Lib Dems suffer as Labour and UKIP win seats

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Conservatives retained a comfortable majority after voters went to the polls for the district council elections, but there was plenty of drama at a lively election count on Friday.

The Labour Party picked up their first two seats for more than 10 years, while the UK Independence Party (UKIP) were elected for the first time ever, with two winning candidates in Quarrendon.

The biggest casualty of the day was Liberal Democrat group leader Alan Sherwell, who lost his Bedgrove seat to the Tories.

But the Conservatives did not have it all their own way, with cabinet member Huw Lewis unseated in Buckingham North.

And proving that every vote counts, Conservative Barbara Russel toppled Liberal Democrat Graham Webster, currently mayor of Aylesbury, with a majority of just one.

She polled 307 to Mr Webster’s 306 in the Aylesbury Central ward.

Of the 59 seats, Conservatives returned 37 candidates, while the Lib Dems won 17 seats, with Labour and UKIP getting two apiece, and independent Peter Cooper keeping his position in Wingrave.

Labour’s Robin Stuchbury won a seat on Buckingham North, and Michael Beall wrestled a Southcourt seat from Liberal Democrat incumbent David Ralph.

There was drama in Quarrendon, where two Liberal Democrats were toppled by UKIP’s Chris Adams and Andy Huxley.

Ray Ghent and Maria Butler both lost their seats in that ward.