LOCAL ELECTIONS: Squires Gate ward recount drama

Graham Cain and John Jones celebrate Bloomfield for Labour

Graham Cain and John Jones celebrate Bloomfield for Labour

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It was a historic moment for the Labour party in Blackpool.

Squires Gate - traditionally fought between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives - has its first ever Labour councillor.

Alistair Humphreys had to endure the agony of a recount before he was officially declared - so late in the day that staff were already starting to clear up the hall.

But despite the late drama his two-vote lead over the third placed Tory candidate was confirmed.

He said afterwards: “I am exceedingly pleased with the outcome.

“It has been a long, hard and very closely fought battle.

“I am looking forward to four hard-working years as a Labour councillor representing Squires Gate.”

But despite having plenty to celebrate with his new colleagues his first priority was to get home to see his kids.

He joins many returning Labour councillors who were delighted to keep their seats at a time when the party has struggled badly on the national stage.

Coun Graham Cain, who was re-elected to represent Bloomfield, said: “Our hard work will continue, working hand in hand with the community.

“Hopefully we will continue to regenerate the area - we are really proud of what we have done up to now.

“We know it’s one of the most deprived wards in the country but the hard work we have done up to now is making a difference.

“We are after building a better Bloomfield and a better Blackpool.”

Coun John Jones, who was also re-elected to the ward, added: “I am really pleased.

“It just shows if you work hard with the community, with residents, it pays off.

“Both Graham and myself are really passionate about what we do.”