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BNP makes gains in Stoke-on-Trent

Labour has lost seats in Stoke-on-Trent, while the British National Party (BNP) have made gains in the city.

The council remains under no overall control after counting finished, with other groups having most seats.

Labour leader Mike Tappin lost his Blurton seat while the BNP increased its seats from six to nine.

Labour lost seven seats, the British National Party (BNP) won three, the Lib Dems won one and others gained seven.

Labour now hold 16 of the authority's seats while the Conservatives have nine, the BNP nine, the Lib Dems five and others have 21.

'Respect Stoke voters'

Independents do not operate as an organised group, however, and their success is likely to have a limited impact on the running of the council.

Mr Meredith, the directly elected mayor, is responsible for policy decisions.

Its 60 councillors scrutinise the decisions made by the mayor and the chief executive.

Mr Tappin said: "We have lost some seats, strangely enough, not to the Conservatives but to the independents and the BNP.

"I think that will be sad for the government of Stoke but that is what Stoke's voters want and we have to respect that."

Labour losses

Elsewhere in Staffordshire, the Conservatives held control of Tamworth Borough Council.

The group, which has been in control since 2004, gained one seat from Labour.

A total of 10 seats were up for election at the authority.

It means that at Tamworth the Tories hold 24 seats and Labour hold five, with one held by other parties.

Cannock Chase District Council remained having no one party in overall control for the fifth year in a row.

A third of the council's seats were up for election and the Labour group lost two seats to the Tories.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Council also remains under no overall control.

  Councillors Councils
Party +/- Total +/- Total
CON 257 3155 12 65
LAB -334 2365 -9 18
LD 33 1804 1 12
PC 31 205 -1 0
OTH 10 898 0 0
NOC - - -3 64
159 of 159 councils declared.


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