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Brighton & Hove City Council election reaction

Brighton & Hove City Council is no longer controlled by the Greens, following the local elections.

The count, which started after general election votes had been counted, lasted most of Saturday with the final result coming after 7pm.

The Brighton Pavilion seat returned Caroline Lucas from the Green Party as its MP in Thursday's general election. Two councillors who won in the Preston Park ward where Ms Lucas lives, gave their reaction to the local election result and the day-long count.

First is Councillor Kevin Allen, from the Labour Party which now has a minority control of the city council.

Councillor Leo Littman, from the Green Party, attributed some of his party's loss of seats to the fact that the local elections were on the same day as the general election - boosting the number of voters taking part in the poll.

Gove returns to Cabinet as Cameron re-shuffles

Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove is back in the Cabinet Credit: PA

Michael Gove has made a dramatic return to the top of government as Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.

David Cameron confirmed that the MP for Surrey Heath will replace Chris Grayling, who becomes Leader of the House of Commons.

The return of Mr Gove to the Cabinet table will be seen as vindication after his move last year from education secretary to chief whip, in what was widely perceived to be a demotion.

At the time it was assumed that Mr Cameron had concluded that he had made too many enemies in his battles with the teaching profession and had become a liability ahead of the general election.

Theresa May in Downing Street yesterday Credit: PA

Mr Cameron had already confirmed that Maidenhead MP Theresa May would remain as Home Secretary.

Having increased Conservative ranks at Westminster to 331, securing a 12-vote absolute majority in the Commons, Mr Cameron will be preparing to push through his manifesto agenda in its entirety.

But he will be aware that he remains vulnerable to backbench Tory rebellions, which would only have to muster seven MPs to threaten him.


Thanet elects UKIP to run council

UKIP gained a shock council poll victory today at Thanet, Kent - where former party leader Nigel Farage earlier failed to win a Westminster seat.

With counting complete at Thanet, UKIP has 33 seats, Conservatives have 18, Labour four, and independents one.

Around the ITV Meridian region the Conservatives have gained Gravesham in Kent from Labour and took took control of Basingstoke & Deane and Winchester in Hampshire. They also now control Mole Valley in Surrey and Poole in Dorset too. Bournemouth and Guildford are not expected to produce final results until Monday.

Marathon election counts ground on into the third day with Tories extending their run of council poll triumphs.

With results in from 250 out of 279 authorities around the country, Conservatives have made 490 net seat gains, UKIP 47 and Greens 11.

Liberal Democrats have 322 net losses and Labour 160. There were 321 losses for others.

Brighton & Hove City Council - Labour win most seats

Labour take minority control of Brighton and Hove City Council away from the Greens.

Tally of councillors: Labour 23, Conservative 20, Green 11.

Labour councillors have a choice, their party may choose to go it alone as a no overall control council like the Greens did last year - bearing in mind they have just 3 more councillors than the Conservative group. Or Labour councillors may go into a coalition with the Greens.

In the next few days the Labour Party must announce their decision. Then, the Labour group will have to announce who the leader of the council will be by 21st May 2015.

Farage congratulates UKIP on Thanet District Council win

Nigel Farage congratulates UKIP in the local elections

He may have lost his bid to become an MP, and even resigned as UKIP leader yesterday because of it - but Nigel Farage had time today to hail more successful UKIP colleagues. More than thirty of them have been elected as councillors for Thanet District Council in Kent.


UKIP has won most of the wards in Thanet District Council's election

Twenty-nine UKIP councillors have been voted in so far during the Thanet District Council local elections.

The party itself put out a message on social media - congratulating its councillors for being part of the UK's first UKIP-controlled local authority.

Thanet in Kent is where where Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, stood as a candidate for the Thanet South constituency in the General Election. He stepped down as party leader on Friday after failing to win.

Greens holding on to Regency ward in Brighton & Hove

The Greens have held onto the Brighton & Hove City Council seats vacated by former council leader Jason Kitcat and his wife Ania Kitcat - both Greens - who stood down.

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