Conservatives strengthened their grip on Cherwell District Council by winning 37 of the 50 seats - including all 11 seats in Bicester.

But in Bicester East, candidates had to undergo three nail-biting recounts. Conservative Geoffrey Archer had a clear lead with 600 votes, but there was a photo-finish for the second seat in the ward.

The battle was between Tory candidate, Anthony Kempton and Labour's John Hanna.

After three recounts Tony Kempton was declared the winner of the second seat in the ward by just eight votes. Mr Kempton had 551 votes to Mr Hanna's 543.