The new council comprises:
38 Labour Councillors;
36 Conservative Councillors; and
Labour therefore has a majority of 1.
One of the interesting quirks of this election is that Labour took the majority of the council seats but didn't take the majority of the votes:
The turnout for these elections varied from 55.7% in Ellesmere Port to 78% in Chester Villages. In Frodsham our turnout figure was 71.4%
We all face a difficult 4 years now. With the numbers being so tight everyone will be expected to attend every meeting. There will be little opportunity for holidays, business meetings or illnesses. It will be interesting to see whether control shifts again before the next round of 'all out' elections in 2019. A couple of by-elections is all it would take.