Local Elections 2018: Tories lose control of Trafford

Local Elections 2018: Tories lose control of Trafford

A local Labour leader has said the anti-Semitism row that has roiled the party in recent months had "made a difference" in the local elections.

The Lib Dems now have two of the three councillors for Pallion, following February's election to fill the vacant seat of late council leader Paul Watson, who died previous year.

One borough Labour can be hoping to nick from the Tories is Kensington and Chelsea, the place council leaders confronted fury over the Grenfell Tower catastrophe.

He said: "I would particularly pick out Hilton Spratt and Andy Kerry who both returned over 1,000 votes - the two highest scores in the whole city".

Helen Elizabeth Adkins polled 1,164 votes for Labour, the Green Party's Martin Luckhurst was 1,139, the Conservative candidate, Stacey Jacqueline Calder, won 286 votes while Christopher Begg, for the Liberal Democrats, polled just 36 votes.

By the time counting finished at Silksworth Community Pool Tennis & Wellness Centre just after midnight on Thursday, the party had wobbled, but still maintains an overwhelming majority in the council chamber.

Labour now has 17 seats with the Conservatives on 16 and the Green Party one.

The Conservative Party has retained control of Daventry District Council following the local elections.




And in Wakefield, the Conservatives made gains by winning seats in Horbury and South Ossett ward, Ossett, Wakefield Rural and Wrenthorpe and Outwood West.

Leading pollster Sir John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, said there was little for Labour to celebrate in the results.

The Labour group will now need to choose a new council leader. "It's disappointing but we will need to reflect and learn, and try and understand so that we can come back fighting next year".

There are now nine Conservative councillors to go with the 24 from Labour.

They also failed to take their target council of Walsall, which remained in no overall control. It's very hard to put your finger on why that happens but that's the nature of marginal seats.

Nevertheless the Tories have a 24-seat majority so an enormous swing can be required for the authority to alter arms.

Perhaps the most stunning victory of the night was that of the Garforth and Swillington Independents, which was originally made up of two councillors who defected from Labour previous year amid a flurry of claims and counterclaims.

The Tories also no longer have control of Trafford in Greater Manchester.

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