Local elections: See how drama unfolded across Black Country and Staffordshire

See how local elections unfolded across the Black Country, Staffordshire and Wyre Forest.

Votes from across Walsall were counted in the early hours
Votes from across Walsall were counted in the early hours

We brought all the latest results and reaction live from across the region on what was a poor night for the two main parties.

Votes from the Black Country councils were counted in the early hours, with the results showing that support for the Conservatives had not collapsed as expected, however the party struggled in Staffordshire.

The Tories made gains in three of the four Black Country boroughs, taking full control of Walsall Council and tying with Labour in Dudley.

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Labour remains in complete control of Sandwell Council after winning all 24 seats up for grabs on Thursday - but Labour council leader Steve Trow has since announced plans to stand down after just two months in charge.

In Wolverhampton the Tories gained one seat - by eight votes - as Labour continued its domination in the city with 51 out of 60 seats. Roger Lawrence's successor as leader was set to be elected on Friday evening.

In general the Conservatives struggled in Staffordshire - losing 23 seats across the Lichfield, Stafford and South Staffordshire councils - while Labour lost seats on a good day for the Greens in Cannock Chase.

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Meanwhile it was a damaging night nationally as both the Conservatives and Labour suffered in council polls amid voter anger over Brexit and in the aftermath of Gavin Williamson's sacking from his role as defence secretary.

Follow the links above for further reading on local councils and more information on the national political picture.

See how the elections unfolded via our live blog below.

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