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The Conservatives remain the largest party and hold a majority in Harrogate following yesterday's local elections.
Following a boundary review, the entire council was elected on Thursday with 40 seats being contested in 40 wards.
With more than half the seats declared, the Conservatives had enough seats to retain control.
New composition is as follows:
- Conservatives - 31
- Liberal Democrats - 7
- Independents - 2
No change in Craven, North Yorkshire, where the Conservatives remain the largest party.
Nine district council seats were contested and all nine were held - seven by Conservative candidates and two by Independents.
The composition of the council remains the same:
- Conservatives - 17
- Independent - 6
- Labour - 3
- Liberal Democrat - 1
- Green - 1
- UKIP - 1
- Independent aligned with Conservative group - 1
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Conservative Julia Mulligan has been reelected as North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.
The contest with Labour's Steve Howley went to a second count.
Janet Waggott , Police Area Returning Officer for North Yorkshire Police Authority and Chief Executive of Ryedale District Council made the announcement at the results centre in Malton.
“Congratulations to Julia on her new appointment. Today, she joins 41 newly elected commissioners across the country, which form part of a central service within the Police workforce. I look forward to working with Julia, as part of our commitment to deliver the North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership, and also our partner commissioners to help them deliver their key priorities.”
The turnout for York and North Yorkshire elections was 135,642 (22.47 per cent). The highest percentage of residents to vote was Craven with a turn out of 33.98 per cent.
Conservative Party candidate Marc Jones has been elected as Lincolnshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner.
He fought off competition from Victoria Ayling (UKIP), Lucinda Preston (Labour), and Daniel Simpson (Lincolnshire Independents).
Jones who received 48,033 votes overall will succeed outgoing Independent Alan Hardwick in the post.
Victoria Ayling finished second with 37,420 votes.
The Conservative Party remains in control of Craven District Council following this year's local elections.
Thirty seats were contested with average turnout at 41%.
The Conservative Party has increased its majority control of Harrogate Council by two seats following yesterday's local elections.
Following the elections, the breakdown of Harrogate Borough Council is now: 37 Conservative (+2), 15 Lib Dem, 2 Independent, 0 United Alliance (-2)
The Conservatives have held on to Selby District Council, winning 22 seats. Labour won eight seats, along with one independent councillor.