Tories keep control of new-look borough council with an eight-seat majority

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CONSERVATIVES have retained control of Rugby Borough Council with a strong showing at the polls yesterday.

They have 25 seats on the revised authority, with Labour taking ten and the Lib-Dems six. Former Tory Howard Roberts was elected as an independent.

The result gives Craig Humphrey’s group an eight-seat majority at the town hall.

Many authorities conducted their counts last night, but in Rugby the ballot boxes were not emptied until this morning.

Boundary Commission reforms reduced the number of seats on the council from 48 to 42. The balance of power before the election was: Conservative 28, Labour 11, Lib-Dem 8, Independent 1.

More to follow.