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Conservatives chuffed to bits'

PUBLISHED: 13:17 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

CONSERVATIVES celebrated a victory in the local elections after gaining six seats.

CONSERVATIVES celebrated a victory in the local elections after gaining six seats.

The Tories won the extra places on the council last Thursday. It means there are now 53 Conservative, four Liberal Democrat and three Labour councillors.

Leader of Bromley council Stephen Carr said: "We are chuffed to bits. We have a massive majority when nationally there is a mixed picture.

"We will now be focussing on delivering the Area Action Plan to Bromley as we come out of the recession as well as the Orpington Masterplan."

Labour councillors said they were happy with the result considering the "national climate" of feeling towards them.

Penge and Cator Labour councillor, Peter Fookes, who retained his seat, said: "We are very pleased with the results.

"People see us being active in the community and not just coming out when it is election time. We don't ignore people."

Asked why he thought he had held his seat, he said: "We have been fighting where the Conservatives have let us down. We need a new library and new health facilities. We will be doing lots of lobbying in the future."

Liberal Democrat councillor for Crystal Palace, John Canvin, a councillor for eight years, believed he retained his seat because of Lib Dems' commitment to the area.

He said: "I'm well established as a councillor here. People have eight years of experience of my service.

"We were a bit disappointed not to gain seats. Nationally, the Lib Dem popularity went up like a rocket and down like a stick."

He added that the Lib Dems would continue to work with local organisations like the New Crystal Palace group which wants to rebuild Crystal Palace and the Picture Palace campaign which wants a cinema in the area.

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