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Labour take control at North East Lincolnshire council

Labour have taken overall control of North East Lincolnshire council.

There had been no overall control on the authority, but following the election Labour now have 25 seats, Conservatives 12 and the Liberal Democrats four.

In one ward, Scartho, the UKIP candidate Ronald Edward Shepherd took the seat. Overall the turnout was 27.36%.

In Hull, Labour retained control of the council.

Ron Shepherd, who won UKIP's first seat in North East Lincolnshire, said he was not surprised by the victory and had described it as a "major breakthrough" for the party.

"I'm rather hoping we can build on this success. Our results last night were fantastic and hopefully, in a couple of years' time, I won't be on my own."

'Top-heavy structure'

Across Hull all but three of the 23 wards were contested.

Those wards not being contested were Bransholme East, Bransholme West and University.

In the city, Labour now hold 39 seats, the Liberal Democrats 17 and Conservatives two, with one independent councillor.

Labour councillor and leader of Hull City Council Stephen Brady revealed he intended to make £1m savings on senior management posts at the council to reduce the "top-heavy structure".

Mr Brady said he aimed to make the savings within a year.

The news came after Thursday's voting when Labour gained five seats from the Liberal Democrats.

Karl Turner, the MP for Hull East, said: "It's a great night for Labour with five gains. But the turnout shows there was apathy, at 25%."

· All the latest election results are available at bbc.co.uk/vote2012

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