The votes for the County Council election on Thursday 4 May were counted overnight and the Conservative Party has retained overall control of Hampshire County Council.
Of the 78 seats on the County Council, the Conservatives won 56 seats, the Liberal Democrats won 19, Labour won 2, and the Community Campaign (Hart) won one.
This compares with the results of the 2013 elections, when the political make up of the County Council was 45 Conservatives, 17 Liberal Democrats, ten UK Independence Party, four Labour, one Independent, and one Community Campaign (Hart).
The turnout for the 2017 County Council elections was 36 per cent of the electorate.
John Coughlan, County Returning Officer and Hampshire County Council Chief Executive confirmed the next steps for the County Council: “The majority party will now meet to consider its key appointments. The Annual General Meeting of the County Council on 25 May will appoint the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Leader of the County Council. The newly elected Leader will make appointments to the Cabinet ahead of its first meeting on 19 June.
“I look forward to working with all of Hampshire County Council’s Members in serving the county’s 1.3 million residents over this next Administration period – delivering important public services; from education, roads, highways and social care for vulnerable children and adults, to access to the countryside and libraries.
“The County Council elections have run very smoothly and I would like to thank all of the staff in the district and borough councils, and the County Council for their contribution in the process.”