Previous local elections in Dorset have been something of a one
party affair - with the Conservatives dominating all nine council areas.
time the political map has been redrawn - the nine councils have all been
consigned to history and two new "supercouncils"
have taken their place.
All residents are facing increases in their council tax bills - but
some more than others. In the west, Dorset Council is harmonising
everyone's council tax - whereas it'll take seven years until residents
here in Bournemouth and Poole pay the same as in Christchurch.
As well as saving money by sharing services and back-office
functions, it means fewer councillors, but there's still simmering resentment from some councillors opposed
to the whole merger process.
In fact a number of Christchurch Tories were suspended by the party after declaring that they'd stand as independent
candidates against former Conservative colleagues.
And with those deep divisions - rather like Brexit - no one can
predict exactly how it’ll play out.