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Labour’s delight with victory in Sheffield Council by-election

Arbourthorne Social Centre was open as a polling centre for the Sheffield Council Arbourthorne ward by-election.

Arbourthorne Social Centre was open as a polling centre for the Sheffield Council Arbourthorne ward by-election.

Labour members are celebrating after the party retained a seat on Sheffield Council.

Coun Mike Drabble won yesterday’s Arbourthorne by-election with 1,398 votes, ahead of UKIP candidate Bob Sheridan with 482.

Tory Peter Smith was next with 213, ahead of Alan Munro, of Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts with 204.

Liberal Democrat Susan Ross trailed home in fifth place with 161 votes, ahead of Jennyfer Barnard, for the Green Party, with 143 and English Democrat David Wildgoose with 75 – turnout was 19.6 per cent.

The election was called following the death of sitting Labour member John Robson.

Afterwards, Coun Drabble said: “I feel proud that the people of Arbourthorne saw fit to invest their trust in me.

“The times we have faced under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition have been really punishing for cities like Sheffield. The people of Arbourthorne and the rest of Sheffield are looking for people to stand up for them.”

 

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