The results of the elections followed a day of voting across the borough, and saw 42 councillors elected in 18 wards across Bracknell Forest.

Overall, Labour managed to retain their seats in Great Hollands North, Great Hollands South and claim a ‘Beardsley victory' as husband and wife team Maureen and Michael were elected for the Old Bracknell ward.

The Conservatives gained seats in new wards Crown Wood, and Winkfield and Cranbourne, and first-time candidate Cllr Tony Packham was one of the three Conservatives elected to represent Priestwood and Garth.

Wildridings and Central will be now represented by Cllr Emma Barnard and Cllr Philip Grayson, both Conservative.

Lib Dem Cllr Ray Earwicker won the first seat for his party within the borough council for eight years, but had to go through a nail-biting four re-counts to eventually win a seat in College Town, the other going to Conservative councillor Robert Edgar.

The borough council will now be made up of 35 Conservative councillors, six Labour and one Liberal Democrat, which prior to the election, were the Conservatives with 31 seats and Labour with nine.

But while the Tories were full of cheer, Austin McCormack had a case of the blues as first- time candidate Emma Barnard scooped the Wildridings seat from the Labour leader in a dramatic victory.

Cllr Emma Barnard, wife of Warfield Harvest Ride borough and town councillor, Gareth Barnard, leapt in the air with joy as the results were announced by returning officer, chief executive Tim Wheadon.

Cllr Barnard said: "I can't describe how I feel, its fantastic. I gave it my all - 120 per cent. We just kept working at it and didn't give up. I've had about 12 hours' sleep in the last four days. I am now at my resident's disposal."

Cllr Barnard was congratulated throughout the evening by Conservative and Labour candidates and went on to win a seat in the town council elections at the town and parish count the following day.

MP Andrew MacKay, who entered the counting station just as the Wildridings results were announced, said: "I am obviously delighted that we have taken out the Labour leader in the Labour seat and we will clearly have a good night ahead of us."

Mr McCormack, who has served as a councillor, Labour leader and council leader during his 12-year reign in Bracknell Forest, said he thought the new boundary changes favoured the Conservatives.

He said: "I was prepared for this and accepted my time is up for this ward. It's been a privilege to serve Wildridings and Bracknell Forest.

"We have fought fairly and fought on the choice of local residents. I see this as an opportunity. My wife and I are planning to move to France and this may have bought forward our plans a couple of years."

Deputy leader of the council, Dale Birch, was delighted at the Conservatives' success.

He said: "We have motivated people who knew what they were doing and we wanted it more. There isn't anybody in our team who is incapable of delivering."

Cllr Anne Shillcock, who was re-elected to represent the Great Hollands North ward, said Labour's biggest disappointment of the night was to lose its leader.

She said: "We have all worked very hard. Austin was an effective leader and is clearly disappointed. He has put a lot of work into the council and we must follow in his footsteps and not let him down."

Towards the end of an exciting evening, Andrew MacKay summed up the mood for the Conservative success.

He said: "The Conservative seats just keep rolling in and we are delighted that our majority looks set to increase. It reflects how the Conservative council is run. The effect on transport may have made the Labour voters stay at home."