COUNTY ELECTIONS: Corby area

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The results for the Corby area are now all in.

One of the shocks of the day came in Corby, where the Lib Dems took the Oakley ward from Labour.

Chris Stanbra has taken the seat from Mary Butcher, with only about 50 votes between the Lib Dems and the Tories in third.

Mr Stanbra said: “I am absolutely delighted and I am so grateful to the people of the Oakley division for their support.

“I would like to thank Mary Butcher for all she has done.

“I was not expecting to win and it has been a really hard campaign.

“I want to sort out the potholes, the roads are being poorly maintained and this council needs to act.”

Elsewhere the Conservatives held Corby Rural, with Sandra Naden-Horley elected.

And Labour retained Corby West with Julie Brookfield re-elected.

She said: “I just want to thank everyone who voted for me and for the affirmation in the belief of the Labour Party in Corby.

“I want to thank my team and I am really grateful for their work.

“I want to continue to work to improve children’s services and invest in schools and children’s centres.”

Labour leader John McGee has been re-elected for the Kingswood ward, and Labour have also retained the Lloyds ward with Bob Scott triumphing.

But Mr McGhee says he probably won’t be putting he name forward as Labour leader.

He said: “I am happy that people have supported me in such large numbers and I will continue to work hard for them.

“Overall I am disappointed as it does not look like there will be any opposition and services will continue to be depleted.

“I probably will not be putting my name forward as leader of the Labour group on the county council.

“I think it could be time for someone new to take the reigns.”

Results live