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Lib Dems blitzed in Council landslide

A political earthquake went off  under the Liberal Democrats as Labour swept to power in Chesterfield, winning 34 of the 48 seats, including 23 gains, in the elections to Chesterfield Borough Council on Thursday 5th May.

As the Lib Dems struggled with an unpopular government and local party it was widely expected that they would struggle to hold on to the Council, despite having a large majority from the 2007 elections, but the scale of the defeat surpised even seasoned politicos, as Labour took control with a swing in excess of 15%.

Amongst the 23 seats to switch to Labour on a night of carnage for veteran Lib Dem Councillors were the Holmebrook seat of former Mayor and Mayoress Keith And Glenis Falconer, the Moor seat of former Lib Dem parliamentary candidate and Housing lead member Tony Rogers and the Hollingwood and Inkersall seat of Mayor elect Mick Bagshaw.

The full results were:

Barrow Hill & Whittington (three councillors) Lib Dem Hold SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 14.28%

David Stone – Lib Dem – 898 votes

Barry Bingham – Lib Dem – 865 votes

Paul Christopher Stone – Lib Dem – 807 votes

John Hoar – Labour – 796 votes

Stephanie Hoar – Labour – 789 votes

Stephen Lismore – Labour – 759 votes

Brimington North (two councillors) Labour Hold SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 15.38%

John Burrows – Labour – 886 votes

Terry Gilby – Labour – 822 votes

Gary Bagshaw – Lib Dem – 249 votes

Graham Ryder – Lib Dem – 202 votes

Brimington South (three councillors) LABOUR GAIN – SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 14.12%

Anthony Bellamy – Labour – 1,279 votes

Ian Callan – Labour – 1,244 votes

Julie Lowe – Labour – 1,173 votes

Ruth Galloway – Lib Dem – 820 votes

Peter Galloway – Lib Dem – 776 votes

Joseph Mann – Lib Dem – 724 votes

Brockwell (three councillors) Lib Dem Hold SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 15.15%

Maureen Davenport – Lib Dem – 1,147 votes

Ray Russell – Lib Dem – 1,089 votes

Robert Gibson – Lib Dem – 1,081 votes

Jenna Foster – Labour – 980 votes

Mick Leverton – Labour – 935 votes

Tom Murphy – Labour – 897 votes

Christopher Connolly – Green Party – 327 votes

Frederick Parkinson – Conservatives -254 votes

Dunston (three councillors) LABOUR GAIN – SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 17.51%

Gordon Simmons – Labour – 1,136 votes

Sarah Hollingworth – Labour – 1,134 votes

Mark Rayner – Labour – 1,103 votes

Julie Harrington – Lib Dem – 710 votes

Lee Cooper – Lib Dem – 662 votes

John Barnett – Lib Dem – 608 votes

Hasland (three councillors) LABOUR GAIN – SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 13.03%

Dave Allen – Labour – 1,435 votes

Amanda Serjeant – Labour – 1,195 votes

Andy Slack – Labour – 1,185 votes

Helen Arnold – Lib Dem – 915 votes

Bridget Dunks – Lib Dem – 848 votes

Barbara Butt – Lib Dem – 718 votes

Hollingwood & Inkersall (three councillors) LABOUR GAIN – SWING LIB DEM TO LAB25.24%

Helen Elliot – Labour – 1,440 votes

Barry Dyke – Labour – 1,400 votes

Anthony Hill – Labour – 1,330 votes

Mick Bagshaw – Lib Dem – 868 votes

Paul Mann – Lib Dem – 827 votes

Ruth Perry – Lib Dem – 783 votes

Holmebrook (two councillors) LABOUR GAIN – SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 29.51%

Keith Miles – Labour – 760 votes

Martin Stone – Labour – 755 votes

Keith Falconer – Lib Dem – 581 votes

Glenys Falconer – Lib Dem – 576 votes

Linacre (two councillors) Lib Dem Hold SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 3.83%

Mark Anthony Higginbottom – Lib Dem – 914 votes

Ian Barr – Lib Dem – 832 votes

Helen Blair – Labour – 507 votes

Gavin Balduaf-Good – Labour – 504 votes

Loundsley Green (two councillors) LABOUR GAIN – SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 21.34%

Avis Murphy – Labour – 723 votes

Michael Fanshawe – Labour – 687 votes

Fred Quayle – Lib Dem – 553 votes

Nick Redihough – Lib Dem – 478 votes

Simon Temperton – Conservatives – 115 votes

Lowgates & Woodthorpe (two councillors) – Labour Hold SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 15.79%

Jim McManus – Labour – 863 votes

Vicky Lang – Labour – 838 votes

Stephen Hartley – Lib Dem – 408 votes

Jean Yates – Lib Dem – 368 votes

Middlecroft & Poolsbrook (two councillors) Labour Hold SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 17.47%

