THE NATION will be watching the outcome of today’s local elections in Derbyshire as the Conservative-led county council will be looking to maintain control despite Tory losses elsewhere in the country.
As results across the country roll in, UKIP has clinched early gains in council elections across England and nationally the Conservatives have lost control of two councils, but retained five others, while Labour has so far made modest gains in the Midlands and the south of England.
The Tories are defending thousands of seats last fought for in 2009 - when they were in opposition and when Labour had its worst night in local election history - and these seats include 31 Conservative seats at Derbyshire County Council where the party’s councillors seized control from Labour during the last local election.
The current breakdown of seats for Derbyshire County Council includes 31 Conservatives, 22 Labour, eight Liberal Democrat, two Independent and one UKIP.
Voters attended polling stations across the Derbyshire yesterday, Thursday, May 2, and the count will continue today, Friday, May 3, with updates on the Derbyshire Times’ website and on the DT’s Twitter page as results come in.
The full results will be expected by the late afternoon and evening and they will also be featured on the DT website.
For details visit the DT website www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk or for Twitter up-dates go to the DT home page, click on News in the top left hand corner, and go to DT Live News on the drop down menu.