VOTERS have had their say in 21 local council elections across Yorkshire with Labour retaining control of several city authorities and Conservatives enjoying success in the more rural districts of North Yorkshire.
After a harrowing defeat in the General Election Labour’s councillors in cities had more to celebrate.
The party has retained control of city halls in Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield and Hull.
Of the 28 seats that were contested in SHEFFIELD Labour won 21, the Liberal Democrats took five, UKIP won one seat and the Green Party took one.
Labour gained two new seats, taking one from the Green Party in Central ward and one from the Liberal Democrats in Beauchief and Greenhill.
However Labour lost a seat in Broomhill to the Green Party, and another seat in Stocksbridge and Upper Don ward to UKIP.
The council leader Julie Dore said: “I’m really pleased that Sheffield resoundingly voted Labour. We have equalled our record by winning 21 seats out of 28 and we have increased our majority which is a sign of confidence within the electorate of Sheffield that Labour is right for this city.”
WAKEFIELD Council remains overwhelmingly in Labour control. Labour held 16 of the 17 seats they were defending and gained one from the Conservatives.
However the Tories did defend three of their four seats yesterday and have gained a seat from Labour.
This means the make-up of the council remains the same, with Labour having 54 councillors, Conservative have six; UKIP have two and there is one independent.
Labour have also increased their majority in BARNSLEY Council by two seats to 45. A total of 21 seats were contested in this years’ election, one in each of the borough’s wards.
Labour gained Dodworth and North East wards from Barnsley Independent Group.
Labour now holds 55 seats on the council; independents hold four as do the Conservatives. Turnout was 56.2 per cent.
In HULL there was a similar story as Labour remained in charge. Its candidates won 40 out of 59 seats gaining two in the election.
The city’s Liberal Democrat group is the second biggest party in the council with 15 seats, the same number as before the election, while the Conservatives retained two seats. Calderdale - a district where voters returned both Labour and Tory MPs to
Labour kept a firm grip on control of LEEDS City Council. The political make-up of the authority remains virtually unchanged, with Labour retaining 63 seats and a massive overall majority in the council chamber.
There was one gain for the Conservative Party in Calverley and Farsley, where Amanda Carter – wife of the Tory group leader Andrew Carter – was elected to a seat previously held by an Independent who was himself a defector from the Conservatives.
The Tories now have 19 seats on Leeds City Council, up one; the Lib Dems are unchanged, with nine seats, as are the Morley Borough Independents with five and the Green Party with three.
HALIFAX and Calder Valley remained in no overall control. The Conservatives have gained a seat from both Labour and Liberal Democrats among the 17 up for grabs.The council now has Labour 24 councillors, 21 Conservative, five Liberal Democrat and one independent.
The Conservative Party celebrated success in local authority areas across NORTH YORKSHIRE taking control of RICHMONDSHIRE Council which was previously run by a group of independents.
The Tories went from having 12 seats to 21 in the district.
Four seats were won by Richmondshire Independents, seven seats were won by other independent councillors and two were won by the Liberal Democrats.
The council’s outgoing independent leader Coun John Blackie - who was also standing in the parliamentary elections - retained his council seat with a large majority.
UKIP failed to win any seats despite finishing second in the Richmond constituency in the General Election.
The Conservatives have also retained control of RYEDALE Council.
The party won 45 per cent of the vote and 20 seats. Independents won five seats, Liberals won three, and the Liberal Democrats have two seats. The Green Party, Labour and UKIP all failed to win any seats.
The Tories also held SELBY Council winning the vast majority of the 31 seats being contested. Twenty-two seats were won by Tories, eight by Labour and one went to an independent.
They also remained the biggest party at CRAVEN Council where a third of seats were being contested.
There were 13 seats up for grabs with the Tories taking nine, independents winning two, and one seat each was picked up by Labour and UKIP councillors. The overall make up of the council is : Conservatives 20 seats, independents six, Liberal Democrats two, and one each for Labour and UKIP.
And there was more success in HARROGATE where Tories took their majority to 35 out of 54 seats. Just one seat out of the 1 up for grabs changed hands and the Liberal Democrats remain the second largest group with 15 councillors.
The party’s agent Peter Flynn said they had done well to keep a hold of their six seats being contested while Lib Dem support dropped off nationally.
