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Labour gain seats across Cheshire

The Labour Party has made significant gains across Cheshire in the local elections.

Labour won 19 new seats in Cheshire West and Chester - taking its total from 13 to 32. It remains Conservative-led but with a reduced majority.

The Tories lost eight seats, but still have 42. The Liberal Democrats lost three, leaving them with just one.

In Warrington, Labour took six seats from the Lib Dems, leaving them with a majority of 34 out of 57 seats.

'Good opportunity'

Labour also retained control of Halton Council, gaining seven seats.

The Conservatives held Cheshire East, but the party lost five seats. Labour won nine new seats there, leaving them with a total of 14.

The Lib Dems lost seven seats, meaning they have four on the new council.

Derek Bateman, Labour group leader in Cheshire West and Chester, said he was "elated" at the results in his constituency.

"There is a really good opportunity here for us to use the current membership of the council as a springboard in future to be able to challenge membership of the council, and that would be in four years time," he said.

"In the meantime I would like to get the new Conservative administration to engage more with us. We were prepared to work with them.

"For the benefit of the people of Cheshire we want to work with them."

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