Local elections 2012: Labour storm to Reading victory

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Media captionLabour gained four seats at the expense of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

Labour have won control of Reading Borough Council taking it from no overall control while also holding Slough Borough Council.

The party gained four extra seats in Reading giving them the majority they needed to take the authority.

The Lib Dems, Tories and an independent councillor all lost seats with the Greens taking one from Labour.

Labour's hold of Slough Borough Council was secured with eight extra seats giving them 35 of the 41 available.

The group leader, Rob Anderson leader said: "It's the best result we've ever had. Taking all 14 wards in one go, not losing one.

"We didn't even manage to do that in the poll tax year, our previous highest watermark."

'Icing on cake'

In Reading, Labour councillor Paul Gittings said: "It's been a great night for us and obviously we can look forward to taking control of the council."

Green group leader Rob White said: "It's been a really positive evening for us in Reading.

"We've got a number of third places pushing the Lib Dems down into fourth place and the icing on the cake has been getting Jamie Whitham elected in Park Ward as the third as a third Green councillor which is a real success for us."

The Conservatives kept control of Wokingham Borough Council, but lost two of their 45 seats to Lib Dem and independent candidates.

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