No single party in overall control of Torridge

No political party has gained overall control of Torridge District Council in north Devon.

The Conservatives remain the largest party with 18 of 36 seats, an increase of one on 2007's election results. However, they needed 19 for control.

Labour has gained its first seat on the council in eight years.

The Liberal Democrats have gained a seat, going from five to six. Independents saw a fall from 14 to 10 and the Greens won one seat.

No party had overall control of the council after its last election in 2007.

'Huge surprise'

Labour's David Brenton won the Bideford South seat, ousting Bideford's mayor, Conservative Philip Pester.

Mr Brenton said it "wasn't the result I expected".

"I thought the Conservatives would sweep in. It looked as if that was the way it was going. But in the end it didn't, and that was a huge surprise," he said.

Mr Pester said he was "gutted" at the result, especially as there had only been 15 votes between him and Mr Brenton.

He said: "I though that having been the mayor for the last 12 months that I had the support of the town, but I think it was tactical voting.

"I am disappointed, but we live to battle another day."

There were 25 Conservative candidates, four UK Independence Party, 23 Liberal Democrats, 11 independents, six Labour, five Green, and three unclassified.

The council is publishing a full list of results from every ward on its website.

The district was also holding the AV referendum. It has an electorate of 51,015 people.

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