THE Labour leader of Bradford Council, Ian Greenwood, lost his seat in Little Horton after 17 years.
He accepted defeat after four recounts and a margin of just 17 votes to the Respect candidate, Alyas Karmani.
The result leaves Labour with 45 of the 90 seats on the council and having to form an alliance with another party to stay in power.
Respect had put up candidates in 12 Bradford seats and they took five.
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats each finished with three fewer seats, on 24 and eight seats respectively, with the Greens remaining on three and five seats in the hands of independents.
Conservative Councillor Michael Walls retained his seat in Queensbury with a majority of 117 over Labour’s Rosie Watson.
* There is still no overall control at Kirklees Council following the local elections.
The Labour party gained 5 seats, but the coalition parties both lost councillors.
Three Green Party and an Independent both took one seat each.