as an Independent), the Conservatives 4, the Lib Dems 3 and the Liberals 1, and when counting concluded in the early hours Labour had won 7 of the seats seats, the Conservatives 5 and the Lib Dems just 1.
Labour gained two from the Tories and recovered the one lost previously through the defection, whilst the Conservatives gained one from the Lib Dems and one from the continuity Liberal Party.
By my calculations, this means that this morning the council is made as follows:
- Labour – 15
- Conservative – 12
- Lib Dem – 10
- Liberal – 3
Detailed results of yesterday's contests to follow later.
- Alphington ward – Lib Dem hold
- Cowick ward – Lab gain from Con
- Exwick ward – Lab gain from Ind
- Heavitree ward – Con gain from Liberal
- Pinhoe ward – Lab gain from Con
- Polsloe ward – Con hold
- St David's ward – Lib Dem hold
- Duryard ward – Con gain from Lib Dem
- Mincinglake ward – Lab hold
- Newtown ward – Lab hold
- Priory ward – Lab hold
- Whipton and Barton ward – Lab hold
- Topsham ward – Con hold