Hanover, popularly known as Muesli Mountain, is no longer a green bastion after the Labour Party swept all three council seats in the Hanover and Elm Grove ward.

Labour’s Ty Galvin, Tim Rowkins, and Maureen Elizabeth Winder were elected as councillors, with a voter turnout of 5,189 or 45.1% of the 11,518-strong electorate.

In January, it was announced that two of the incumbent Green councillors, Elaine Hills and David Gibson, would not run for re-election on Brighton and Hove City Council.

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The Labour Party’s victory in Hanover and Elm Grove contributes to their strong showing in the Brighton and Hove City Council elections.

With a total of 21 councillors, the party is confident of securing a majority. The Green Party has four councillors, while the Brighton and Hove Independents hold two seats, and the Conservatives have none.

In addition to their success in Hanover and Elm Grove, Labour had a clean sweep in Hangleton and Knoll, ousting long-serving councillor Dawn Barnett, as well as in Hollingdean and Fiveways, where deputy Green Party leader Siriol Hugh-Jones lost her seat.

The Labour Party also won both seats in Coldean and Stanmer, which recorded the lowest turnout in the city.
Meanwhile, the Brighton and Hove Independents took both Rottingdean seats, re-electing Bridget Fishleigh and electing Marc Earthey.

Candidates from different parties have reported a significant number of split votes, where voters opted not to give all their votes to one party but spread them out among several.

Labour also emerged victorious in Goldsmid, South Portslade, Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, and Woodingdean, where long-serving Conservative councillors Steve Bell and Dee Simson were ousted.

Green council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty is reportedly in trouble in his ward of Brunswick and Adelaide, as is deputy leader Hannah Allbrooke.

And in a historic moment for the city, Brighton elected its first-ever out transgender councillor, Raphael Hill, who will serve as the Green councillor for Round Hill alongside long-serving Green councillor Pete West. The turnout for the ward was 39.4%.