Helston has one new councillor and another who has retained his seat - but only after a hard-fought contest.

Mike Thomas has been re-elected to Helston North division, but it was a close-run election.

He took just 51 more votes than second placed candidate Katharine Lewis, for the Green Party, while Conservative Emma Spittlehouse also took large percentage of the votes.

Mr Thomas took 694 votes (35%) to Mrs Lewis's 643 votes (32%).

Coming in third was Ms Spittlehouse with 574 votes (29%) while Liberal Democrat Frank Blewett took 93 votes (5%).


Helston has lost one of its seats following the government boundary review, which has seen the number of councillors reduce from 123 to 87.

It now just has two, with the new Helston South & Meneage seat taking the place of Porthleven and Helston West, and Helston South.

Here Guy Foreman is elected as a new councillor, for the Conservatives.

Julian Rand, who has served for the last four years in the old St Keverne & Meneage division, before part of it merged with Helston, has lost his seat as an Independent.

Mr Foreman polled 676 votes (39% of the total) to Mr Rand's 489 (28%).

Coming up behind was Peter Webb, Labour, 219 (13%), Samuel Ramsden, Green Party, 201 (12%) and Nigel Clifford Walker, Liberal Democrat, 136 (8%).

Porthleven has now merged with Breage and Germoe to become the new Porthleven, Breage & Germoe division.

John Martin, who previously stood in the no longer existing Helston South division, was standing for this seat as a Liberal Democrat, along with previous Breage, Germoe and Sithney division councillor John Keeling as a Conservative.

Also standing were Ronald Inglis (Green Party), Porthleven mayor Michael Toy (Independent) and Michael Tresidder (Mebyon Kernow).

Now it has been announced that in the battle of the two Cornwall councillors going head-to-head, Mr Keeling has come out victorious. It means John Martin loses his seat on the council. 

It was Porthleven mayor Michael Toy though who polled second place in yesterday's vote. 

Mr Keeling took 833 votes (35%) to Mr Toy's 726 (30%). 

Mr Martin polled 428 (18%), with Mr Tresidder taking 230 (10%) and Mr Inglis 189 (8%). 

Turnout: 44%