Labour party dominate Wakefield election

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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.

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 also made gains in the Stanley and Outwood ward with Coun Matthew Morley winning 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.

Labour also gained seats in the wards of Ossett, Horbury, Wrenthorpe, Wakefield West, Crofton, Ryhill and Walton.

Only Tory coun David Hopkins managed to retain his seat in the Wakefield South Ward.

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.”

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