Update: Conservatives retain South Norfolk Council control
The Conservatives have today retained their large majority in South Norfolk after losing just one seat in the district council elections.
The Liberal Democrats bucked the national trend of big losses for their party by retaining all their seats and gaining one.
The political map of South Norfolk Council is now made up of 38 Conservatives and eight Liberal Democrats.
The local authority is virtually unchanged from the 2007 local elections. The only change was the Lib Dems wining the Forncett ward following the death of Tory councillor Hedley Smith last year.
John Fuller, leader of the council, said he was 'delighted' with the result and had expected bigger loses after the landslide victory of four years ago. He added that the council would look to advance discussions with sharing services with Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
'We have consolidated our lead. Turnout was high and we have fought unashamedly on our local record in freezing council tax in three out of four years and improved service levels.'
'When you win, you take on the responsibility of dealing with a council that is really a big business. Looking ahead, there are tough times ahead and we are looking to balance the books by reducing overheads and sharing services with neighbouring authorities,' he said.
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Murray Gray, leader of the South Norfolk Liberal democrat group, added: 'We have bucked the national trend and we have gained a seat and increased the majority in our other seats at a time when the Liberal Democrats are being hit badly across the country.'
Turnout for the district council vote was 46pc - 1pc higher than four years ago. In the referendum on the Alternative Vote, 13,332 voted for a change to the voting system and 32,400 people in south Norfolk said 'No'.
The South Norfolk results in full:
* denotes an elected councillor
Abbey: Robert Savage* (C) 678, Peter Smith (Lib Dem) 328
Beck Vale: Keith Tilcock* (C) 491, Kerri Worrall (Lib Dem) 441
Bressingham and Burston: Ashley Camm (Lib Dem) 290, Keith Weeks* (C) 787
Brooke: John Fuller* (C) 855, Judith Tryggvason (Lib Dem) 299
Bunwell: Nigel Crouch (Lab) 312, Rodney Myall (Lib Dem) 123, Bev Spratt* (C) 691
Chedgrave and Thurton: Peter Arnold (Lib Dem) 244, Derek Blake* (C) 600, Ronald Murphy (UKIP) 202
Cringleford: Christopher Kemp* (C) 1089, Jan Kitchener (Green) 359, Robert Pell (Green) 253, John Peterson (Lib Dem) 323, Victoria Smillie (Lab) 362, Garry Wheatley* (C) 1036
Cromwells: Melvyn Elias (Lib Dem) 387, Neil Ward* (C) 461
Dickleburgh: Pamela Reekie (Lab) 144, Paul Seeman (Lib Dem) 132, Martin Wilby* (C) 762
Diss: Trevor Clark (Lab) 574, Evan Heasley (UKIP) 391, Keith Kiddie* (C) 1078, Tony Palmer* (C) 1220, Glyn Walden* (C) 1251, Fiona Wenman (Lib Dem) 669, Trevor Wenman (Lib Dem) 563
Ditchingham and Broome: Pauline Allen* (Lib Dem) 561, Sam Carter (C) 361
Earsham: Jethro Elsden (C) 317, Murray Gray* (Lib Dem) 623
Easton: Allan Bedford (Lib Dem) 218, Margaret Dewsbury* (C) 791
Forncett: Barry Duffin (C) 539, Bob Mcclenning* (Lib Dem) 664
Gillingham: Kay Billig* (C) 613, Mandy Smith (Lib Dem) 438
Harleston: Susan Kuzmic (Lib Dem) 508, Fran Pitt-Pladdy (Lib Dem) 589, David Reekie (Lab) 293, Brian Riches* (C) 775, Jeremy Savage* (C) 668
Hempnall: Fiona Clarke (Lib Dem) 329, Michael Windridge* (C) 719
Hethersett: David Bills* (C) 1092, Leslie Dale* (C) 983, Laura Green (Lab) 555, Jacky Sutton (Lib Dem) 781
Hingham and Deopham: Yvonne Bendle* (C) 729, Peter Eldridge (Green) 281, Lindsey Wright (Lib Dem) 154
Loddon: Colin Gould* (C) 649, Mary Quarmby (Lib Dem) 236
Mulbarton: Shirley Hagger (Lib Dem) 407, Jon Herbert* (C) 1118, Nigel Legg* (C) 1002, Margaret Pitcher (Lib Dem) 367, Roy Walmsley (Green) 441
New Costessey: Ian Boreham (Green) 299, Cid Gibbs (Labour) 359, Yan Hardinge* (Lib Dem) 633, John Seddon (Green) 148, Oliver Taylor (C) 451, Gerard Watt* (Lib Dem) 636, Vivienne Weeks (C) 343
Newton Flotman: Eve Domeyer (Lib Dem) 428, Laura Webster* (C) 536
Northfields: Pat Dore (Lib Dem) 93, Joe Mooney* (C) 716, Douglas Underwood (Lab) 286
Old Costessey: Vivienne Bell* (Lib Dem) 1090, Tim East* (Lib Dem) 1116, Caroline Savage (C) 560, Ronald Smith (C) 558
Poringland with the Framinghams: Oliver Best (Lib Dem) 480, Nicola Fowler (Lab) 467, Lisa Neal* (C) 1110, John Overton* (C) 1244
Rockland: Joanne Bissonnet (Lab) 250, Daniel Scott (Lib Dem) 166, Sue Thomson* (C) 693, Ingo Wagenknecht (Ind) 92
Roydon: David Goldson* (C) 508, Paul Howling (Lib Dem) 260
Rustens: Jeremy Dore (Lib Dem) 88, Colin Fougler* (C) 436, Jo Hardy (Green) 110, Sandra Underwood (Lab) 185
Scole: Brian Fookes (Lib Dem) 131, Roy Philpot (UKIP) 156, Jenny Wilby* (C) 609
Stoke Holy Cross: Jane Hutchings (Green) 151, Jeremy Kent (UKIP) 74, Trevor Lewis* (Lib Dem) 635, Stella Rice (C) 403
Stratton: Terry Blowfield* (C) 962, Janet King (Lab) 374, Alistair Miller (Lib Dem) 479, Linden Parker (Lib Dem) 344, Andrew Pond* (C) 709
Tasburgh: Florence Ellis* (C) 636, Philippa Grant (Lib Dem) 428
Thurlton: Claire Jackson (Lib Dem) 225, William Kemp* (C) 540, Derek West (Green) 271
Town: Michael Crouch (Lab) 277, Lee Hornby* (C) 715, Jane Walker (Lib Dem) 148
Wicklewood: Jessica Austin (Ind) 67, Paul Blathwayt (Lib Dem) 149, Michael Edney* (C) 665, Dominic Roskrow (Lab) 234