Rutland Elections 2019: The count at the Victoria Hall in Oakham
Counting has got underway in the 2019 Rutland County Council elections at the Victoria Hall in Oakham this morning (May 3).
Many of the Conservative candidates are here such as Oliver Hemsley, Rachel Burkitt, Gordon Brown and Green candidate Miranda Jones.
We've also got Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates here too.
There's a quiet hum in the room as the ballot papers are counted and the candidates wait expectantly at the side of the hall.
Eight seats out of the 27 have already been decided so there's still a lot of play for here.
The first ballot box arrived from Ketton Library.
Labour candidate Eron Rendell, standing in the Ketton ward, said: "I have had some negative reviews and some positive reviews on the doorsteps.
"The St George's Barracks development came up a lot as did the proposed Woolfox garden village.
"Transport and roads also came up a lot too.
"I'm charging at the windmill - chances are I'm not going to win but it's been good to give people a chance to say they're not happy with how the county is being run."
Green candidate for the Uppingham ward, Miranda Jones, said: "I'm feeling really positive.
"I think there's a real swell of support for the Green agenda both nationally and locally.
"People have spoken to me a lot about transport and bus services.
"Because Rutland is such a small county, we have to rely on other county's bus services."
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