County council blow for Conservatives

Lancashire County Council election count for the Fylde area

Lancashire County Council election count for the Fylde area

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An uncertain future awaits Lancashire County Council after no party won a clear majority following elections.

Labour made the biggest gains with 39 of the 84 seats – up 23 from four years ago.

The Conservatives had a bad day at the polls as they lost a total of 19 seats. And Liberal Democrats also saw their number of councillors reduced to six.

The Conservative Party was the big winner in Fylde as four of its representatives swept to victory.

Fabian Craig-Wilson, Paul Rigby and Tim Ashton were re-elected, while in a major shock, Peter Buckley triumphed against Liberal Democrat candidate Howard Henshaw in St Annes North.

Independent candidates Paul Hayhurst and Elizabeth Oades were both re-elected in Fylde West and Fylde East respectively, in what was a much reduced turn out of 30 per cent in the borough, down from 41 per cent in 2009.

Despite some success elsewhere in the country, the UK Independence Party did not prove overly popular with voters, with two second placed candidates in Lytham and St Annes South.

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