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Labour and Tories make gains at council elections

Calderdale Council 2014 ocal election count at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. The count gets underway.

Calderdale Council 2014 ocal election count at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. The count gets underway.

Calderdale Council was shaken up at last week’s election, with both Labour and the Conservatives gaining seats on a bad day for the Liberal Democrats.

Labour made significant gains, the Conservatives won an additional two seats and the Lib Dems lost five seats.

The Labour group now holds 25 out of the 51 seats on Calderdale Council - one short of an overall majority.

The Conservatives have 19 seats, the Lib Dems have six and there is one Independent councillor.

One of the high profile casualties at the polls was long-standing Independent councillor Colin Stout, who lost his Brighouse ward seat to Conservative candidate Howard Blagborough in a hotly contested vote.

Howard praised Colin for all his efforts over the years and said he would do all he can to carry on the good work. “I’m absolutely delighted,” he said.

“I would like to thank the people of Brighouse for voting for me. There was quite a good turnout, so I’m chuffed with that.

“It was a nice campaign. I feel very much for Colin, having served the Brighouse area for such a long time. Thanks for all your hard work.

“I will be doing my best to represent the people of Brighouse and promote the town wherever possible.”

The Conservatives retained their Rastrick ward seat, with Coun Christine Beal being re-elected.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all the people who gave me their support,” she said.

“I hope to be a good councillor for all of Rastrick for the next four years.”

In the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward, Colin Raistrick retained his seat and is now Calderdale’s only Independent councillor.

He said it was an emotional experience and expressed his gratitude to all his supporters.

“My hope now, after what can only be perceived as a landslide victory, is that whichever party ends up running Calderdale listens to the people of this ward and scraps the scheme for Hipperholme crossroads,” he said.

“Any other decision would be an affront to democracy and an insult to the electorate.”

 

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