Nuneaton and Bedworth win down to 'strong local team'
Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
It was a big night for the
Conservatives in Nuneaton and Bedworth. They finished the night with eight seats more than they had at the beginning of the evening.
That meant Labour lost overall control of the council for the first time since 2012 - falling one seat short with 17.
The Green Party there lost one of its two seats.
Conservative party deputy chairman James Cleverly said the success was down to local party workers.
"Because of the work our local team put in we got a good result, I'm very pleased with that."
So who is running what?
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In terms of who runs what very little has altered in the
Nuneaton and Bedworth was the first result in and it saw the
only change as Labour lost overall control thanks to a surge in support for the
Conservatives who picked up nine seats – eight of them at Labour’s
This was in part due to the collapse in the UKIP vote across
the region, which saw the party all but wiped out from local government here.
In Dudley, UKIP lost six of the seats it was defending, including the Sedgley ward of MEP Bill Etheridge. The Conservatives were the main beneficiaries but they remain tied with Labour on 35 seats each and the council is in no overall control.
The Tories also made gains in Walsall but again not quite to take them to victory although they are now the largest party there.
In Worcester, another hung council, the Conservatives are also the largest party but it’s the Greens who hold the balance of power there after picking up an extra seat.
The Liberal Democrats comfortably held on to the only the council they run in the region in Cheltenham.
Overall the Conservatives have made a net gain of 27 seats in the region so far with Labour making a net loss of seven seats.
The majority of those Tory gains have come in areas of the region which voted heavily in favour of leaving the EU.
Conservative gains and Labour losses in Nuneaton
Seventeen seats were up for grabs at Nuneaton and Bedworth Council tonight and 10 went to the Conservatives, an increase of eight from the 2014 elections.
It wasn't quite enough though - 18 wards were needed to form a council majority, so the council is now under no overall control.
Labour held 14 of the seats up for election and lost half of them- all of which went to the Conservatives, who also won a seat previously held by the Green Party.
Labour lose Nuneaton to NOC
Conservatives won 10 out of the 17 seats in Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, seven of which they took from Labour.