Friday, May 05, 2006
The morning after.....
Liberal Democrats (Brian Collin) 837
Percentage Turnout 54%
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT HOLD
....which after 3 recounts came as quite a relief. The full results are at http://www.winchester.gov.uk/General.asp?id=SX9452-A781A657
Not a good night from a Liberal Democrat perspective. The Tories now control Winchester for the first time since 1987 and we find ourselves in opposition. Well, that's politics! A big thank you to the people of Olivers Battery and Badger Farm for helping see off the toughest Tory challenge we've ever faced.
Strange story of the night, as yet unresolved. Apparently the hot sealing wax used to seal the ballot box in Bishops Waltham got into the box and set the ballot papers on fire. Water was then poured in to extinguish the flames! The count for Bishops Waltham (an Independent held seat) has been postponed until 10.30 this morning. I wonder how the counters will cope with charred and soggy ballots?