Chris Ludlow – Labour – 894 votes

Donald Parsons – Labour – 871 votes

Joan Mann – Lib Dem – 210 votes

Sonia Lloyd-Croydon – Lib Dem – 196 votes

Moor (two councillors) LABOUR GAIN –SWING LIB DEM TO LAB  21.50%

Keith Brown – Labour – 846 votes

Graham King – Labour – 788 votes

Tony Rodgers – Lib Dem – 646 votes

Joanne Favreau – Lib Dem -565 votes

Old Whittington (two councillors) LABOUR GAIN – SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 16.29%  

Neil Rayner – Labour – 701 votes

Jean Innes – Labour – 698 votes

Alan Craw – Lib Dem -538 votes

Stephanie Collins – Lib Dem – 503 votes

Rother (three councillors) Labour Hold Swing 16.41% LIB DEM TO LAB

Stewart Bradford – Labour – 1,134 votes

Jenny Flood – Labour – 1,029 votes

Stuart Brittain – Labour – 1,032 votes

Elizabeth Archer – Lib Dem – 327 votes

Clive Archer – Lib Dem – 299 votes

John Maher – Lib Dem – 290 votes

Linda Rowley – Conservatives – 239 votes

St Helens (two councillors) LABOUR GAIN – SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 26.41% 

Angela Everitt – Labour – 852 votes

Trevor Reynolds – Labour – 784 votes

Keith Lomas – Lib Dem – 541 votes

Roy Pastoll – Lib Dem – 442 votes

St Leonards (three councillors) LABOUR GAIN – 12.28% Swing to Labour

Sharon Blank – Labour – 1,440 votes

Ken Huckle – Labour – 1,239 votes

Nick Stringer – Labour – 1,124 votes

Adrian Mather – Lib Dem – 942 votes

Kieran Harley – Lib Dem – 870 votes

Jean Barr – Lib Dem – 866 votes

Walton (three councillors) Lib Dem hold Swing LIB DEM TO LAB 14.04%

Patrick Morgan – Lib Dem – 1,237 votes

Alexis Diouf – Lib Dem – 1,146 votes

Chris Collard – Lib Dem –  1,190 votes

Richard Foster – Labour – 620 votes

Nigel Saul – Labour – 574 votes

Chris Witham – Labour – 564 votes

Paul Dale – Conservatives – 519 votes

Stuart Bullock – Conservatives – 516 votes

Marcus Linsey – Conservatives – 515 votes

West (three councillors) Lib Dem Hold SWING LIB DEM TO LAB 16.52%

Howard Borrell – Lib Dem – 1,165 votes

Denise Hawksworth – Lib Dem – 1,111 votes

Shirley Niblock – Lib Dem – 1,106 votes

Ray Catt – Labour – 736 votes

John Boult – Conservatives – 730 votes

Elizabeth Newbold – Labour – 719 votes

David Gratton – Conservatives – 650 votes

Dijon Wall – Labour – 636 votes

Patrick Ralph – Green Party – 235 votes

Toby Perkins MP, who joined delighted Councillors and supporters at the count and post count celebrations at the Labour Club, said: ” I am absolutely thrilled with these results. Now we can really see the town go from strength to strength, I am excited that we were able to field such a strong team and I am sure that they will be a tremendous asset to the town. Under John Burrows and Terry Gilby’s leadership they are capable of making a real difference to the future of Chesterfield and Staveley and their local communities.

I wish them well as they set out to handle the pressing financial problems they inherit on Chesterfield Borough Council and the forthcoming government cuts.

This victory was a message to Nick Clegg to stop supporting the Tory cuts, and to start standing up for the policies and values he displayed during the 2010 election. It is also the end of the line for this Lib Dem Council and a message that people are ready to see the town go in a new and exciting direction. “

4 Responses to “Lib Dems blitzed in Council landslide”

  1. Employee at CBC says:

    So pleased with this result – was delighted on Friday and now I’ve seen the swing involved even more delighted now :):)

    I’m a very happy CBC employee today

  2. Ear to the Ground says:

    INCREDIBLE RESULT FOR CHESTERFIELD – THE ONLY LABOUR GAIN AGAINST A MAINSTREAM PARTY IN THE 2010 GENERAL ELECTION, NOW FOLLOWED BY THE LARGEST SWING IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY AGAINST THE LIB DEMS IN THE BOROUGH COUNCIL ELECTIONS!

  3. Dave J says:

    Great result, congratulations Toby and all the team in Chesterfield Labour Party. I admit i was part of the Clegg bounce, but (so help me god) NEVER AGAIN!

    Was good to meet Toby and Keith Brown (my new Councillor) when you were out in Newbold, Labour Party looks so fresh, and it is just so fantastic for public sector workers to feel like we have a Labour Party in Chesterfield that is ready to go to work and rid of us of these dreadful Yellow Tories.

    Thanks

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