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Local Labour party leader Grant Davey said he would be talking to other parties about creating a working majority.
LIB DEM: 9
Labour retain control of the county council will a strong majority.
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Blyth's Labour MP Ronnie Campbell balmes the Lib Dems poor performance in the county council elections in Northumberland on their national party's coalition with the Conservatives.
Jeff Reid, the Liberal Democrat leader in Northumberland, says his party will carry on.
In Northumberland Labour gained 15 seats to bring their total to 32.
But that was still two seats short of an overall majority, leaving it a hung council.
The previous ruling Liberal Democrat's had a bad day, losing 15 seats and leaving them with only 11.
LIB DEM: 8
Total seats 72
The majority party will meet next week to elect a Leader and the newly-elected council will meet for the first time on Wednesday May 15.
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Labour are just two seats short of achieving overall control in the council elections in Northumberland.
The local party leader Grant Davey said he would be talking to other parties about creating a working majority.
LIB DEM: 11
Get more at www.northumberland.gov.uk
An independent candidate representing the fight to save consultant led maternity services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton has won a seat on North Yorkshire County Council.
Stuart Parsons stood in the Richmond ward for the 'Save our Friarage' group.
The results of the by-election in Pallister Ward held on Thursday, May 2:
David Cottrell, UKIP 262
Zoe Greaves, Conservative 29
Gary McArthur, Lib Dem 27
Mick Thompson, Labour 608 (Elected)
The by-election was called following the resignation of Councillor Barry Coppinger who was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland in November 2012.