Tories hang onto power despite losing seats to Lib Dems and Independent

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IN CRAVEN the Conservatives were left licking their wounds.

The party lost two seats in Skipton after Thursday’s Craven District Council elections.

In the Skipton North ward, Independent John Kerwin-Davey defeated sitting Tory councillor Paul Whitaker, while Liberal Democrat Eric Jaquin was victorious in the Skipton East ward, ousting Conservative seat holder Pam Heseltine.

While Skipton South was retained by sitting Independent councillor Andy Solloway, Liberal Democrat member, and Skipton West was retained by sitting Coun Paul English.

In Hellifield with Long Preston, Independent candidate Chris Moorby was elected following a very close contest with Conservative candidate Nick Thwaite, with the winner polling 489 votes in comparison with his opponent’s 455 votes.

Seats that were retained by the Conservatives in the local elections included Grassington, Cowling, Barden Fell and Upper Wharfedale. The party also managed to hang onto the Settle with Ribblebanks ward.

The results still leave the Conservatives as the largest party of thirty-member Craven District Council.