Election 2015

General Election 2015: Labour lose seat in Derbyshire

Chris Williamson Amanda Solloway
Image caption Labour's Chris Williamson narrowly lost Derby North to Conservative Amanda Solloway

Labour has lost Derby North to the Conservatives in what has been the only change to the East Midlands' political make-up.

After three recounts it was announced Chris Williamson lost the seat to Amanda Solloway by just 41 votes.

The Conservatives held Erewash, Amber Valley, Mid Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak and South Derbyshire

Chesterfield, Bolsover, Derby South and North East Derbyshire were retained by Labour.

Ms Solloway said she was "surprised".

"I certainly feel the country's doing well, the economy's going the way that it should be going," she said.

"When I knocked on people's doors they said they didn't want that to change so we could finish the job."

Image caption There were three recounts in the general election count at Derby North

In the local elections, Labour has retained control of Derby City Council.

The party gained Blagreaves from the Liberal Democrats and took back Mackworth from Independent Lisa Higginbottom.

It also held Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

But the Conservatives gained control of High Peak and Amber Valley councils, while retaining South Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales.

Votes were counted in Erewash on Saturday and saw the Conservatives retain control of the borough council.

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