Leicestershire County Council
2021 Conservative hold, from 2017
Counting complete. After 55 of 55 seats declared.
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 42
- Councillors elected in 2021 change +6
- Councillors overall total 42
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 9
- Councillors elected in 2021 change -4
- Councillors overall total 9
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
- Councillors elected in 2021 change -2
- Councillors overall total 4
By Greig Watson
A decision on whether to hand back £15m of government funding for a new relief road around Melton Mowbray has been delayed by Leicestershire County Council.
The authority has been considering returning the money after struggling to reach an agreement with Melton Borough Council about how a £50m outlay for the project would be recouped.
Leicestershire County Council says it can’t afford to pay such a large amount upfront without financial guarantees from Melton Borough Council that developers - who want to build thousands of homes south of the town - would agree to foot the bill.Copyright: BBC
A decision on the grant had been due today but the county council said it would be working with the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government to find a solution to the deadlock.
The move has been welcomed by the borough council, which said rejecting the grant would have "killed the road".
Melton MP Alicia Kearns said it was "good news" and urged all parties to "get on and reach an agreement".
The Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire said Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has "got a lot of questions to answer" after Labour lost ground across England in the local elections.
Andrew Bridgen said Labour had got themselves into a "very difficult situation" by losing seats to all the other main political parties.
Sir Keir said he was "bitterly disappointed" by the results so far, but pledged to lead a fightback for his party and to set out a "bold vision" in the next few days.Copyright: North West Leicestershire District Council
All of the wards in Mr Bridgen's district have turned Conservative for the first time.
He said: "We got the best candidates we've ever put out, we ran the most professional campaign and the results showed - people came out and they voted Conservative.
"We had a clean sweep of all the seats in North West Leicestershire - it's never happened before."
Dr Terri Eynon, who lost her seat in Coalville North, said it's "sad" that voters in North West Leicestershire don't feel like Labour can represent them.
Dr Eynon was the Labour group leader at the county council but was defeated by the Conservative candidate Craig Andrew Smith.Copyright: BBC
Speaking to BBC Radio Leicester, she said: "The electorate, they don't vote for you on how hard you work, how much case work you do, how many meetings you turn up to - they vote for someone who represents them.
"They choose someone who they feel will feel the same way that they do and clearly at the moment that isn't members of the Labour Party here in North West Leicestershire, which I feel is sad but that's the way it goes."
The Conservatives have gone past the 28 seats needed for a majority on Leicestershire County Council.
They've gained a number of new seats from the results announced so far - including in Coalville North, Coalville South, Forest & Measham and Market Harborough East.Copyright: BBC
Results from Leicestershire have started with a bang - the Labour group leader Terri Eynon has lost her seat in Coalville North.
It was won by Conservative Craig Andrew Smith with 42.8% of the votes.Copyright: BBC
Conservative have also gained a seat from Labour in Forest and Measham.
Preparations are under way for vote counting in North West Leicestershire, where there are eight county council wards up for grabs.
Two district council seats, Ibstock East and Worthington & Breedon, have already been announced.
By David Pittam
BBC News, East Midlands