Independent Group 15, Independent 2. Based around Sidmouth, Exmouth and Honiton. The council is in a shared services arrangement with South Somerset, sharing a chief executive.
Jim Knight (Seaton) moved from Conservative to Independent in May 2017. At byelections on 4 May, the Liberal Democrats gained Broadclyst ward from the Conservatives, and the Conservatives held Whimple ward.
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