Labour's overall dominance of the Council chamber came to an abrupt end last night as the results of local elections were revealed.
Due to a reduction and a reorganisation of the ward boundaries only 54 seats were up for grabs (previously 78) and the results gave Labour 24, Conservatives 20, Greens 6, Lib Dems 3 and one to an independent candidate (formerly a conservative politician).
Several prominent councillors lost their seats including Freida Warman-Brown (L), Pam Stiles (C), Mike Middleton (L), the husband and wife team Jenny Barnard- Langston and Mark Barnard (who had earlier transferred their allegiance from Conservative to Lib Dem) and Heather James (L) who was tipped as a potential deputy leader of the Labour Group.
No party has an overall majority without forming alliances with others but so far none have shown any great affection for the idea. The effect that this situation will have on the business community has yet to be determined but many are predicting a period of paralysis until politicians have worked out a power structure. For a full list of the councillors click on download below.
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