MAY saw the local elections take place, as Cornwall voted to decide who would take charge of the county as a unitary authority for the second time.
The public went to the polls on May 2 and the results filtered in throughout the following day.
It was being suggested by the afternoon that it was the successful Independent candidates who would decide who would take power at County Hall, as a coalition would have to be created for a majority to be achieved.
Other key points were the Conservatives losing 19 seats, while for the first time UKIP managed to secure council seats – six in number – and Labour also increased its representation to the same figure. The Green Party also won its first seat in the county.
Following the elections west Cornwall's political landscape appeared to remain prominently Tory, however.
It was in St Just, St Ives, Hayle and Penzance that the Green Party, Liberal Democrats and Labour won seats, with the more rural areas left largely blue.