Labour aims to maintain grip

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LABOUR councillors in Rotherham have launched the manifesto they hope will further tighten the party’s grip on the borough council at the May local elections.

The ruling party already has 54 of 62 councillors on Rotherham Council, but is hoping to make further gains from the minority Conservative members by campaigning against government cuts.

They also hope to unseat lone BNP member Coun Will Blair, who is defending his Maltby seat.

Reg Littleboy, the party’s local government secretary in the town, said: “We have 11 new Labour candidates along with 10 experienced Labour councillors to present to the people of Rotherham for their endorsement and especially pleasing is that 10 of our candidates are women.”

Labour group members are campaigning on the record of revamping council houses, improving school attainment, a fall in crime, and work to make streets cleaner.