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First BNP seat in Leicestershire

The BNP has taken control of its first seat in Leicestershire's elections, as the Conservatives retained their hold on the county council.

The former Labour district of Coalville fell to the BNP's Graham Partner with a 27.7% share of the vote.

The Tories increased their majority from 31 to 36 seats. All 52 results have now been declared.

Labour held on to four seats, with the Liberal Democrats totalling 14 seats - three more than in 2005.

After that election the Conservatives increased their majority to 31, with Labour taking 13 seats and the Lib Dems 11.

Turnout for 2009 is currently estimated at just over 39%.



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