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Lib Dems lose control of Sheffield council

Sheffield Town Hall
No party has overall control at Sheffield council

The Liberal Democrats have lost control of the council in Sheffield - the city which includes their leader Nick Clegg's constituency.

The Lib Dems lost three seats to leave them with 42 councillors - exactly the same number as the combined opposition.

Labour gained four to 39, with two Greens and one Independent making up the rest of the council.

Lib Dem leader Paul Scriven said: "I am going to go and speak to my group... to decide what is right for the city."

He added: "This isn't about about personality, it is about getting good governance for the city and ensuring that whatever comes out at the end something can happen that makes sure people's services continue and that they know their council tax is being looked after well."

Labour gains

Labour councillors have also increased their presence at Doncaster Council following the local election.

They now have 32 of the 63 seats in the council which is run by elected mayor Peter Davies, an English Democrat.

Eight seats were gained by Labour across the town, with most being taken from Liberal Democrat or Independent councillors.

The Conservatives and Lib Dems now have 10 seats each, with the Independent councillors holding 11 seats.

Elsewhere in South Yorkshire there was no change at Barnsley Council where Labour held control, gaining five new seats.

There was no change in Rotherham, where Labour held on to overall control with 50 of the council's 63 seats.



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