VIDEO: Tories hold Northamptonshire County Council

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The Conservative Party have retained control of Northamptonshire County Council.

With a few results still to come in, the party passed the 29-seat mark which means they will have a majority in the new council.

County Hall is up for grabs

County Hall is up for grabs

County council leader Jim Harker narrowly held on to his Ise seat for the ruling Conservatives, holding off a challenge from UKIP’s Jonathan Bullock.

But UKIP’s Jim Broomfield won his party’s first council seat, taking Brackley from the Conservatives.

Elsewhere in the north of the county, Independent Christopher Groome has held Burton and Broughton, while Bill Parker has been re-elected to the Clover Hill ward, and Derek Lawson has retained Higham Ferrers for the Tories.

Elizabeth Coombe has taken the Brickhill and Queensway ward for Labour.

Tim Maguire, Labour candidate for the Irchester ward, said: “We’ve had a great campaign.

“I think the boundary changes haven’t done me any favours.”

Tony Aslam, Labour candidate for the Croyland and Swanspool ward in Wellingborough, said: “The campaign has been enjoyable, but hard work.”

Paul Bell, Conservative candidate in the Earls Barton ward, said: “It’s been a hard, but enjoyable campaign.

“I think the boundary changes will affect the outcomes. Whatever you say, if the boundaries had been left alone we might have seen different results.”

Cllr Bob Patel, Conservative candidate for the Finedon ward, said: “I know there’s resistance from the Finedon local people to the boundary changes. But we accept it and it has been going very well.”

Andy Mercer, Conservative candidate for the Rushden south ward, said: “The boundary changes have affected us. Rushden and Higham are two very distinctive towns. The north east part of Rushden has been shoe horned in with Higham Ferrers. They are so different, it’s difficult to be the candidate for both.”

The votes will be counted at Kettering Conference Centre this afternoon, and our team of reporters and photographers will be there to keep you up to date as soon as the results are announced.

Keep returning to our website to see the results as they come in, or follow @NTnewseditor, @GemmaToulson or @HuwSilkNT on Twitter.

You can also watch the count live on the county council’s website.