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Humber polls usher in big changes

Humber Bridge
The Lib Dems saw strong support on both banks of the Humber

The Liberal Democrats are celebrating on both banks of the Humber after strong performances on two councils.

In Hull they took overall control of the council grabbing seats from Labour in Deputy PM John Prescott's back yard.

Across the water they stretched their lead over Conservative rivals on North East Lincs Council, which remains hung.

The Tories took control of East Riding Council where there had been no overall control but they have handed back control to Labour in North Lincs.

In Hull the new leader of the council, Councillor Carl Minns said: "With this majority we can move the city forward and not have every council meeting on tenterhooks."

The leader of the Labour group Councillor Ken Branson commented: "I feel, right now, gutted.

LOCAL COUNCIL RESULTS

  Councillors Councils
Party +/- Total +/- Total
After 312 of 312 councils.
CON 911 5315 39 165
LAB -505 1877 -8 34
LD -246 2171 -4 23
OTH -162 1112 0 5
NOC - - -27 85

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"I've been a member of the council for 21 years and with one or two minor upsets over the last five... Labour has always delivered a good, positive agenda."

Hull West and Hessle MP and Education Secretary Alan Johnson admitted the Labour Party had work to do in the area before the next local elections.

He told BBC Radio Humberside: "We win quite substantially when it comes to general elections. But we need to look at how we can win this council back.

"We need to face it. We did not do well and we must do better."


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