A jubilant Labour group are celebrating after increasing their majority on Blackpool Council against the odds.
For the first time ever, the party has a seat in Squires Gate after upsetting Lib Dem incumbent Douglas Green.
Despite suffering badly in the General Election, Labour held strong in Blackpool to win 29 seats - gaining one seat since the 2011 elections
All 13 Conservative seats in the resort stayed blue in a vote that delivered very few upsets.
Leader of the Labour group Coun Simon Blackburn said: “I am absolutely delighted.
“If anyone had said to me we would increase our majority I would have thought there was something wrong with them.
“It is just a marvellous day for Blackpool Labour, for our council and all of our candidates and workers who put so much effort in.
“I am so proud to lead 29 people with so much passion.”
He said the focus now is on delivering on his group’s “simple and practical” manifesto as the council faces another £58m of cuts over the next four years under a Tory government.
“Making silly spending promises is not going to work,” he said.
Leader of the Conservative group Coun Tony Williams, who kept his Anchorsholme seat, said he was proud of his party’s showing.
He said: “We haven’t lost any seats at all.
“We are celebrating a very long campaign and I am delighted we have maintained our votes.”
He said the Tory majority in some wards had increased compared to 2011.
“In some places the vote was extremely close,” he added. In Layton, Conservative hopeful John Ridyard missed out by just 30 votes.
UKIP put in some strong performances - having entered a candidate in all 21 wards for the first time - but failed to win a seat.
Warwick Howlett, who came fifth in Warbreck, backed his party’s calls for electoral reform following the results.
He said: “It is a shame that over 12 per cent of the population won’t have a representative on the council - this is reflected in the national results as well.
“Despite receiving more than 3.5m votes nationally, UKIP won just one parliamentary seat.
Mr Howlett added: “It is not a true democratic representation of the town’s make-up.
“It has been a poor result for us but I am encouraged.
“We have got good grass roots and we need to get out and find out who these voters are and encourage them to take a more active stance.”
But a dismal day nationally for the Lib Dems was made worse when the party’s only Blackpool representative lost his seat.
Douglas Green was the only casualty on a day that saw voters in the resort back the status quo.
The only other former councillor to go home disappointed was Labour’s Pam Jackson, former Hawes Side councillor, who stood in the Tory stronghold of Stanley, which remained blue.
Her replacement in Hawes Side won to keep the ward under Labour control.
Paul Galley - Conservative - 1879
Jon Bamborough - Labour - 1054
Jane Hugo - Labour - 1048
Tony Williams - Conservative - 1620
Jaqueline Sidwell - UKIP - 637
Don Clapham - Conservative - 1559
Colin Maycock - Conservative - 1144
Sandra Braithwaite - UKIP - 787
John Hawkins-Arkwright - Labour - 1121
Nita Sproston - Labour - 839
Gordon Sinclair - The Green Party - 325
Gary Coleman - Labour - 1187
Simon Blackburn - Labour - 1181
Joey Blower - Conservative - 642
Shirley Cantrell - Conservative - 626
Colin Porter - UKIP - 432
Joanna Trafford - UKIP - 358
Marek Radomski - 42
Graham Cain - Labour - 1045
John Jones - Labour - 902
Phill Armstrong - The Green Party - 202
Liam Bleeker - UKIP - 585
Mandy Cunliffe - Conservative - 463
Annemarie Slack - Conservative - 294
Olga Krzyzaniak - 37
Ivan Taylor - Labour - 1276
Lynn Williams - Labour - 1035
Fred Barnes - Conservative - 563
Geraldine Brown - Conservative - 584
Sue Close - Lib Dem - 168
Alex Ewan - UKIP - 519
Jaguar Man - 46
Garry Richardson - The Green Party - 215
Adrian Hutton - Labour - 1315
Luke Taylor - Labour - 1074
John Braithwaite - UKIP - 823
Bev Ramsden - Conservative - 732
Phil Ramsden - Conservative - 651
Chris Ryan - Labour - 1280
Christine Wright - Labour - 1191
Angela Brown - Conservative - 1129
Vince McNulty - Conservative - 1061
Danny Fox - UKIP - 692
Debbie Coleman - Labour - 1287
Kim Critchley - Labour - 1204
Debbie Brailsford - UKIP - 610
Barry Wells - UKIP - 523
Vicky Cunningham - Conservative - 713
Andy Miller - Conservative - 686
Peter Hunter - Labour - 1374
Lily Henderson - Conservative - 1233
Graham Baker - Conservative - 1150
James Sorah - Labour - 1110
Lee White - UKIP - 735
Kath Rowson - Labour - 1438
Amy Cross - Labour - 1363
Michael Dillon - Conservative - 1236
Mathew Morris - Conservative - 869
Susan Howlett - UKIP - 675
Kathryn Benson - Labour - 1218
Martin Mitchell - Labour - 988
John Ridyard - Conservative - 966
Sue Ridyard - Conservative - 931
Philip Watt - TUSC - 90
Steve Werry - UKIP - 561
Jim Elmes - Labour - 1422
Vikki Singleton - Labour - 1166
Roger Stansfield - Conservative - 1136
Duncan Whitehead - Conservative - 1101
Paul Nield - UKIP - 813
Peter Callow - Conservative - 1839
Maxine Callow - Conservative - 1866
Neal Brookes - Labour - 1089
Rex Langford - Labour - 985
Catherine Grimbilakos - UKIP - 699
Gillian Campbell - Labour - 1148
Maria Kirkland - Labour - 1258
Brian Coope - Conservative - 932
Karen Coope - Conservative - 794
John Bebbington - UKIP - 552
Fred Jackson - Labour - 1209
David Owen - Labour - 966
Mark Courtney Massey - Conservative - 636
Tony Jones - Conservative - 539
Gina Eastwood - The Green Party - 274
Terry Knight - UKIP - 735
Christian Cox - Conservative - 1279
Alistair Humphreys - Labour - 804
Ben Singleton - Labour - 775
Gerard Walsh - Conservative - 802
Douglas Green - Lib Dem - 608
Bill Greene - Lib Dem - 359
Paul White - UKIP - 668
Jason Roberts - Conservative - 1468
Andrew Stansfield - Conservative - 1355
Martin Bleeker - UKIP - 756
Irene Greene - Lib Dem - 211
Pamela Jackson - Labour - 1026
Robert Wood - Labour - 806
Ian Coleman - Labour - 1145
Mark Smith - Labour - 981
Johdan Braithwaite - UKIP - 512
Billy Coughlin - Conservative - 756
Charlie Docherty - Conservative - 796
Stephen Troy - TUSC - 103
Eddie Collett - Labour - 1145
Allan Matthews - Labour - 1145
Moira Graham - Conservative - 872
Adam McCance - Conservative - 741
Paul Hindley - Lib Dem - 167
Kim Knight - UKIP - 658
Mark Tugwood - Independent - 144
Tony Brown - Conservative - 1237
Danny Scott - Conservative - 1197
Kevan Benfold - Lib Dem - 237
David Collett - Labour - 962
Matthew Haynes - Labour - 876
Warwick Howlett - UKIP - 633
Kathryn Sinclair - The Green Party - 250
Derek Robertson - Conservative - 1043
David O’Hara - Labour - 966
Julie Daniels - The Green Party - 340
Heather O’Hara - Labour - 921
Barry Vernon - Conservative - 784
Spencer Shackleton - UKIP - 740