Hermione Roy (Green) 781 (+368)
Roy Pennington (Lab) 565 (-169)
Michael McFarlane (Con) 525 (+61)
Robert Nemeth (Con) 516 (+81)
Sue Bucknall (Lib) 454 (-216)
Dan Yates (Lab) 447 (-273)
Kevin Donnelly (Lib) 425 (-306)
Corinne Attwood (B+H Ind) 218 (-)
Tony Davenport (B+H Ind) 57 (-)
Congratulations to the Greens Sven and Hermione! They ran an honest campaign.
Good to see the Lib Dem lies backfire on them - Their 'only Lib dems and Labour can win here' leaflet was despicable - what a load of crap! The Lib Dems were even beaten by the Tories into 6th and 8th place! How they had the gall to suggest they could get '9-12 seats' - in the end they were lucky to hold onto the 2 in Brunswick+Adelaide - the Greens will surely take those as well next time - now they are in second place there.
Disappointed for Roy and Dan who worked very hard here. We will be watching Sven and Hermione to see how hard they work for Regency ward.
Overall Brighton and Hove Council results. Detailed results here.
Tories 26 (20)
Labour 13 (23)
Greens 12 (6)
Lib Dms 2 (3)
Indepen 1 (2)
I haven't fully analysed the results yet and compared the vote shares to 2003 - but the Greens taking Queens Park from Labour leader Simon Burgess and ex-leader Ken Bodfish will lead the headlines. Personally I think it is not that surprising Simon and Ken lost - if I'm honest I think this signals where some of the Labour old guard got it wrong i.e totally riding roughshod over democracy by removing councillors from committees if they failed to tow the party line (what is the point of a councillor if he cannot represent his ward?). It is also a signal to Labour for a more open and honest approach that Sue John (Labour deputy leader) also lost her seat in S. Portslade. Hopefully this will scupper Simon Burgess's attempt to secure nomination for the Kemptown parliamentary seat.
More shocking for me was the loss of a seat in the previously solid Labour seat of Moulsecomb+Bevendean and also a seat in N.Portslade. Nicole Murphy did poorly here and this probably stops her bid for Pavilion in its tracks. If you can't hold a seat when your party colleague won the vote, you can forget about being an MP.
Even those Labour candidates that did hold on in safe Labour seats have seen their majorities slashed (East Brighton an honourable exception).
The Greens predicted they would get 12 seats and that is precisely what they have got, considering how they won the vote in Brighton & Hove in the Euro elections of 2004 this is not too surprising - maybe they should have been more ambitious. Labour held 2 seats in Preston Park because their councillors there demonstrated their independence from the party line otherwise the Greens would have become the official opposition.
The frightening thing now is the thought that the Lib Dems (who lost a seat falling from 3 to 2 seats out of 54) could back the Tories in their cuts agenda and car park building. It could be tough times for social care and services in Brighton and the most disadvantaged will suffer. Even if the Tories manage to paint the railings on the seafront and rebuild the bandstand (their two most prominent promises and I am not holding my breath it will happen) the price to the poorest in Brighton will be great, as the city is clogged with traffic even more and services are cut. You two Lib Dems we are watching you and be sure this site will highlight every time you vote with the Tories!