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Lib Dems gain power in Eastbourne

Eastbourne railway station sign
The Liberal Democrats have taken control in Eastbourne

The Liberal Democrats have taken control of Eastbourne Borough Council from the Conservative Party.

The whole council was up for election, and the Lib Dems are now back in power after losing to the Tories in 2004.

Sir Menzies Campbell's party produced a significant swing in the East Sussex town, taking nine new seats including eight from the Conservatives.

The south coast success adds to the Lib Dems' 16-year stranglehold on Lewes District Council.

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