Lib Dems Hold SLDC In Local Elections

Casey Dawson
May 5, 2018

Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Tim Pickstone held on to his Holyrood seat, meaning that the ward continues to have three councillors from the party - however this was the Lib Dem's only win of the night.

"You know it's an incredible story looking back to it with some nasty incidents, it was not good and it has been probably the dirtiest, hardest campaign ever I think in Trafford".

The party secured its victory after gaining four seats.

"We have a number of important areas to work on but the message is very much continuing to do what we have done and that has been reflected in the votes".

The Tories won seven of the 10 seats up for election, giving them 17 seats on the council.

Outside London, the Conservatives regained control of councils in the pro-Brexit regions of Peterborough and Basildon, largely at the expense of the anti-EU UK Independence Party.

She told cheering activists that the opposition "threw everything" at "one of their top targets" but failed, adding: "We've seen other success in London".

51 seats were up for grabs at SLDC, which has been under Liberal Democrat control for the last 12 years.

THERE were celebrations from the Conservatives at the town's Abbey Stadium after the party has taken over leadership of Redditch Borough Council.

"Obviously, I am disappointed at any places where we lost a bit of ground, but if you look at the overall picture, Labour gained a lot of seats across the whole country, we gained a lot of votes in places we never had those votes before".

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Mr Corbyn said the party was "ready for a general election whenever it comes".

"We have lost a very constructive councillor in James Funnell in Eastbrook which will be a great shame".

"I pledge that Barnet Labour will be a beacon to the rest of the Labour Party in tackling and defeating this anti-Semitism virus that has infected our party", he said.

For more reaction to today's election results see next week's Worthing Herald.

Jim Deen, Labour councillor who gained Central from the Green Party, said he was "extremely pleased" with his party's progression.

"It's a slap in the face to my Jewish constituents and the Labour Party need to do more and they need to do it quicker".

Defeated Labour councilor Adam Langleben told the Guardian that Jews did not want to support the Labour Party even though they may have broadly agreed with its policies.

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Edward Davey described the party's advances in areas like Richmond as "a sign of things to come".

Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis said voters were being turned off by "hard abuse from some of the hard left, that anti-Semitism problem that Labour clearly have got and are just not dealing with".

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