Tory councillor loses seat in shock win for Green Party candidate in Meon Valley

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A Tory councillor has lost her seat on Winchester City Council after being beaten by a Green Party candidate.

Malcolm Wallace defeated Conservative councillor Linda Gemmell to win the Central Meon Valley seat.

Mr Wallace, who beat Ms Gemmell by more than 750 votes, becomes the first Green Party representative on the council. Ms Gemmell had been the ward councillor since 2018.

The full result:

Candidate Party Result
GEMMELL Linda Eileen Elizabeth Conservative 1203
GREGORY Thomas Joseph Liberal Democrats 294
HARVEY Stefanie Patricia Labour 71
WALLACE Malcolm William George Green 1955
Turnout 46.83%

In Bishop’s Waltham, Conservative councillor Steve Miller retained his seat.

Candidate Party Result
CANNON Richard Green 299
HAINES Steve Labour and Co-operative 167
MILLER Stephen Charles Conservative 1248
WILLIAMS Jonathan Liberal Democrats 947
Turnout 41.31%

And the Tories retained the Upper Meon Valley seat.

Candidate Party Result
BOLTON Neil James Conservative 1128
NEEDHAM Richard Green 157
RILEY Yvette Liberal Democrats 654
TURNER Stephen Richard Labour 59
Turnout 44.62%
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