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Local Elections 2019: Berkshire & Hampshire

Picture credited to Bracknell Forest Council

Here's a roundup of the results and reactions from the local elections in Berkshire, North Hampshire and East Hampshire.

In Berkshire the Tories have held onto Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham - and Labour remain in charge in Slough. 

Over in Reading, Labour now hold 30 seats in the council and have kept control, after a third of seats went up for election.

A turnout of just under 34% was recorded.

The Liberal Democrats did gain the Tilehurst ward - and there was also a victory for the Green Party in the Redland ward.

Reading Council's Twitter page has posted this summary of how the council now looks.

Labour Whitley Ward Councillor and prospective Reading West parliamentary candidate Rachel Eden was at the count at Rivermead.

She gave The Breeze her reaction to the results:

The results for West Berkshire's elections are due to be declared this afternoon.

In South Oxfordshire it's been a very bad night for the Conservatives.

Their majority has now gone, with council now under no overall control.

Meanwhile in North Hampshire, the Conservatives have managed to hold onto Test Valley Borough Council, which they had been in control of previously - taking areas including Andover Romans.

But that wasn't without some difficulty, with seats being picked up by parties including the Liberal Democrats and the newly formed Andover Alliance.

The council's current leader, Conservative Councillor Phil North, was elected after his ward was uncontested, but he's told us it's been a tough night all round.

The Conservatives also managed to hold onto a majority in Basingstoke and Deane - securing 31 of the available 60 seats.

In Hart the District Council remains under no overall control after yesterday's vote.

Here's a summary of who's been elected there.

To East Hampshire now and the Conservatives remain in control of the District Council.

There have been some successes for the Liberal Democrats, Labour and a few Independents in the area though.

The council's tweeted a map showing how it now looks.

Over in Surrey, Surrey Heath has remained Conservative.

The big shock in Hampshire came in Winchester though.

The Liberal Democrats have taken control of the City Council from the Conservatives.

We spoke to the now-former City Council leader Conservative Caroline Horrill, who says despite losing control, she's still feeling positive:

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