Press Release Number:260
08 June 2001

The Conservative's have retained control of West Sussex County Council with an increased majority. The new composition of the County Council is Conservative 42, Liberal Democrat 18, Labour 11. In the previous County Council Conservative's had 38 seats, Liberal Democrat 23, Labour 9 and there was one Independent.

Four sitting councillors were not re-elected. These were: Syd Little, Kingston Buci (Lib. Dem.); Catherine Morrish, Hotham (Lib. Dem.); Malcolm Brookes, Sompting (Lib. Dem.) and Michael Willett, Steyning (Cons.)

Overall the Conservatives gained six seats and lost two, Liberal Democrats gained two and lost seven and Labour gained two seats.

The overall percentage poll was 60.79 per cent. The largest turnout was in Midhurst where the poll was 69.57 per cent and Broadfield (Crawley) had the lowest turnout with 42.68 per cent.

The first meeting of the new County Council will be held on June 19 at 10.30 am, at County Hall, Chichester.