FINAL RESULT: Conservatives regain control of South Northants

Holly-Ann Battye, who posted pictures of herself on a website called 'Deviant Art'
Holly-Ann Battye, who posted pictures of herself on a website called 'Deviant Art'

THE Conservatives remain dominant in South Northants District Council - but lost two seats in the process.

Nine early wins in a number of seats meant the Tory party has done enough to maintain its majority on the council at a very early stage.

But six wins for Independent candidates, all maintaining their seats, and two gains for the Liberal Democrats meant the Tory party lost two seats on the day.

However, the council still remains ‘true blue’ as the Conservatives won 33 seats overall.

Independent candidates won six, the Lib Dems two and Labour one.

The big story of the day saw victories for Liberal Democrats Chris Lofts and Martin Johns in Towcester Brook – a major shock considering the Conservative dominance elsewhere.

But there was no such success for controversial candidate Holly-Ann Battye in Cosgrove & Grafton, where she lost out to Tory Iam McCord. Ms Battye had courted controversy during the campaign by posting provocative pictures of herself on a website called ‘Deviant Art’ and later sigining up with publicist Max Clifford.

Commenting on his victory and the Conservative success, Mr McCord said: “Clearly the voters of South Northants are content with management and policy direction the Conservatives are taking.”