Conservatives retain power in Tamworth but Labour gain four seats
The Conservatives Party has retained power in Tamworth, although with a reduced majority
Ten of the 30 borough council seats were up for grabs this year, with four of the most senior council members facing re-election.
Labour has gained four more seats, while the Tories lost three – although all parties were disappointed that the torrential rain drove off many voters.
The Conservatives have been in control of Tamworth Borough Council since 2004. They started the evening with 21 councillors while Labour had 7, with one Independent councillor.
The new Labour members are Patrick Standen (Wilnecote), Matthew McDermid (Castle) and Garry Hirons (Glascote), as well as former councillors Margaret Clarke (Stonydelph) and Marion Couchman (Belgrave) returning to office.
And town teacher Richard Kingstone in his first election held the Mercian ward for the Conservatives.
Veteran councillors Gerry Pinner (Labour - Spital) and Conservative stalwart Mary Oates (Wilnecote) were the shock losses of the night.
Conservative leader Cllr Daniel Cook, said: "We are disappointed by the very low turnout, just 27 per cent, and we feel it's a reflection of national apathy which both parties need to address.
"But we are pleased we have retained our majority on the council and I congratulate Labour on their victories."
Cllr Robert Pritchard, Conservative deputy leader: "With turnout just 27 per cent, it was a disappointing result, in some places, there were 400 people fewer voting.
"Labour has only just won some of these seats. It's more about the national politics than local.
"But we will carry out a series of manifesto promises which we have made."
Labour opposition leader Cllr John Faulkner welcomed the results.
"I think the general picture is good, it's better by far than we had expected. It is great to welcome some new strong councillors, who will represent their constituents well," he said.
"Although Labour has not regained control of Tamworth tonight, we have increased our number of councillors and it's a good springboard for taking back control of the council at the next borough council elections in 2014.
"It's going to make a more interesting and accountable council to have a more balanced picture."
Amington: Evelyn Rowe – Conservative hold
Belgrave: Marion Couchman – Labour gain
Bolehall: John Faulkner – Labour hold
Castle: Matthew McDermid – Labour gain
Glascote: Garry Hirons – Labour gain
Mercian: Richard Kingstone – Conservative hold
Spital: Robert Pritchard – Conservative hold
Stonydelph: Margaret Clarke – Labour gain
Trinity: Daniel Cook – Conservative hold
Wilnecote: Patrick Standen – Labour gain
The Council is now made up of: 18 Conservatives 11 Labour, 1 Independent
Here's some of the live reaction from Twitter last night: