Tories made their first council by-election gain of the year with a landslide victory in England's smallest county.
In the only reported poll this week, candidate Carolyn Cartwright took a previously independent seat at Uppingham, Rutland, with more than half the votes.
Labour, which failed to fight last May, came second, overtaking the Liberal Democrats.
Rutland County - Uppingham: C 424, Lab 211, Lib Dem 200. (May 2011 - Three seats C 645, Lib Dem 626, Ind 600, C 562, Ind 531, Lib Dem 434). C gain from Ind. Swing 11.2% Lib Dem to C.
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