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LOCAL ELECTIONS: LIB DEMS LOSE CONTROL OF OLDHAM AS BNP MAKE AN IMPACT

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By LGC reporter Nick Triggle in Oldham ...
By LGC reporter Nick Triggle in Oldham

The Liberal Democrats lost control of Oldham MBC as the BNP failed to win any seats at Thursday's local elections.

In a closely-fought election which saw a third of the 60 seats up for grabs, the Lib Dems lost two while Labour gained four.

The result means the Lib Dems have 29 councillors - just one more than Labour. There are two Tories and one Green.

Meanwhile, the BNP did not win a seat as the mainstream voters were mobilised, with turnout being much higher than expected. It was estimated to be 10% higher than the last local elections.

However, the far right party still managed to make an impact in the town which was the scene of race riots exactly a year ago.

Of the five seats contested, the party was runner-up in four.

Local MP Phil Woolas said: 'Of course I'm worried about the BNP's showing, but the decent people of Oldham have rejected extremism.'

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