Elections 2012: Labour dominate Wakefield polls

Local elections 2012
Local elections 2012
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LABOUR have recorded a landslide victory in the local elections.

The party won 20 out of the 21 seats up for re-election, gaining 12 seats and holding onto another eight - including all four seats in the Express area.

And it was a bad day for the Tories who conceded nine seats to Labour.

The Independents councillors also suffered losing three seats to Labour.

The Conservative party held onto just one seat and saw their leader Coun Mark Crowther lose his Pontefract South seat to Labour councillor Celia Loughran.

And the Labour success continued with a victory in the Rural ward, traditionally a Tory stronghold, with Coun Lawrence Kirkpatrick taking the seat.

Labour leader Coun Peter Box held on to his seat in the Whitwood and Altofts Ward.

Coun Box said: “I am very pleased with the gains Labour has made.

“It is firstly down to our investment in the district but there are also serious national issues at play.”

Policies are clearly having a negative effect on people throughout the district.

Outgoing Tory leader Mark Crowther said: “It is massively disappointing but when you take the national picture I am not surprised. The government have made stupid mistakes and need to stop messing around.

“They need more competent people at ministerial level, it is a very sad day.”

Shaun Hodson took the Hemsworth ward - replaced Ian Womersley, who resigned earlier this year.

Coun Hodson took 57.5 per cent of the vote, ahead of Independent Jim Kenyon and Conservative Philip Davies.

Labour’s Faith Heptinstall took the Crofton, Ryhill and Walton ward, replacing Susan Lodge (Conservative).

In Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton, Martyn Ward won for Labour - replacing Conservative Richard Molloy.

And in South Elmsall and South Kirkby, Michelle Collins also won for Labour - replacing Independent Wilf Benson.

The Labour party now hold a majority of 41 seats on Wakefield Council.

- What do you think about the election results? Post your comments below and we could use them in next week’s Express.

See next week’s paper for reaction from the winning and losing candidates.