On 1 May, because of the co-incidental general election, the county turnout rose to 75 per cent. Most of these extra shire "Tory tendency" voters, with little appreciation of county council issues, either stayed "true blue"or protested by voting for - and I quote from a voter - "that nice safe Mr Blair". Hence the Tory county council gains.
The natural turnout at county elections will only improve by switching funding progressively from central government to the council tax payers and by better media coverage and their recognition that council elections exist in their own right and are not simply an opinion survey on the popularity of central government.
East Hampshire District Council