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County Council elections

County Council elections are held every four years. The election was held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

County Council elections - 6 May 2021

The County Council elections were held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

50 Councillors were elected. The County Council has:

  • Conservative – 27 (30)
  • Liberal Democrats – 11 (11)
  • Labour – 5 (4)
  • Green – 4 (0)
  • Independents – 3 (5)

(pre-election number of seats in brackets)

Results map

map of the results of each division in the 6 May 2021 local elections is available.

Results

Eastbourne divisions 2021 

Hastings divisions 2021 

Lewes divisions 2021 

Rother divisions 2021 

Wealden divisions 2021 

County Council elections - 4 May 2017

The County Council election was held on Thursday 4 May 2017. Following boundary changes in 2016, 50 Councillors were elected. The County Council has:

  • Conservative – 30 (21)
  • Liberal Democrats – 11 (10)
  • Labour – 4 (7)
  • Independent – 3 (3)
  • Independent Democrats – 2 (2)
  • UKIP – 0 (6)

(pre-election number of seats in brackets)

Results

Eastbourne divisions 2017 [533.2 KB] [pdf]

Hastings divisions 2017 [329.9 KB] [pdf]

Lewes divisions 2017 [527.3 KB] [pdf]

Rother divisions 2017 [1.9 MB] [pdf]

Wealden divisions 2017 [781.0 KB] [pdf]

The raw data is available as a spreadsheet of results [26.0 KB] [xlsx]

Pre-election period guidance

Guidance for elected Members and local authority staff on the pre-election period, sometimes referred to as ‘purdah’:

East Sussex Pre-election period (Purdah)– guidance for elected members and local authority staff [248.0 KB] [pdf]

County Council elections – 2 May 2013

You can view the results of the 2013 elections here.

A total of 49 councillors were elected. Figures in brackets show how many seats were held by each party before the election.

  • Conservative – 20 (29)
  • Liberal Democrats – 10 (13)
  • Labour – 7 (4)
  • UKIP – 7 (0)
  • Independent – 3 (2)
  • Independent Democrats – 2 (0)

Electoral boundaries

The number of voters represented by each county councillor should be roughly the same in every electoral division.

Because resident numbers change, electoral arrangements are regularly reviewed by The Boundary Committee for England to make sure voters are fairly represented.

East Sussex County Council, Local Government Act 2000 The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011

We are required by law to publish how many signatures of registered voters are required on a petition, which would require the council to hold a referendum on changing its model of governance. This figure is known as the verification number.