Lib Dems take control of Teignbridge as leader Jeremy Christophers loses his seat

The Liberal Democrats have wiped the floor with the Conservative party in Teignbridge and taken control of the council.

The Tories lost 11 seats, dropping from 23 to 12. One of the shock losses was the leader of the council Jeremy Christophers . The Lib Dems gained 10  and now take control of the council with 26 seats and the Independents gained three – up from six to nine.

In his Haytor Ward, council leader Jeremy Christophers had just 222 votes, Independent member Adrian Patch scooped 376 votes with second place going to Rob Steemson on 321 votes.

The new leader elect of Teignbridge Council, veteran Gordon Hook, said they had appealed to ordinary people  who felt aggrieved about housing, graffiti and litter. And he pledged the Teignbridge would be ready to help in the worldwide fight for climate change.

Voters elected 47 councillors for the next four years – one more councillor than currently. Of the 45 councillors, 41 stood again.

Three Conservatives stood down – Stuart Barker, who was portfolio holder for corporate resources, in the Ashburton and Buckfastleigh ward; Vince Fusco, in Teignmouth East, and Ted Hockin, the chairman of Licensing, in Dawlish North East. Peter Bromell, an independent in Teignbridge North, also stood down.

Full Teignbridge results here