The recent BCP elections saw a surge of support for the Liberal Democrats, with the party gaining an impressive 15 seats on the council. This result makes them the largest party in the council by far, with 28 councillors in total to the Conservative's 12.
These results are an indication that the party's message of positive change, working hard all year round and getting basics right is resonating with voters.
During the campaign, many residents were reporting feeling frustrated and taken for granted by the previous Conservative-led administration. This frustration was evident in Talbot and Branksome Woods where the Lib Dems gained a councillor in a previously 'strong' Conservative area and the Conservative leader only managed to cling on to his seat by 5 votes.
The Liberal Democrats have maintained their stronghold in three Mid Dorset North Poole wards with all previous councillors being re-elected and two new additions. Councillor Peter Sidaway will join Councillor Vikki Slade in Broadstone after the retirement of long-standing Councillor Mike Brooke, while Councillor Clare Weight secured a seat in Canford Heath previously held by a Conservative. Councillor Weight's win has ensured that all three seats in Canford Heath are once again occupied by Liberal Democrat councillors.
As the Liberal Democrats celebrate their incredible victory, they remain focused on their mission to create positive change and move forward towards a better future for the BCP area and a council that listens to the residents.