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No change as two councils declare
There has been no change in the first two of the Black Country's councils to declare their local election results.

The Conservatives remain in control in Walsall, while Labour still hold power in Sandwell, making a gain of one.

The BNP had intended to capitalise on the four seats it holds in the town but failed to have any councillors elected this time.

A third of seats were elected on each council. In Walsall the Tories won 12 seats on the night, a gain of one.

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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They now have 33 seats in total.

Labour took four, a loss of three councillors, leaving them with 18 overall, and there were two gains for independent candidates.

The Lib Dems won two seats and have six in total.

Sandwell's council leader, Councillor Bill Thomas, said he was delighted that 20 Labour councillors were elected.

"It has been a remarkable night for us, and the greatest pleasure has been seeing the BNP slipping back," he said.

"But we will not be complacent and we realise this is going to be another battle next year when we must again challenge them for being the single issue party that they are."

The Conservatives had two councillors elected, a loss of two, and the Liberal Democrats gained one place on the council, winning two seats.

The council now has one vacant seat, 10 Conservatives, four BNP, 51 Labour and six Liberal Democrats.

The final outcome at Dudley is being delayed until Friday daytime after recounts in two wards.



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