Labour stemmed the tide of support for the UK Independence Party as it remained comfortably in control of ROTHERHAM Council.
The decision by the Government to put the running of the council into the hands of appointed commissioners in the wake of the child sexual exploitation scandal in the town was thought likely to strengthen Ukip’s hand in this year’s local elections.
It had already enjoyed huge success in last year’s elections where it took ten seats on the authority making Ukip the main opposition group to leader.
However, this year’s poll failed to deliver a repeat although the party managed to make some small gains to take its total holding to 12 seats.
Labour, however, remained firmly in control, emerging from the count with 48 councillors.
The election also represented vindication for new council leader Chris Read who was re-elected in the Wickersley ward under a strong challenge from Ukip candidate Lesley Hince.
Prior to the campaign, Rotherham Labour had stressed it was making a break with the past with more than half of its candidates never having previously served on the authority. This year’s elections look set to be the last where one third of the authority faces re-election each year.
The Government is proposing Rotherham should carry out all-out elections next year and repeat the exercise every four years.
Every council seat in Doncaster, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hambleton, North Lincolnshire, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby and York was contested on Thursday as well as a third of the seats in Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Hull, Kirklees, Leeds, North-East Lincolnshire, Rotherham, Ryedale, Sheffield and Wakefield.
Ryedale - The Conservatives have retained control of Ryedale Council. All of its seats were up for election. The Conservatives won 45 per cent of the vote and 20 seats. Independents won five seats, Liberals won three, Liberal Democrats have two seats. The Green Party, Labour and Ukip failed to win any seats.
Selby - The Conservatives have held Selby Council winning the vast majority of the 31 seats being contested. Twenty-two seats were won by Tories, eight by Labour and one went to an independent.
Craven - The Conservative Party remain the biggest party in Craven Council where a third of seats were being contested yesterday.
There were 13 seats were up for grabs with the Tories taking nine, independents won two, and one seat each were picked up by Labour and UKIP councillors.
The overall make up of the council is now : Conservatives 20 seats, independents six, Liberal Democrats two, and one each for Labour and UKIP.
Richmondshire - A swing to the Conservatives have seen them take control of Richmondshire Council, which was previously independent. The Tories went from just 12 seats to 21 - 65 per cent of the council.
Before the count the ruling independents held 18 seats, with ungrouped independents holding a further two seats. Now independents hold seven and Richmondshire Independants hold four seats.
Hambleton - Conservative hold
Scarborough - Conservative gain from NOC
York - NOC (no change)
Harrogate - Conservative hold
Ryedale - Conservative hold
Barnsley - Labour increased its majority in Barnsley Council by two seats to 45. A total of 21 seats were contested, one in each of the borough’s wards. Labour gained Dodworth and North East wards from Barnsley Independent Group. Labour now holds 55 seats; independent hold 4; and Conservatives hold 4.
Doncaster - Labour hold.
Rotherham - Labour hold.
Sheffield - Labour hold winning 21 of 28 seats.
Hull - Labour has retained control of Hull City Council, with 40 out of 59 seats. It gained two seats in the election. The Liberal Democrat group is the second biggest part with 15 seats, the same number as before the election, while the Conservatives retain two seats. Hull Red Labour lost one seat and retained another, while and Ukip retained its one seat. A vacant seat was filled.
East Riding of Yorkshire - Conservative hold
North East Lincolnshire - Labour retain a majority with 20 seats. It lost one set to UKIP, which now holds nine seats - one more than in 2014. The Conservatives retained ten seats and Liberal Democrats retained three.
North Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire Council remains a Conservative controlled council after winning 26 seats in the local elections. The opposition remains the same - Labour, with 17 seats.
The gap has widened between Conservative and Labour, with Conservative gaining an extra six seats from the last local elections held in May 2011.
Leeds - Labour retains its 63 seats on Leeds City Council - and its majority. The Conservatives have 19 seats, up one from last year with a gain from an independent councillor in Calverley and Farsley. Liberal democrats retain nine seats, Morley Borough Independents retain five seats and the Greens retain three seats.
Kirklees - NOC (no change)
Wakefield Labour have retained control holding 16 seats of the 18 seats they contested.
Bradford - Labour hold
Calderdale - Remains in no overall control with Labour remaining the largest single party with 24 councillors - slightly ahead of the Conservatives on 21.