The Liberal Democrats stormed to victory last Friday (6th May) to take control of the new Somerset Council, winning 61 seats out of 110 with the Conservatives the next best with 36. 



A total of 337 candidates were vying for 110 seats and the new elected members will oversee the change from a tier-two council to a single, unitary authority for Somerset in 2023 when the current district and county electoral system will be abolished.

Gideon Amos, 2019 parliamentary candidate for Taunton Deane spoke with local democracy reporter Daniel Mumby in light of the recent results.

He said: "It’s absolutely fantastic to have an overall majority. We can form a stable administration and it’s a new start and a fresh beginning for the people of Somerset.

"We’re going to be listening to them, we want to give them the best possible ideas for the future, and serve the Somerset people.

"What it also shows is that the liberal tradition which began in Somerset is alive and well, and will be a fantastic launching pad for us to win many more parliamentary seats here in Somerset."

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