Labour swept back to power in Birmingham with a huge majority ending eight years of Conservative-Liberal Democrat rule in Europe’s largest local authority.
Labour took more than half the votes across the city and the new leadership announced it would get to work delivering on election pledges of job creation, more housing and improving the city’s most deprived wards.
The Labour win was not unexpected given their success in the last two city council elections, but they made a surprise gain in Conservative stronghold Sutton Coldfield.
It was victory at the tenth time of asking for Labour’s Rob Pocock who is now Councillor for Sutton Vesey.
“It shows the Conservatives have lost the confidence of their own voters. If Labour can win a seat in true blue Sutton Coldfield we can win anywhere,” he said.
Votes were down generally, affected by a rainy election day, with some wards posting turnouts as low as 16 per cent.
Labour started the night with 57 out of 120 seats and finished with a total of 77.
The routed Tories and Lib Dems finished with 28 and 15 seats respectively.
Sir Albert Bore, who is council leader elect after eight years in opposition, said Labour did better than expected.
"It has gone beyond our expectations," he admitted. "We won seats we have never won before.
“The voters have undoubtedly delivered a damning verdict on this Tory-Lib Dem Coalition.”
As well as a fundamental overhaul of the council he said that tackling the city’s areas of deprivation would be a priority.
“We have deprived parts of the city where nothing has changed in 20 years. We must do something about that.”
Labour claimed some big scalps including Lib Dem Cabinet members Martin Mullaney (Moseley and Kings Heath), and Ayoub Khan (Aston), and their Conservative colleagues Les Lawrence (Northfield) and Matt Bennett (Stockland Green).
Veteran Tories John Alden (Harborne) and Len Gregory (Billesley) were also among the casualties.
The Lib Dems fared slightly better than a dismal 2011 but still finished the night with nine less seats - leaving them with just 15.
Group leader Coun Paul Tilsley said: “It’s very disappointing. I am proud of our candidates, some of who have unfortunately suffered as part of the give and take of politics.”
Conservative leader Mike Whitby said he was immensly proud of his record after eight years as council leader, the second longest in the authority's history.
But he warned that Labour would undo his work. He said: "People will regret tonight's decision to vent their spleens on some good local councillors. They will soon see again the incompetence of the Labour Party."