Conservatives hold Melton council despite Labour gains

Labour have made gains in the Leicestershire borough of Melton but failed to oust the ruling Conservatives.

The Tories have 20 seats on the new council while Labour have seven and one seat is held by an independent candidate.

Labour gained four seats - all at the expense of independent councillors.

Labour retained control in Leicester, winning a further 12 seats. The Lib Dems lost six seats, as did the Tories.

The Conservatives remain in overall control of North West Leicestershire District Council with 21 seats out of 38.

Further results

Labour took six seats from the Conservatives, two from the Liberal Democrats, one from an independent, and both the BNP's seats - ousting the party from the council.

Labour have 16 seats on the new council while the Liberal Democrats have one.

The Lib Dems retained control in Hinckley and Bosworth, despite losing two seats.

The party also retained Oadby and Wigston, gaining two seats from the Conservatives.

There was no change in Blaby where the Conservatives gained one seat from the Lib Dems and retained control.

The Conservatives also retained control in Harborough gaining three seats from the Lib Dems. They also kept control of Rutland.

In Charnwood, the Lib Dems lost four seats, Labour gained three and the Conservatives gained one, with the Tories remaining in control.

In Leicester South a by-election was also held, with the result expected later.

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