Labour has argued that their loss of Hull Council following over ten years of control is a result of Conservative voters switching to the Liberal Democrats.

Outgoing council leader Daren Hale told BBC Radio Humberside earlier today that: “In the seats we held, our majority went up. It was the collapse of the Tory vote which, in a sense the Labour party isn’t responsible for, that led to those seats changing hands.”

Newly minted Liberal Democrat council leader Mike Ross, said his party won control as “people feel failed by a Labour council after over a decade”.

The Liberal Democrats gained a net three seats in the city. This left the party with 29 seats on the 57-seat council. Labour now hold 27 seats, and one independent councillor remains. The sole Conservative seat fell to Labour.