Coin toss decides tied vote seat as Labour retain overall control of Barnsley Council

Labour has come out of today’s election count with the same number of seats they began with, despite the party losing seats nationally.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 10:22 pm
Election count.

The Liberal Democrats made the biggest gains of the night, winning three seats – and are now the council’s biggest opposition party with seven seats in total.

Although Labour’s majority of 48 seats mean they will still have overall control of the council, they lost two seats to the lib dems, but gained two from the Independents.

The Independents lost two of their four seats, and the Conservatives held three seats.

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Incredibly, Labour’s Nicola Sumner held the Rockingham seat via a coin toss, after tying with Conservative candidate Roy Garratt – both won 1,084 votes.

KINGSTONE

LABOUR HOLD

Labour candidate Pooja Ramchandani holds the ward with 699 votes. Pooja joins Labour councillors Kevin Williams and Kath Mitchell, meaning the party now holds all three seats in the ward.

DARTON WEST

LABOUR HOLD

Labour candidate Alice Cave is re-elected, winning with 1051 votes, but it was a slim majority with Conservative candidate Marie Bates winning 914.

DARTON EAST

LIB DEM GAIN

Lib Dem gain – Mat Crisp wins with 1,119 votes. He wins by a majority of 397, with Labour’s Dave Webster coming in with 722 votes.

Mat says he is “proud to be elected”, and the Lib Dem team has been “really supportive” throughout his campaign.

His priorities for the ward will be anti-social behaviour, speed awareness, housing and protecting green space. “I want to understand what the community needs outside of the basic address.”

ROYSTON

LABOUR HOLD

Labour hold, the incumbent Caroline Makinson holds the ward with 1,034 votes

CENTRAL

LABOUR HOLD

Summer Louanne Risebury – Labour hold with 964 votes. Conservative challenger Adrian Thompson came second with 529 votes.

CUDWORTH

LABOUR HOLD

Steve Houghton Labour leader of the council, has held the ward with 1,368 votes. The closest second is Conservative candidate Mark James Brook with 316 votes

Sir Steve thanked the people of Cudworth for re-electing him.

He added that the council’s priorities over the coming term will be jobs, economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, housing and housing.

Sir Steve added: “We’re wanting to keep moving down the green agenda with the council. We are continuing the work around our schools, making sure young people haven’t been disadvantaged by Covid, and making sure they can achieve.”

Monk Bretton:

LABOUR HOLD

Steve Green, Labour Party elected. Number of registered electors 8,953. Total number of ballot papers received 2,314. Turnout 25.94%.

Hoyland Milton Ward:

James Michael Stowe, Labour Party elected. Number of registered electors 9,374. Total number of ballot papers received 2,937. Turnout 31.34%

DARFIELD

LABOUR HOLD

Labour hold with Kevin Osborne taking 1,166 votes

Dodworth

LIB DEM GAIN

Lib dem Chris Wray gains the Dodworth seat by a slim majority of 47 – meaning Barnsley Independent leader Phillip Birkenshaw has been unseated

Penistone East

CONSERVATIVE HOLD

Conservative leader John Wilson keeps his seat comfortably with 1,954 votes, 920 more than Lib Dem candidate Susan Water

Wombwell

LABOUR HOLD

Labour holds the ward, with newcomer James Higginbottom taking 1,346 votes.

Coming in second was Conservate candidate Alex Wilkinson, with 648 votes, giving Labour a comfortable majority of 698

STAIRFOOT

LABOUR GAIN

Karen Dyson, Labour candidate, won 895 votes, unseating former Labour turned Independent councillor Wayne Johnson by 2016 votes.

WORSBROUGH

LABOUR GAIN

Labour’s Roy Bowser pipped Independent Gill Carr to the post with a narrow majority of 52.

PENISTONE WEST

LIB DEM GAIN

Lib Dem candidate Mandy Lowe-Flello won 1,444 votes, unseating Labour and beating Conservative Martin Bancroft, who won 1,172.

DEARNE SOUTH

LABOUR HOLD

Labour’s Dorothy Coates holds the seat, with 1,364 votes – way ahead of runner-up Conservative candidate, Jacob Griffin, who won 398.

DEARNE NORTH

LABOUR HOLD

Wendy Cain holds the seat for Labour with 1052 votes.

St Helen’s

LABOUR HOLD

Labour’s Sarah Tattersall has held the St Helen’s ward, with 983 votes. Donna Cutts, Conservative candidate came second, with 330 votes.