Waverley Lib Dems celebrate big wins in Surrey elections

The local Lib Dem team have won four of Waverley's nine Surrey County Council divisions, including three stunning gains, as the Tories are left with just two county councillors in our area.

By David Busby, May 08, 2021 5:05

Penny Rivers held her seat in Godalming North, while there were gains for Paul Follows in Godalming South, Milford & Witley, John Robini in Haslemere and Liz Townsend in Cranleigh & Ewhurst.

In Godalming North, Penny Rivers increased her majority over the Conservatives from just 239 in 2017 to more than 1,500 - taking a massive 60% of the vote.

Godalming South, Milford & Witley was a Lib Dem gain from the Tories for Paul Follows, who overturned a Conservative majority of more than 1,500 to win by over 1,000 votes. That's a swing from the Conservatives to the Lib Dems of an incredible 30.5%.

John Robini was elected as the new county councillor for Haslemere, beating the Conservative candidate by nearly 300 votes and ensuring the Tories didn't take back the seat so well represented by outgoing independent councillor Nikki Barton.

There was another spectacular Lib Dem win in Cranleigh & Ewhurst, where Liz Townsend beat the former Conservative leader of Surrey County Council by 120 votes, overturning a majority of nearly 1,000.

Elsewhere in Waverley, there were strong showings for Lib Dems Mark Merryweather in Farnham North and Julian Spence in Waverley Western Villages, with big increases in the Lib Dem share of the vote from four years ago.

With the Farnham Residents winning the three Farnham divisions, the Conservatives are left with just two county councillors in Waverley, down from six in 2017 and eight in 2013. 

It was a similar picture elsewhere in Surrey, with the Conservatives suffering heavy losses. While they still retain control of Surrey County Council, there is now a much stronger opposition grouping and the Waverley contingent of Lib Dem county councillors are determined to play their part in holding them to account and delivering the change Waverley residents have so clearly demanded.

Full details of all the results across Surrey are available here

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