Cumbria

Cumbria County Council elections: Hung council again

The council in Cumbria is to remain hung after no political party gained enough votes to take overall control.

No single party has had sole power for more than a decade and the authority has been run by a Conservative and Labour-controlled administration.

Labour is now the biggest party in the county with 35 seats; the Conservatives have 26 and the Liberal Democrats 16.

The remaining seven seats went to independent and other parties.

In Barrow, 10 of the 11 seats up for grabs went to Labour.

The first full council meeting of the new term will be held on 16 May, when the new leader of the authority and administration will be agreed.

Turnout figures for the elections show that 32.1% of voters went to the polling stations across the county.

South Lakeland registered the highest number of voters, with 39.8%, followed by Allerdale with a 34.4% turnout and Eden 32.4%.

In Carlisle turnout was 30.6%, Copeland was 27.2% and Barrow had the lowest turnout, with 23.8%.

Mandy Telford, wife of Barrow MP John Woodcock, was voted in as a new Labour county councillor.

More than 300 candidates contested 84 seats in wards across Cumbria to decide the make-up of the authority.

Turnout was 32.1% compared with 39.6% at the previous council elections in 2009.

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