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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Election success as Labour take control

LABOUR has taken control of Barrow Borough Council after a series of successes in the local elections.

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STRONGHOLD: Conservative Ken Williams held on to his Roosecote seat

But early on at the count yesterday, it seemed it was going to be close.

The day started with Labour holding six key seats in Hindpool and Walney North.

But the Conservatives bounced back by retaining seats in their strongholds of Roosecote and Hawcoat.

The first signs Labour could be set to take the initiative in the election appeared when Denis Bell and Ann Thurlow beat high-profile Conservatives Jill Heath and Kath Unwin in Dalton North.

Victories in Central, Risedale and Walney South cemented Labour’s early lead.

By taking a further four seats – in Barrow Island and Parkside – Labour surpassed the required figure of 19 to confirm they had enough seats to form a majority administration.

They also made gains in Ormsgill, Parkside and Newbarns.

Labour group leader Dave Pidduck, who held onto his seat in Hindpool, said he was delighted to secure such a strong victory.

He said: “I’m obviously very happy. We said to the electorate we wouldn’t make them lots of promises but we will deliver what we can.

“I’m delighted for all the candidates, we’ve worked extremely hard. We have some new candidates and people that have stuck with us this year. We’ve got a good, balanced group.

“Obviously, the task in case is a difficult one and we need to meet with officers and see where we’re at with the budget. But people need to take at least two days’ rest now before we get to work.

“The adrenalin is still going. I didn’t sleep last night, I might sleep a few hours tonight but it takes a few days for it all to settle down. Then we get to work.”

Conservative group leader Jack Richardson said he had been disappointed by the result but vowed his party would fight on.

He said: “It’s a disappointing result which, quite honestly, was unexpected to some degree. For the past five years we have done some good work in Barrow.

“Having said that, obviously we are suffering the backlash from what is apparently a very unpopular coalition government because they are having to make cuts.

“I’ve got to say that I hope the Labour Party runs Barrow effectively for the people. The Conservative Party will be focused on checking every decision that is made to make sure it will benefit the people of Barrow.”

Labour MP for Barrow and Furness John Woodcock said he felt the result had proved people were dismayed by how government cuts had affected Barrow.

He said: “I’m delighted that so many people have come out and made it clear that they are deeply unhappy with the damaging policies that the Conservative-led government is carrying out in the area.

“I’m looking forward to working with lots of new councillors who really want to do their best for the area.”

The new council will first meet at the annual general meeting on May 17.

Have your say

I'm pleased with the result.
As for your comment Frank - I don't know what you're talking about.

Posted by Ben on 9 May 2011 at 16:54

Does John Woodcock live in an alternative reality?
The majority of Barrovians voted with their feet and avoided the LibLabCon deckchair shuffling game!

Posted by Frank Davies on 7 May 2011 at 15:34

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