Labour wins control of Derby City Council

Labour celebrate after taking control of Derby City Council

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Labour has gained control of Derby City Council, taking over from a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.

The 2012 local election result means Labour will take control of the city council for the first time in six years.

In total, 17 seats were contested, one third of the city council's seats.

The new council is made up of 28 Labour seats, 14 Conservative and 9 Liberal Democrats.

Turnout was 31% for the election.

Analysis

There were no tears of disappointment this time, just a few of joy.

The result in Derby was not, in a way, unexpected.

Labour councillors knew as far back as a year ago that 2012 would be their best chance to regain control of the council.

A few surprises were sprung, such as the city's deputy mayor Frank Leeming losing his Boulton seat.

But other Labour gains were alluded to by similar results last year.

Former Tory leader of the council, Philip Hickson, said Prime Minister David Cameron needed "to get a grip".

"The public will, in time, come to regret this [decision]," said Mr Hickson.

"Labour has made it clear they will hike up council tax and start a spending spree. The public will have a grim couple of years to look forward to."

The leader of Derby's Labour Party, Paul Bayliss, said he was "honoured" his party had won control of the city council.

"We have always been good managers of council accounts and will continue to be in the future," he said.

"We are honoured to be in this situation, we've worked very hard at it and we've got to thank the electors of Derby for their trust in Labour.

"We've now got to roll up our sleeves and get on with implementing our manifesto.

"The first thing we are going to look at is the agenda of growth and talk to some local employers about bring some training programmes forward and then how we build council housing," said Mr Bayliss.

All the latest election results are available at bbc.co.uk/vote2012.

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