After 6 whole hours from the first Ward result being revealed to the last on the MSDC website, finally we know the make-up of the Mid Sussex District Council for the next 4 years following the local elections on Thursday.
In 2007, Conservatives had 31 seats, Liberal Democrats 21, Labour 1, Independent 1.
If you are a fan of the Liberal Democrats, look away NOW!
In 2011 the results are as follows:
Conservatives - 45 seats
Liberal Democrats 8 seats
Labour 1 seat.
Words can not describe just how much the Lib Dems have screwed this up. They had so much ammo to use against the Conservatives and their 4 years of wastefulness. They didn't pull the trigger enough times and were made to pay the price. Yes their current national reputation doesn't help but at local level questions have to be asked of the main party leaders and the parliamentary candidate Serena Tierney. Where on earth was she during this election? She should have been in the papers putting the boot in. She didn't. How embarassing too that the Lib Dems couldn't even get enough candidates to stand in the wards. Was this because certain people in the Lib Dem's aren't liked and thus people don't want to stand? How much of an effort was made by the Lib Dems to recruit new candidates? How well did they utilise the various forms of social media to gain votes for the election?
The Lib Dems are one big joke, and I feel very sorry for the honest candidates that lost out on a seat because the top people in the party failed them. They not only failed their candidates, but they failed the public too.
Will we get any answers? Probably not. The top guys kept their seats, what should they care.
Oh, and thank you to the voters of Burgess Hill. Congratulations on voting in Emily White (Ansty) and Ginny Heard (Buxted) onto the District Council. I'm sure you can rely on these two Conservative Councillors to demonstrate their excellent local knowledge when you approach them with your problems if you live in either the Victoria Ward or Franklands.
Additionally, congratulations to Anne Jones, her gamble paid off, she narrowly beat out Janice Henwood to get a seat representing the Meeds Ward. I really do like Anne Jones. She's an excellent councillor.
And finally, Publicity Pru retained her seat in Leylands Ward. Will she still be on the Cabinet though? My guess is No. Whoever the council leader is will realise what a joke she is and keep her as far away from a top job as possible. She provides Burgess Hill Uncovered with too much content! Which will be a shame for us.
Now we wait for the Town Council results to be posted on the internet. But what does it matter anyway? (Result Now In: http://burgesshilluncovered.co.uk/council/2011-midsussex-burgesshill-election-results.html)
There is a comment facility below, it would be nice if readers could use it on this sad night for local politics.