AMBER VALLEY will remain a Conservative stronghold after dropping only one seat to a Labour candidate in the borough council elections.
A total of 29430 of an electorate of 64210 turned out to the polls on May 5 to vote for the councillor they want to represent their home ward.
A third of the seats were up for grabs on the day, which saw an increase in turnout of nearly 12 per cent compared to 2007, when the same seats were contested.
It went to the wire in Ripley, as a hotly contested seat saw Conservative Cllr Stuart Joynes narrowly grab victory by just 14 votes in his debut campiagn.
“It has not really sunk in yet,” said Cllr Joynes, “I’m pleased and delighted and just want to thank everyone who voted for me.”
In Alfreton Cllr Gail Dolman convincingly beat of Conservative rival, David Cantrill, taking 60 per cent of the share of votes cast.
Elsewhere few surprises were to be found as the results were counted at Alfreton Leisure Centre on Friday.
The make up of the council now sees the conservative party with 28 seats, Labour with 15 and the British National Party with two.