Thousands turning out to vote across Brighton and Hove

Posted On 05 May 2011 at 6:20 pm

The fine weather has helped the turnout for the local elections across Brighton and Hove.

After a miserable start to the day, the rain stopped, the clouds lifted and the steady trickle at polling stations improved.

At stake are 54 seats on Brighton and Hove City Council.

No party had overall control going into the election, although the Conservatives had the most seats and ran the administration.

The Tories are hoping to add to their 25 seats, with 28 needed for a majority. The one vacant seat was held by a Conservative, Councillor David Smart, who died last December.

Labour and the Greens both had 13 seats, with one Liberal Democrat and one Independent.

Voters are also taking part in the national referendum on whether to replace the “first past the post” voting system for parliamentary electins with the “alternative vote” or AV system.

All the results will be published on the Brighton and Hove News website tomorrow as they are announced.

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