Labour has strengthened its hold on Gedling Borough Council, despite gains for the Liberal Democrats and Independents.
Labour now has 29 councillors and there are eight Conservatives.
There are two Liberal Democrats – a gain of one – and two independents councillors – a gain of two.
Compared to 2015’s result, Labour gained four seats, while the Conservatives lost seven councillors.
Labour’s leader John Clarke, who retained his seat in Netherfield, said he was ‘delighted’ with the result.
He said: “After eight years of dedication we ran on a promise of doing what we said we would. And we’re very proud of that record, but always looking to improve.
“It’s not always easy, with what’s happening in national politics, but we are very good locally and that has shown.
“We don’t play about with big politics, we leave that to Westminster. We could go on about austerity forever, but for now we’ve just got to find a way around it.
“This is a bloody nose for Kay Cutts [The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council] if she thinks she’s going to come in and take Gedling just like that she’s got another thing coming. I think they will have a riot on their hands if they try to do that.
“There’s still a lot of work to do in Gedling, but we are trusted here, and we work very hard for that trust, so I’m delighted with the result.”
A plan by the Conservatives at County Hall would have seen the borough council abolished altogether, and replaced with one new county-wide authority.
This, they said, would save millions at a time when councils are cash-strapped, and would have helped improve council services.
But Labour strongly opposed the plan, which has now been indefinitely shelved.
Conservative leader Chris Barnfather, who kept his seat in Newstead Abbey, said “It’s hugely disappointing, I’ve been in politics long enough to know that it can be a brutal business.
“It’s clearly been a bad day for us. To drop down to a total of eight councillors, it’s massively disappointing.
“When Westminster coughs local councillors catch a cold, and that’s clearly been seen today.
“Having said that, Labour has had a very good day today, their message has clearly resonated, and I congratulate them for the campaign they have led.”
When asked whether he thought the Prime Minister should step aside in the wake of disappointing results nationally, councillor Barnfather said: “I think the Prime Minister has got a job to do, and I would like to see that completed.”
The first seat to be announced in the count today was the Dumbles ward.
In her acceptance speech, Conservative councillor Helen Greensmith took aim at the national party.
She said: “I hope the Conservatives fully appreciate they are going to lose a lot of really good candidates as a result of what’s going off in Westminster.”
The overall result was: Labour 29, Conservatives eight, Liberal Democrats two, Independents two.
Turnout was 36.14 percent