Labour shock as UKIP takes police chief’s old safe seat

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UKIP has won its first South Yorkshire council seat - beating Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright’s wife Lisa Marie who was defending Mr Wright’s former ward for Labour.

Mr Wright represented Rawmarsh on Rotherham council but gave up the seat after being elected to the role overseeing the county’s police force.

UKIP, which came a shock second in the Rotherham Parliamentary by election in November, beat Lisa Marie Wright by 104 votes.

The anti-EU and immigration party’s candidate Caven Vines took 1,143 votes, compared with 1,039 for Mrs Wright.

Conservative Martyn Parker came third but trailled behind with just 107 votes, while the Liberal Democrats were sixth with candidate Mohammed Meharban taking just 28 votes.

George Baldwin, for the BNP was fourth, with 80 votes, while Tony Gray, of Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts, received 61 votes and came fifth in the poll.