The Conservatives have held on to control of the Derbyshire borough of Amber Valley in the local elections.
The Tories retained control of the authority despite losing four seats to Labour.
They hope putting the squeeze on the Tories in Ripley will allow them to cause a few upsets in council meetings.
The British National Party (BNP) lost the two seats it won in 2008, also to Labour, which has gained six seats in total.
The council is now made up of 24 Conservative members and 21 Labour councillors.
The turnout was 20.5%, thought to be its lowest on record according to BBC East Midlands Today’s political editor John Hess.
The Tories have been in control of Amber Valley for the past 12 years.
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