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Plymouth City Council: Conservatives gain seat leading to hung council

Labour are no longer the largest party on Plymouth City Council - and the leader of the Council Tudor Evans faces a challenge to keep hold of his job.

Last night's election saw the Conservatives gain one seat, in Eggbuckland, meaning the parties are tied at 27 seats each in a hung council.

Voting took place for 19 of its 57 seats - about a third.

Labour previously had the most seats on the authority, with 28, followed by the Conservatives with 26.

Overnight, the Conservatives gained one seat to take them up to 27 councillors, the same number as Labour, with UKIP remaining on three.

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Exeter City Council: Labour strengthen control

It's been a night of elections across the South West, including council elections.

In Exeter Labour strengthened its control of the City Council. It now has 30 of the 39 seats, with the Conservatives 8 and the Lib-Dems just 1.

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The party had thought new boundary changes could have favoured the opposition but it wasn't the case as Ben Bradshaw MP tells us.

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Voters approve ban on second homes

The Cornish seaside town of St. Ives has voted to stop the building of second homes.

A referendum for the 12,000 residents of St Ives was held after a surge in holiday homes in the Cornish town and a shortage of affordable housing.

The referendum for the residents of St Ives was held after a surge in second homes in the town. Credit: ITV West Country

It's been nicknamed Kensington-on-Sea because of the number of rich holidaymakers who own houses there - but now of St Ives has spoken out on the number of holiday homes in the town.

More than 80% of voters backed the ban.

THE STATS

  • Turnout was 42.7%
  • Yes votes 3,075 (83.2%)
  • No votes 616 (16.7%)

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