TRIUMPHANT Tories celebrated gaining more Town Hall bargaining power by clinching a vital seat in a night of tension at Thursday s elections.

Conservative Ingrid Ainley pipped Labour hopeful Nicholas Webber by 225 votes in the vacant Pound Hill South seat to take their council total to six.

But despite the low turnout Labour again proved popular across the board with all current members up for election keeping their seats.


They also clinched two seats in Ifield - Reverend Malcolm Liles polled 776 votes and John Mortimer won the other with 863.

Rev Liles reckoned: I will need to wear two hats at meetings from now on and I am looking forward to representing the people of Ifield.

But Pound Hill proved a real triumph for the Tories and they are planning to build on their success by targeting Three Bridges next.

Delighted leader Richard Burrett, who romped home with 64 percent of the votes in Pound Hill North, beamed: Ingrid will make a very good councillor and it is nice to go up to six seats - hopefully we can move into Three Bridges to build on this.

Meanwhile Labour insisted it was a great night, winning ten seats out of 12.

Leader Tony Edwards said: It was a very good result, particularly for a mid term election.

It s regrettable we didn t win Pound Hill but we held up very well.