The national Tory party has sacked the leadership of the City of Leicester Conservative Association in the wake of a disastrous performance in May's elections.
The party's board - its ultimate decision making body - has relieved the seven members of the association officer and management team of their duties.
The Mercury understands a number of senior local Tories had raised concerns with the party hierarchy relation to the way the campaign was run.Both opposition parties have suffered a collapse in recent years.
At the citywide elections of 2003, 25 Liberal Democrat, 20 Labour and 9 Conservative councillors were elected.
Today there are 52 Labour councillors and the other parties have one each.