Milton Keynes Council: How it looks after the election

Labour leader Pete Marland

Labour leader Pete Marland

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The Conservatives narrowly missed out on the chance to take over Milton Keynes Council as both Labour and the Lib Dems suffered shock defeats across the city.

Despite starting the day out with 25 councillors, Labour are now left with 23 while the Tories hover behind on 22.

Veteran Labour councillor Martin Petchy lost his supposededly safe seat in Stantonbury to 23-year-old Conservative Alex Walker who managed to edge 60 votes in front.

While over in Monkston and Shenley Brook End the Tories scooped the previously held Lib Dem seats, which fellow councillors described as a “shock result”.

But after picking up a few seats from Labour, the Lib Dem group finished how they started the count - with 12 seats.

Not all council seats were up for grabs today - just 19 out of 57 as councillors are elected every three years.

Labour now have just a one-seat majority in MK Council.