Commenting on the results of the County Council elections, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said:
Businesses believe that creating the right economic conditions to encourage local job creation and growth should be high on the list of priorities for all Local Authorities following yesterday’s election.
With the UK economy still in recovery and the constant need to review spending, difficult decisions will still need to be made to reduce the deficit and rebalance the books.
The issue is how this is dealt with locally and whether or not councillors make spending decisions which reflect what local people are looking for and what the economy needs.
As such, each Local Authority must prioritise the needs of its residents and economy.
The Chamber will, on behalf of its members and the wider business community, seek to work constructively with the new leadership at both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils to ensure the voice of local business is both heard and carefully considered at all stages of the decision-making process.
The Labour Party has gained 18 seats in Nottinghamshire, taking overall control of the County Council.
The Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats both lost seats.
UKIP lost its only councillor.
- Labour Party – 34 seats
- Conservatives – 21 seats
- Liberal Democrats – 8 seats
- Mansfield Independent Forum – 2 seats
- Other – 1 seat
- Independent – 1 seat
Labour wins back overall control of Nottinghamshire County Council from the Conservatives. They have a majority of one.
Despite losing 12 seats overall, the Conservatives have retained control of Worcestershire County Council. Labour gained nine seats. The Liberal Democrats lost five.
- Labour – 12 seats
- Conservatives – 30 seats
- Liberal Democrat – 3 seats
West Bridgford Central and South have been taken from the Conservatives by Labour.
Nottinghamshire local election results are still being counted.
- Conservatives – 30 seats
- Labour – 10 seats
- Liberal Democrats – 13 seats
- UKIP – 2 seats
Conservative Councillor Philip Atkins thanks voters following confirmation they have retained control of Staffordshire County Council.
David Cameron said UKIP's surge in the local elections was a "major lesson" for the main political parties.
When asked whether he regretted labelling UKIP members "fruitcakes", the Prime Minister said it was "no good insulting any political party."
The outcome is on a knife-edge in Nottinghamshire. If Labour can win all eight seats in Arnold and Carlton, they will take the council.
Following UKIP's strong showing in the local elections, Conservative leader David Cameron said: "We need to show respect for people who have taken the choice to support this party and we are going to work really hard to win them back."