UKIP score victory in Horley in local elections
Voters turning out for the polls in last week's local elections produced results which saw no changes in control in the three local authorities in the Life area – but did elect East Surrey's first UK Independence Party (UKIP) councillor.
For while control at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Mole Valley District Council and Tandridge District Council remained in Conservative hands, UKIP scored a victory in Horley.
UKIP's Christian Stevens of Victoria Close, Horley, was elected councillor for Horley Central with 719 votes.
The turnout of 32.5% saw the Conservatives' Rukshana Horwood beaten into second place with 676 votes – well ahead of Labour's Linda Mabbett with 294 votes, Green Party candidate Thom Brown's 182 and Liberal Democrat Tim Deevoy, who polled 153.
And the result in Horley West was a close-run thing too, with Conservative Alexander Horwood only just hanging onto his seat by 13 votes from UKIP's Tim Brooke-Harte.
With a turnout of 34.5%, voters elected Mr Horwood with 756 votes, while Mr Brooke-Harte polled 743.
Labour's Geoffrey Smith took 257 votes, Liberal Democrat Geoff Southall 152, and Green Soo Abram 136.
Elsewhere in the Life area in Reigate and Banstead borough, the Conservatives won in Earlswood and Whitebushes, Horley East, Merstham, Redhill West, Reigate Central, Reigate Hill and South Park and Woodhatch, while the Liberal Democrats won in Meadvale and St John's, Nork Residents' Association won in Nork, and the Green Party held onto Redhill East.
With one gain for UKIP and one loss for the Independents, the political make-up of the borough council is now Conservative 37, Resident Association 7, Green Party 3, Liberal Democrat 2, UKIP 1 and Independent 1.
Voting in Tandridge district saw the Conservatives hold 34 of the 42 seats, with the Liberal Democrats elected in six seats, and Independents in two.
The turnout of voters was 42.57%. In the Life area in Tandridge district, the Conservatives held Bletchingley and Nutfield, Burstow, Horne and Outwood, and Dormansland and Felcourt.
And in Mole Valley district, the new political balance on the district council is Conservatives 19, Independents 6, Liberal Democrats 15 and UKIP 1.
The two seats in the Life area - Brockham, Betchworth and Buckland, and Capel, Leigh and Newdigate - were won by the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives respectively.