The results are in...

The results of the Royal Borough of Greenwich council elections are in, after a marathon all-day Count held at the Waterfront Leisure Centre, Woolwich on Friday. 

In a day of very close results, Labour won 2 seats in Eltham North ward thanks in large part to a surge in support for UKIP driven by the European elections held on the same day. In the always hotly-contested, ultra-marginal Blackheath Westcombe ward, Cllr Geoff Brighty was returned as a Conservative councillor, with Labour taking the remaining 2 seats.

Meanwhile, Conservative candidates in Eltham South and Coldharbour & New Eltham wards saw off Labour and UKIP challenges respectively to hold all six of the borough's southern-most seats.

The following Conservative councillors were elected;

Blackheath Westcombe ward
Cllr Geoff Brighty

Eltham North ward
Cllr Spencer Drury

Eltham South ward
Cllr Matt Clare
Cllr Mark Elliott
Cllr Nuala Geary

Coldharbour & New Eltham ward
Cllr John Hills
Cllr Mandy Brinkhurst
Cllr Matt Hartley 

At the Conservative Group AGM held on Saturday 24th May, Cllr Spencer Drury was unanimously re-elected as Leader of the Conservative Group on the council. Cllr Matt Hartley was elected Deputy Leader, while Cllr Geoff Brighty takes over as Group Whip.

Cllr Spencer Drury said: "These results show one thing - if you vote UKIP, you get Labour. We will miss the contributions of our valued colleagues, Nigel Fletcher and Adam Thomas, who didn't get the result they deserved this time - and we would also like to thank all of our candidates, who worked incredibly hard to put their case to the electorate in these elections.

"For our part, we will continue to work hard to provide the strong opposition that this borough so badly needs over the next four years. I am delighted that Cllr Matt Hartley and Cllr Geoff Brighty are joining me on the Opposition front bench as Deputy Leader and Group Whip. We have a strong Conservative team on the council, and along with the entire Conservative group we look forward to holding the new Labour administration to account and trying, little by little, to bring about the change that Greenwich needs."

You can view the full results on the Greenwich council website at http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/1000/elections-results/1494/detailed_results-2014_local_elections/5