Reigate & Banstead elections: Greens and Lib Dems make gains

Counting getting under way on Friday morning (Photo: reigate.uk)

 

The Greens and the Liberal Democrats made gains at the expense of the Conservatives in the borough elections in Reigate & Banstead, but the Conservatives still hold a clear majority of seats.

Unusually, every seat was up for election this year, as a result of new ward boundaries being introduced following a Boundary Commission review.  Normally only a third of council seats are contested each time.

The boundary review also reduced the number of councillors from 51 to 45.

The Greens now have six councillors: in Earlswood & Whitebushes they took all three seats, having previously held one, while in Redhill East they also took all three having previously held two.  

The Liberal Democrats have three councillors: they now hold all three seats in Meadvale & St John’s, having previously held just the one.

It’s important to keep in mind though that ward boundaries for this election were different.

Turn-out varied across wards between 27% and 42%.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council after May 2019 election
Group Seats +/- since May 2018 Notes*
Conservative 29 -11 Lost 1 to Green in Redhill East; lost 2 to Green in Earlswood & Whitebushes; lost 2 to Lib Dem in Meadvale & St John's
Residents 7 No change
Green 6 +3 Gained from Con: 1 in Redhill East and 2 in Earlswood & Whitebushes
Liberal Democrat 3 +2 Gained from Con: 2 in Meadvale & St John's
Total = 45 (previous council had 51). Ward boundaries differ from 2018. 

The council has published detailed results for each ward.

Next year elections will return to the “by thirds” system, with elections three years out of four.

Following the ward boundary review, not only are there fewer councillors, but also fewer wards – but all now with the same number of councillors (three).