LABOUR have snatched control from the Tories over Enfield Council.

Eight new Labour councillors will join the party ranks following a nailbiting race to the finish in the early hours of this morning.

Several key wards swung from Tory to Labour in a count that lasted nearly two hours, including Turkey Street, Enfield Lock and Palmers Green.

Chase Farm councillors Kate Wilkinson and Kieran Thomas McGregor both lost their seats to Conservatives.

The council is now leaderless after Labour leader Jeff Rodin chose not to run for re-election.

In a speech earlier this morning, Mr Rodin said: “I have been a councillor for 24 years and seen five elections.

"It has been a great night in Enfield. The reality is that the Enfield people will see a difference and I hope in four years time to be here as a spectator to another Labour victory.”