Vote 2012: Conservatives retain control of Swindon

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Media captionCouncillor Rod Bluh said the Conservatives knew that it was going to be a tight result

The Conservatives have retained overall control of Swindon Borough Council.

It was a narrow victory for the Tories, who hold 29 seats on the authority, with Labour having 24 seats and the Liberal Democrats four.

The council election, which saw a 32% turnout, was the biggest in Swindon for 12 years with 57 seats being contested.

Swindon Borough Council leader Rod Bluh said he was "relieved" although the Conservatives had seen a lower majority than they were aiming for.

'Making it work'

"We have had some pretty big majorities over recent years so it is going to be different but we are going to have to make it work," he said.

"If it means that we have to work a bit closer to get things done then that can only be a good thing.

"There's an awful lot that we can agree on so it's just about accepting the arithmetic and making it work."

The last time the council had an all-out election was in 2000. The Conservatives have been in control since 2003.

The leader of the Labour group in Swindon, Jim Grant, said it had been a "good evening" for his party although not as successful as he would have liked.

"We have gained seven seats on a reduced council and we have reduced the Conservative majority to an overall control of one," he said.

All the latest election results are available at bbc.co.uk/vote2012

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