It's been a good night for Labour in the South East with gains across the region - in Hastings we have our biggest group of councillors ever, we've held Southampton and in Basingstoke & Dean we've had the best result in 20 years.
Where we stand after Thursday’s counts:
- Basingstoke and Dean – 3 gains on the council, that means 17 seats and our best result here for 20 years.
- In Gosport we gained a councillor from the Tories, bringing our tally to 6.
- At Labour-run Hastings – we gained a councillor giving us the biggest Labour group we’ve ever had – 24 Labour to 8 Tories
- In Havant we made a gain and now have 4 councillors.
- In Maidstone we increased our number of councillors by one, taking again from the Tories.
- In Portsmouth we lost a councillor leaving the number at 4. This is a Lib Dem stronghold and they lost 5.
- In Rushmoor we add a councillor to the group and now have 12.
- Labour gain in Southampton and hold the city council but the counting is not over yet.
A spokesperson said: “This has been a good night for Labour in the South East and further gains are predicted in key areas on Friday.
“In Hastings we have our biggest ever group on the council and in Basingstoke & Dean we made three gains and had our best result there in 20 years.
“Labour had more activists out on polling day than all the other parties combined. In the South East we’ve had some activists and candidates out all day every day to connect with voters and rebuild trust.”