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The 2014 Havant Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Havant Borough Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.
After the election, the composition of the council was
Before the election Tony Briggs announced his resignation as leader of the council and the Conservative group on the council. Mike Cheshire was chosen in April 2014 by the Conservatives as their new leader, defeating 3 other candidates.
14 seats were contested at the election with the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats standing for every seat, while the Green party stood in 8 seats and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) stood in 6 seats. The composition of the council before the election was 34 Conservatives, 3 Labour and 1 Liberal Democrat councillors.
On 19 May 2014 candidates from the 5 parties standing at the election held a debate with parking, and especially the increase in parking charges in 2013, being a major issue.
The Conservatives lost 3 seats, 2 to UKIP and 1 to Labour, but still won 10 of the 14 seats contested. This reduced the Conservatives to 31 of the 38 seats on the council, Labour went up to 4 seats, UKIP won their first 2 seats, while the Liberal Democrats remained on 1 seat. Overall turnout at the election was 32.8%, up from 27.5% at the 2012 election.
The UKIP gains from the Conservatives came in Hayling East, where John Perry took the seat after a recount, and in Stakes ward, where Gary Kerrin won by 34 votes after the Conservative councillor Olwyn Kennedy stood down at the election. Meanwhile, in the only other change Labour's Beryl Francis gained Warren Park from the Conservatives, after Mark Johnson did not stand for re-election. Among those to hold their seats were the leader of the Conservatives Mike Cheshire in Hart Plain ward and the only Liberal Democrat councillor Faith Ponsonby in Battins.
|Party||Seats||Gains||Losses||Net gain/loss||Seats %||Votes %||Votes||+/−|
|Liberal Democrats||Susan Pook||181||16.4||+9.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Faith Ponsonby||601||51.5||+16.4|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Jane Briggs||478||19.2||-0.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Bolt||135||11.3||-2.5|
|Liberal Democrats||John Jacobs||189||7.8||-0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Christopher Maple||297||8.7||-1.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Elaine Woodard||335||14.0||+0.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Anne Martin||102||3.9||-1.4|
|UKIP gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Richard Brown||139||5.2||+0.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Hilary Bolt||258||10.9||-0.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Blanch||180||6.3||-5.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Kenneth Cosslett||147||7.0||-7.3|
|UKIP gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Margaret Brown||308||30.1||+1.0|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||David Crichton||250||9.1||-7.0|
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