Meet Britain’s first Ukip-controlled council – where ‘inbreds’ and, er, ‘mutual masturbators’ need not apply.
The city pays £6.6m to outside consultants to carry out a pay review which will most likely cut the wages of 600 council staff. Yes, really.
Stephen Mansbridge is reelected leader – despite his controversial backing of ‘bogus barrister’ and councillor Monika Juneja, who now faces jail.
CHESHIRE WEST & CHESTER
As Labour bucks the national trend and ousts the Tories, many point to a string of embarrassing own goals by former Tory leader Mick Jones.
Welcome back Frank McKenna, who resurrected a political career despite facing down fraud charges for falsifying an MP’s election expenses.
And welcome back too to Labour’s Paul Shotton, who ‘brought the council into disrepute’ by sending phony text messages to BBC Radio Stoke.