Tory councillors retain their seats in two wards

Local Elections. Ann McAlister
Local Elections. Ann McAlister
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TORY councillor Graham Hall has secured his seat for the next four years in Hipperholme and Lightcliffe.

He has been a councillor since 1999 and won with 1322 votes, a majority of 392. Also in the running was Independent Chris O’Connor, Labour’s Anthony Rutherford and Liberal Democrat’s Mat Bowles.

Councillor Hall said: “I am very pleased that I have got the support of the people in the ward. I have worked hard over the years and I will continue to do that. At the end of the day the people come before politics and I will continue to do my best for them.

“I wasn’t expecting to win based on the feeling nationally but I knew in my heart I had always done my best for the people of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe. I am grateful to the people who voted.

“It is a difficult time for everyone in this economic climate and tough decisions will have to be made which reflect my local constituents. But I am very pleased with the outcome.”

Mr O’Connor who finished in second place with 930 votes said it had been totally different this year for him. “I haven’t been able to put the work in but the support I have had out there has been fantastic,” he said.

Ann McAllister defended her seat in the Rastrick ward after gaining 1046 votes against Rob Bailey and Peter Judge.

The Conservative councillor won with a majority of 265.

She said: “I am very pleased that the voters of Rastrick have recognised the efforts I have made in the area. This means that I will be able to continue with all the things that I am involved in and I would like to thank them all.

“I would also like to thank everyone who helped me during my campaign. I am delighted that Rastrick voters have put their faith in me again.”