IT WAS the night the Brexit whirlwind of betrayal and despair would come and claim the Conservative Party and in Worcester it came within 198 votes of doing just that.
Less than 200 votes were the difference between the Tories retaining their position as the largest party on the council and slipping back behind behind the Labour party in the face of a remain resurgence.
While the Greens claimed St Stephen with an overwhelming majority of more than 500 votes, they came with just 34 of a stunning upset in Warndon Parish South thanks to Andrew Cross.
Labour were just 69 away from taking the third of the three Cathedral seats and the Liberal Democrats came within an agonising 95 votes of taking a seat in their former Claines stronghold.
It’s fair to say Coun Marc Bayliss will be a relieved man this morning as while his party has lost its majority at the Guildhall, he leads the largest party…..just!
While Bedwardine, St Clement, St Peter’s Parish, Warndon Parish North were retained, there can be no doubt the Conservatives bore the brunt of the anger on the doorsteps.
Labour did what was needed, they retained the seats they were defending in Arboretum, St Johns and Nunnery but will surely be disappointed they couldn’t prize Cathedral out of the Tories grasp.
It’s difficult to see just where the Brexit protest vote, if any, went as UKIP finished bottom of the pile in all of the areas bar Bedwardine and St John and saw their vote fall in Nunnery where they were beaten by the Green Party.
The Liberal Democrats endured another head stratching night, the party yet again came so close in Claines but didn’t make an impression in any other part of the city yet saw the Green Party continue to challenge Labour and Conservatives.
So once again this morning NOC appears next to Worcester – No Overall Control.
Perhaps NHC would be more apt, Nothing Has Changed….