Election results 2017
Posted on: 9 May 2017
With a higher turnout than last time, Devon residents took the ballot box last Thursday to decide who should control Devon County Council for the next four years.
Boundary Commission changes mean that Devon now has fewer divisions than before, that’s now 60 Councillors rather than 62.
Counting of votes on Friday showed the Conservatives winning 42 of the 60 seats. Labour and the Liberal democrats each have taken seven seats, Independents have taken three seats, and a Green party candidate has been elected.
The full results are available on our website.
Speaking on Friday, Councillor John Hart, Leader of the Conservative group, said:
“I am very humbled that the people of Devon have placed their trust in us and given us a sweeping mandate to continue our work. We’ve had to make some tough decisions over the past eight years and I believe we will have more tough decisions to make in the future. But I am confident that we have made Devon County council a more efficient, effective and business-like organisation and we can now move from austerity to opportunity.”
Politicians have now to choose their Leader and Cabinet committee members, as well as a ‘scrutiny’ committee structure that will provide the independent oversight and challenge to decisions made by the council and other local Devon authorities.
“We need to establish the right climate so that more good, better-paying jobs can be created for our residents,” says Mr Hart.
“We need to ensure that our young people, especially, have better skills.
“We must work more closely together with our partners, particularly in health, to provide better social care for our elderly and vulnerable.
“And we will continue to tell the Government when they’ve got it wrong and when we believe that devon is not getting its fair share of the national cake in key areas, like schools and infrastructure.”
A full list of the elected councillors is available on our website.