South Cambridgeshire Lib Dems take power in from Tories

Sunday, 06 May, 2018

The difference in Cornwall is that in local elections Labour has always been a minority party at County Hall and has never had control of the council.

The Conservative group now holds 25 seats on the council, but only after welcoming back shamed former Mayor Rosemary Carroll back into the fold who was serving as an independent following suspension for sharing inappropriate jokes on Facebook.

The Conservatives held Kensington and Chelsea, where the council had faced severe criticism over last year's devastating Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people, with a slightly reduced majority.

This could have created a fatal hiatus in waste policy, not to mention more cabinet reshuffles going forward, potentially putting a stopper on the strong political momentum around waste and resource issues that we've become so accustomed to over the past year.

"We are delighted to have got Andrew Dabbs in Drayton and to get Aiden Ramsey in in Abbey North", said Councillor Ritchie.

"We expected to win in Abbey North - two years ago I had won there - but with a very strong challenge, not just from the Conservatives but from the Liberal Democrats, it was a hard ward to predict".

Leader of the Conservatives councillor Juliet Brunner said she was "absolutely delighted" and "thrilled" to take control of Redditch Borough Council. He was on Iranian TV.

Labour who had high hopes of making a breakthrough in the ward came seventh, eight and ninth, and had no need to attend the recount.

The Conservatives took control of a council in Lancashire after reinstating a councillor who had been suspended for sharing a racist joke on Facebook.

Theresa May's party appeared to have benefited from an nearly total collapse in the Ukip vote, which saw the Eurosceptic party shed councillors across the country.

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But the Liberal Democrats enjoyed success, ousting the Tories in Richmond upon Thames in south-west London - leader Sir Vince Cable's back yard - and neighbouring Kingston while a more unexpected victory came for the party in South Cambridgeshire.

There is no overall control after votes were held across 11 wards.

"It is disappointing to have failed to win St Mary's ward by the narrowest of margins for the second time".

Labour MP Dan Jarvis comfortably won the Sheffield City Region mayoralty after a fight with his own party to be allowed to do both jobs.

Barry Rawlings, a local Labour official, said his party's anti-Semitism scandal had "made a difference" in the election results in the heavily Jewish district, the BBC reported.

"Therefore, above all, it seems to me that what the Conservative Party has to be able to do in the coming weeks and months is to deliver on Brexit in a way that will satisfy the aspirations of "Leave" voters", he said. Labour's failure there is probably due to the botched attempts of Jeremy Corbyn to deal with accusations of antisemitism in his party.

But Mr Corbyn's ally, shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon, told the programme: 'It's very rare in these local elections that people have been - when I have been knocking on doors - raising Jeremy's leadership in a negative way.

Barnet Council was widely expected to fall to Labour, but, according to councilors and local activists, the Tories managed to cling on purely because claims of anti-Semitism being rife in the Labour Party's ranks cost its candidates support and votes.

"Our time isn't finished because Brexit is being betrayed".