Conservatives retain control of West Sussex County Council

Tories win 56 seats, Lib Dems 9 and Labour 5.


Release date: 5 May 2017


The Conservatives have retained control of West Sussex County Council following the local elections on Thursday 4 May.


After the votes were counted today, the Liberal Democrats became the main opposition party at County Hall.


The new constitution of the 70 member council is:


Conservatives 56 seats, Liberal Democrats 9 seats and Labour 5 seats.


Before the elections the Conservatives had 43 seats, UKIP 10, Liberal Democrats 7, Labour 6, Independent 3, with 2 vacant seats.


The size of the County Council has decreased from 71 to 70 seats because of changes approved by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.


The first meeting of the new-look Council will be on Tuesday 16 May, when appointments such as the Chairman and Leader will be made. The meeting will be webcast via


The full results can be found on the County Council website here.

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