The Tories take control from Lib Dems in North Norfolk

The Liberal Democrats lost 12 seats on North Norfolk District Council, giving the Tories control

The Conservatives have gained North Norfolk District Council, which had been under the control of the Liberal Democrats since 2003.

The Tories took 11 seats, with the Lib Dems losing 12 in the election, in which all the seats were up for grabs.

The council is now made up of 28 Tory councillors, 18 Lib Dems, one UKIP and one Independent.

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, told the BBC there was no doubt his party had been punished.

"I haven't tried to hide the fact that last night was a bad night for us," he said.

"It begs the question whether the junior partner in the coalition, especially under our voting system, will always get punished.

"The way in which we rebuild our support is by being effective in government."

Green councillors

In Norwich, Labour gained two seats on the city council but the authority remains under no overall control.

Labour took the seats from the Conservatives, and the Green Party took a seat from the Lib Dems.

The new council will be made up of 18 Labour members, 15 Green members, four Lib Dems and two Conservatives.

The Conservatives retained control of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council but lost nine seats to Labour.

The Lib Dems held on to three of their seats but did not stand in the fourth they held on the previous council.

The final result is Conservatives 42, Labour 13, Lib Dems three, Green one and three Independents.

Toss of coin

Great Yarmouth, Broadland and South Norfolk all remain under Conservative control.

In Broadland, one Conservative candidate has won on the toss of a coin.

Lana Hempsall and the Independent candidate Nigel Law had the same number of votes after four recounts.

So the returning officer decided to use a coin before declaring the seat.

A year ago, a candidate in nearby Great Yarmouth was chosen after playing cards were used to decide the seat.

Breckland District Council has increased its holding by one to 48 seats out of a total of 53.

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