The Conservatives have been given a “massive vote of confidence” in the local elections, according to the leader of Staffordshire County Council.
The Tories regained overall control of the authority after extending their majority by winning 51 of the 62 available seats, including all but one in Lichfield and Burntwood.
Cllr Philip Atkins said the results showed residents trusted his party to navigate through the difficult challenges ahead.
“We are delighted to be given this massive vote of confidence and mandate to lead Staffordshire County Council for the next four years and I would like to thank all those who voted in this year’s election,” he said.
“There are challenging times ahead and our priority over the coming four years will be to continue to grow the economy, create better jobs and opportunities for skills and learning and support more people lead healthier, more independent lives for as long as possible.”