The Conservatives held two seats in South Kesteven and gained a seat from an independent in Redcar and Cleveland.
Ayesha Azad and Mark Pengelly: In Woking, we are determined that council tenants must have the chance of home ownership
Our innovative Earn Your Deposit Scheme would give the young a real chance to get on the housing ladder.
Susan Hall: Only Conservatives can preserve the interests of business amidst the rise of the Far Left
The Mayor of London’s attacks on Uber and the car hire industry show he is positioning himself for a future Labour leadership contest.
Conservatives have a proud record of social reform. I want to break down the barriers to people escaping poverty.
Council committees lack independence. Local newspapers are sadly in decline. There is not the equivalent rigour to that provided by Parliament and the media nationally.
As Labour councils around us abolish libraries, we’re building new ones. We are working flat out to win the local elections. Our message is: “Keep moving forward.”
The Conservatives lost seats to Labour in Nottingham and Medway, to independents in Rutland and East Hampshire, and to a Lib Dem in Dacorum.
Oliver Freeston: Labour councils always blame “the cuts” to dodge focus on their management failings
In North East Lincolnshire we see lots of complicated and unnecessary strategies being adopted – while there is a failure to get the basics right.
£750,000 is allocated for “mother tongue teaching”. Yet there is almost no budget for English as a spoken language for non-English-speaking parents.
Councils sharing space with job centres is an example. It means an improved service – and releases buildings which can be sold to reduce debt and provide new homes.
Tougher exams are not to blame. Too often children’s time for the first three years of secondary school is wasted.
A highways partnership deal has resulted in fewer potholes, new street lighting – and saved a million pounds a year.
The Conservatives held seats in Basingstoke & Deane and Solihull. The Lib Dems held a seat in East Devon – while the SNP held a seat in Clackmannanshire.
From schools, to helping the youngest get the best start in life, through to leading regeneration – we always strive to ensure that nobody is left behind.
The City will see increased parking charges across the city as well as higher Council Tax. Road maintenance is neglected, yet £800,000 a year is spent on PR.