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Last Updated: Friday, 2 May, 2003, 07:06 GMT 08:06 UK
Labour loses historic vote
Vote count

Political history has been made in Mansfield after the Independents ended nearly 35 years of Labour dominance on the district council.

Twenty-five Independent councillors were elected, effectively taking control of the authority.

It follows the election last year of the town's first directly-elected Independent mayor.

Across Nottinghamshire, Labour also lost control of Broxtowe and lost overall control in Ashfield with Independents making the most gains there.

Labour MP, Alan Meale, described his party's defeat in Mansfield as a mid-term swing.

More Labour losses

The Independent, Tony Egginton, who won the vote for mayor in October said it was better than England winning the world cup.

Labour lost 24 seats while Independents went from zero seats in the previous elections to 25 this time.

In Ashfield it was a similar picture, only less dramatic.

Labour lost 15 seats, while Independents gained 12 to leave no overall control.

More Labour woes were evident in Broxtowe where the ruling party lost 10 seats leaving the council with no overall control.

Labour kept control in Nottingham city and in Bassetlaw, where a third of the seats were up for grabs, despite losses.



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