THE results of East Lothian Council's 2012 election are in - but the question of who will control the local authority for the next five years is still to be answered.

Labour secured the biggest number of seats, securing 10 councillors across the seven multi-member wards. The SNP won nine seats, the Conservatives three and Independent John Caldwell returned to his Musselburgh East & Carberry ward.

With no party winning an outright majority, it's still all to play for as the parties knuckle down over the coming days to decide where the balance of power will lie.

Labour and SNP have already started their wooing of the Conservatives, who are remaining coy over which suitor is most appealing to the local party. It's also expected that Mr Caldwell will be eagerly courted by both leading parties, keen to make him an offer he can't refuse in exchange for his support.

See next week's Courier for full, indepth coverage of the election and what the result will mean for the county.

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