The Conservatives failed to take overall control of Craven District Council as the results came in today.

The Tories needed to win nine of the 11 seats up for election to gain control, but fell just short of their target, taking eight.

Only one seat changed hands, with Conservative candidate Pam Heseltine regaining control of Skipton East from the Liberal Democrats.

The first Labour Party candidates to stand for local council seats in Craven in over a decade failed to make an impact, trailing in last in each of the five wards they contested.

Of the 11 seats being contested, the Conservatives took eight, the Liberal Democrats two, and one other candidate, David Ireton, retaining his seat in Ingleton and Clapham.

The results mean that the council now comprises 15 Conservative, nine Independents, five Liberal Democrats and one other.

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