Council turns red in election

The Labour Party are celebrating a landslide victory in the council elections which saw the departure of several well known councillors from rival parties, writes Lorraine King. A sea of red swept through Brent as Labour seized back seat 21 seats from war

The Labour Party are celebrating a landslide victory in the council elections which saw the departure of several well known councillors from rival parties, writes Lorraine King.

A sea of red swept through Brent as Labour seized back seat 21 seats from wards such as Tokyngton and Kilburn which they lost in 2006.

Councillors from traditional Tory wards like Preston and Barnhill are no doubt feeling blue after their comfortable seats were overturned by Labour.

High-profile casualties include former Wembley Central Lib Dem councillor Valerie Brown, current Mayor of Brent Jim O'Sullivan who lost his Tory seat in Barnhill, and former Liberal Democrat councillor Anthony Dunn whose entire Kilburn ward was snatched back by Labour.

Results

Labour: 40 seats - up 21

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Lib Dem: 17 seats - down 10

Conservative: Six seats - down nine

Other: 0 - down two

Detailed round up of all the results will be in this week's Times out on Thursday.