LABOUR has retained its massive majority at Coventry City Council after yesterday’s elections.
In a bad night nationally for the two main parties, the Labour group in Coventry won in Earlsdon, where Becky Gittins took the seat off former Conservative council leader Ken Taylor by 104 votes.
The Labour group lost its seat in Bablake to the Tory candidate Tarlochan Singh Jandu – where there has been widespread opposition to housebuilding on Green belt.
The night saw gains in terms of share of the vote for the smaller parties locally and nationally – including the Greens, Lib Dems and UKIP.
The results means Labour stay on 40 seats, the Tories stay on 13, with one Independent who was not required to stand again this year (Glenn Williams).
In a climate of widespread disillusionment with mainstream party politics, the average turnout across the city was 27 per cent.
In total, 61,835 people voted. Just over 16,000 voted by postal vote. There were 140 polling stations.