Labour retains majority at Coventry City Council

The Labour Party has retained its majority at Coventry City Council after yesterday’s elections across the country.

In a bad night nationally for the two main parties, the Labour group in Coventry won in Earlsdon, where Becky Gittins took the seat off former Conservative council leader Ken Taylor by just 104 votes.

In Bablake, the Conservatives had better luck with Tarlochan Singh Jandu stealing the seat from Labour.

The results mean the makeup of Coventry City Council stays the same, with 40 Labour seats and 13 Conservative seats, and one Independent.

Nationally, the election saw widespread gains for the smaller parties, including the Green Party, Liberal Democrats and UKIP, in what is speculated to be as a result of widespread disillusionment with the two main parties.

Voter turnout has been notoriously low in Coventry in recent years, and this year was no different. The average turnout across the city was only 27 per cent.