After a devastating loss in the local elections the Conservative Party Leader has resigned.

Councillor David Millican has stepped aside for Councillor Greg Stafford who will now lead a much smaller Conservative group of just 12.

Labour secured 53 of the total 69 seats to give it a second term as the administration, and leaving the Conservatives reduced to a force of 12 and the Liberal Democrats with four seats.

Cllr Millican said he was "very disappointed" by the results and warned it would limit the Opposition's ability to hold the Labour administration to account.

He said: "After seeing the national results and especially what happened in Hammersmith and Fulham Council with Labour taking over from the Conservatives, I felt that it was inevitable that the same would follow in Ealing. I've done the job for three years and it's been very rewarding and a great experience, but this result was out of my hands.

Ealing Conservative leader Councillor Greg Stafford
Ealing Conservative leader Councillor Greg Stafford
 

"It has been a great disappointment that the electorate in Ealing did not see things as we did. My concern now is that with a smaller number of representatives our powers to scrutinise the Labour administration are dangerously low. We will do our best. I am however very happy to continue to represent the people of the Northfield Ward where I have lived for over 30 years."

A total of 69 candidates were elected to Ealing Council with three councillors representing each of the borough's 23 wards.