The Liberal Democrats have taken overall control of St Albans District Council after a fine set of election results.

The city’s MP, Daisy Cooper, has hailed the news as "amazing" after the 2021 local election count held at Batchwood Sports Centre.

Although the council was being led by Liberal Democrat Chris White, it had been in no overall control since 2019 after the Conservatives lost vital seats - the Tories had previously been in control of the council.

After the latest set of votes, the council is now represented by 30 Lib Dem councillors, along with 23 Conservatives, two from Labour, two Independents, and a Green councillor.

The Lib Dems won half of the 20 seats up for grabs in May, including seats from the Conservatives in Harpenden East, Harpenden North and Marshalswick South, as well as a Labour seat in Sopwell.

Labour suffered a further loss in London Colney – this time to the Tories – while the Conservatives won a seat in Park Street that had been held by an Independent.

Overall, the Lib Dems gained five seats, the Tories lost one, Labour lost three, two Independents were lost, and there was no change in the number of Green councillors.

For a full list of election results from St Albans district, click here.