THE Conservatives look poised to take back control of Winchester City Council after a knife-edge set of elections.

Tory leader George Beckett believes he will get crucial support from the two Independents after Thursday’s polling was counted today (FRI). The Independents say he is being premature.

The Liberal Democrats lost one seat to end on 27; the same as the Conservatives, who gained one.

The Independents still have two and Labour are back with veteran councillor Chris Pines snatching his old ward.

There was a merry-go-round set of results. Labour took St John and All Saints from the Lib Dems; the Lib Dems took Whiteley from the Tories by only 12 votes; but crucially the Tories grabbed Compton and Otterbourne from the Lib Dems.

For full report see the Hampshire Chronicle on May 12.