Birley councillor, Denise Fox, says she is “elated” to have been re-elected in Birley ward.

This comes as Labour continue to look strong as results begin to roll out despite the initial drama over the council leader’s resignation.

Cllr Fox said: “I’m elated, it’s great to see that the people have confidence in me and want me to continue to work in their ward and be their councillor.

“There are a lot of people that are struggling right now with the cost of living and I hope that we can do all we can to help them”

With that said, speaking on whether she would have liked a Labour majority, Cllr Fox has also spoken about the difficulty in negotiating with other parties due to the lack of a clear majority in the council.

She added: “There are a lot of things that have gone wrong in our city that are out of our control.”