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.
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.
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.
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.
Labour candidate Alice Cave is re-elected, winning with 1051 votes, but it was a slim majority with Conservative candidate Marie Bates winning 914.
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.”
Labour hold, the incumbent Caroline Makinson holds the ward with 1,034 votes
Summer Louanne Risebury – Labour hold with 964 votes. Conservative challenger Adrian Thompson came second with 529 votes.
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.”
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%
Labour hold with Kevin Osborne taking 1,166 votes
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
Conservative leader John Wilson keeps his seat comfortably with 1,954 votes, 920 more than Lib Dem candidate Susan Water
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
Karen Dyson, Labour candidate, won 895 votes, unseating former Labour turned Independent councillor Wayne Johnson by 2016 votes.
Labour’s Roy Bowser pipped Independent Gill Carr to the post with a narrow majority of 52.
LIB DEM GAIN
Lib Dem candidate Mandy Lowe-Flello won 1,444 votes, unseating Labour and beating Conservative Martin Bancroft, who won 1,172.
Labour’s Dorothy Coates holds the seat, with 1,364 votes – way ahead of runner-up Conservative candidate, Jacob Griffin, who won 398.
Wendy Cain holds the seat for Labour with 1052 votes.
Labour’s Sarah Tattersall has held the St Helen’s ward, with 983 votes. Donna Cutts, Conservative candidate came second, with 330 votes.