FRESHER faces have joined old hands on Rotherham Council – with seven new members joining the ruling Labour group.
The party won 20 of 21 seats contested last week, increasing their majority from 37 to 45
Labour gained two seats from the Tories in Hellaby and Wales with Jenny Andrews and Dominic Beck.
Christine Beaumont and Chris Read won in Maltby and Wickersley – wards previously held by Independent councillors.
There were also three new Labour councillors elected in Anston and Woodsetts, Brinsworth and Catcliffe and Holderness – Judy Dalton, Andy Roddison and Lindsay Pitchley – fafter the retirement of long-standing Labour councillors Ian St John, Reg Littleboy and Jane Austen.
Rotherham Council leader Coun Roger Stone said: “This is a magnificent win for the Labour Party and demonstrates quite clearly Rotherham residents see Labour policies and Labour councillors as those that will best represent their interests in these difficult times.”