Somerset election results, half-time score: Lib Dems take Tory seats

The Liberal Democrats have won the most seats of those declared so far in the Somerset County Council elections.

With nearly half the results in the Lib Dems have won 38 and the Conservatives 12.

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Earlier the party gained the Blackmore Vale Ward, where long-term Conservative incumbent William Wallace received the fewest votes of all four candidates.

Labour have held two wards in Bridgwater, with four councillors elected there

The Tories had been in charge of Somerset County Council since 2009 with the Liberal Democrats in second place.

Lib Dem councillors Peter Seib and Jeny Snell were voted into the Brympton Ward and Nicola Clark and Sarah Dyke were elected in Blackmoor Vale.

Coker Ward elected Liberal Democrats Mike Hewitson and Oliver Patrick to the two seats available.

Labour’s local leader Leigh Redman was elected in the Bridgwater North and Central ward. Labour also picked up the second seat in that ward.

A total of 337 candidates are fighting for 110 seats in the council’s soon-to-be abolished district and county electoral system.

The elected councillors will oversee the change from a two-tier system to a unitary authority in 2023.

Somerset County Council has been controlled by the Conservatives since 2009 with the Liberal Democrats in second place.

All the wards declared so far are in South Somerset.