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Local election results 2018: Labour loses Nuneaton seats

May 3, 2018
Conservatives celebrating gains
Image caption Conservatives councillors claimed seven seats from their Labour rivals

Labour has lost control of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council by one seat.

The Conservatives won 10 out of the 17 wards available, a gain of eight seats since the last election in 2014 but not enough for a majority.

Conservative party deputy chairman James Cleverly said the success was “down to local party workers”.

Local election results 2018: Labour loses Nuneaton seatsLocal election results 2018: Labour loses Nuneaton seats

Labour previously had 25 seats, but now has 17 with the Conservatives close behind with 16.

Image caption In Coventry, Labour celebrated winning back Earlsdon, which it has not held for 20 years

Neither party was able to secure a majority in Nuneaton, where 18 seats were required in the 34-seat council.

Tory MP for Nuneaton, Marcus Jones, said Labour lost “crucial marginal seats” and that seats won at Labour’s expense were a “great result.”

Skip Twitter post by @Marcus4Nuneaton

On a night when Labour should have won hundreds of council seats and taken control of a succession of Conservative councils,they have been loosing seats in crucial marginals.We have seen great results for the @Conservatives in Swindon, Nuneaton, Walsall & Hillingdon to name a few

— Marcus Jones (@Marcus4Nuneaton) May 4, 2018

End of Twitter post by @Marcus4Nuneaton

Conservative party deputy chairman James Cleverly said: “Because of the work our local team put in we got a good result, I’m very pleased with that.”

Seventeen seats were up for grabs in the election. Labour held 14 of them and lost half – all of which went to the Conservatives.

The Conservatives also won one seat from the Green Party, which now has one representative on the council.

The party secured 51% of the vote with a 32% voter turnout.

Nuneaton has been seen as a bellwether in recent General Elections, with the Parliamentary seat won by the Tories from Labour in 2010.

The Conservatives then increased their share of the vote in both the 2015 and 2017 general elections.

The party also gained a seat on Rugby, Council reinforcing its existing council majority with 24 out of 42 seats.

In Coventry, Labour retained control of the city council with 40 seats to the Conservatives’ 13, with 28 needed for a majority.

Only one seat in Coventry, Earlsdon ward, changed hands and was won by Labour from the Conservatives. The city had a 27% voter turnout.

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