Election results: Lib Dems gain control of North Norfolk

Liberal Democrats celebrate victory
Image caption The Liberal Democrats now have 30 seats on North Norfolk District Council

The Liberal Democrats have gained control of North Norfolk District Council, which was previously under no overall control.

The party won 15 seats which were held by the Conservatives.

All seats were up for election, however a boundary change led to the number of councillors reducing from 48 to 40.

The Conservatives lost a total of 19 seats as independent candidates gained four seats from Prime Minister Theresa May's party.

Liberal Democrats now have 30 seats, Conservatives have six and there are four seats with independents.

Liberal Democrat Sarah Butikofer has led the hung council since November after Conservative John Lee lost a vote of no confidence.

Mrs Butikofer said the confidence motion was triggered when five Conservative cabinet members voted against the full council's wish to rethink the controversial Egmere Business Park plan.

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Image caption Sarah Butikofer is the leader of North Norfolk District Council

The proposed park would provide subsidised premises for offshore energy companies, with the council contributing £2.2m.

The full council wanted a study into its financial viability, a decision overturned by the Conservative cabinet.

In the same year, 11 Tories defected, nine went on to sit as independents and two joined the Lib Dems.

A 12th Conservative also resigned from the council after his seat was won by the Liberal Democrats.

Dominant position

In other parts of the county, there was a close fight in King's Lynn where the Conservatives lost 16 seats and now hold on to power with a majority over other parties of just one.

The Greens again hit Labour in Norwich, taking four new seats and consolidating their power as the second largest party.

In Broadland the Conservatives lost 11 seats but retained control because of their dominant position.

In Great Yarmouth UKIP lost three seats but otherwise nothing changed as the Tories retain power with 20 seats, while Labour has 15.

In Breckland and South Norfolk the Conservatives lost a handful of seats but retain large majorities in on both councils.

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