LOCAL ELECTIONS: ‘Marvellous day for Labour’

Pictures show general views of the Election Count at Blackpool Sports centre. Simon Blackburn and Gary Coleman

Pictures show general views of the Election Count at Blackpool Sports centre. Simon Blackburn and Gary Coleman

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A jubilant Labour group are celebrating after increasing their majority on Blackpool Council against the odds.

For the first time ever, the party has a seat in Squires Gate after upsetting Lib Dem incumbent Douglas Green.

Despite suffering badly in the General Election, Labour held strong in Blackpool to win 29 seats - gaining one seat since the 2011 elections

All 13 Conservative seats in the resort stayed blue in a vote that delivered very few upsets.

Leader of the Labour group Coun Simon Blackburn said: “I am absolutely delighted.

“If anyone had said to me we would increase our majority I would have thought there was something wrong with them.

“It is just a marvellous day for Blackpool Labour, for our council and all of our candidates and workers who put so much effort in.

“I am so proud to lead 29 people with so much passion.”

He said the focus now is on delivering on his group’s “simple and practical” manifesto as the council faces another £58m of cuts over the next four years under a Tory government.

“Making silly spending promises is not going to work,” he said.

Leader of the Conservative group Coun Tony Williams, who kept his Anchorsholme seat, said he was proud of his party’s showing.

He said: “We haven’t lost any seats at all.

“We are celebrating a very long campaign and I am delighted we have maintained our votes.”

He said the Tory majority in some wards had increased compared to 2011.

“In some places the vote was extremely close,” he added. In Layton, Conservative hopeful John Ridyard missed out by just 30 votes.

UKIP put in some strong performances - having entered a candidate in all 21 wards for the first time - but failed to win a seat.

Warwick Howlett, who came fifth in Warbreck, backed his party’s calls for electoral reform following the results.

He said: “It is a shame that over 12 per cent of the population won’t have a representative on the council - this is reflected in the national results as well.

“Despite receiving more than 3.5m votes nationally, UKIP won just one parliamentary seat.

Mr Howlett added: “It is not a true democratic representation of the town’s make-up.

“It has been a poor result for us but I am encouraged.

“We have got good grass roots and we need to get out and find out who these voters are and encourage them to take a more active stance.”

But a dismal day nationally for the Lib Dems was made worse when the party’s only Blackpool representative lost his seat.

Douglas Green was the only casualty on a day that saw voters in the resort back the status quo.

The only other former councillor to go home disappointed was Labour’s Pam Jackson, former Hawes Side councillor, who stood in the Tory stronghold of Stanley, which remained blue.

Her replacement in Hawes Side won to keep the ward under Labour control.

FULL RESULTS

Anchorsholme

Paul Galley - Conservative - 1879

Jon Bamborough - Labour - 1054

Jane Hugo - Labour - 1048

Tony Williams - Conservative - 1620

Jaqueline Sidwell - UKIP - 637

Bispham

Don Clapham - Conservative - 1559

Colin Maycock - Conservative - 1144

Sandra Braithwaite - UKIP - 787

John Hawkins-Arkwright - Labour - 1121

Nita Sproston - Labour - 839

Gordon Sinclair - The Green Party - 325

Brunswick

Gary Coleman - Labour - 1187

Simon Blackburn - Labour - 1181

Joey Blower - Conservative - 642

Shirley Cantrell - Conservative - 626

Colin Porter - UKIP - 432

Joanna Trafford - UKIP - 358

Marek Radomski - 42

Bloomfield

Graham Cain - Labour - 1045

John Jones - Labour - 902

Phill Armstrong - The Green Party - 202

Liam Bleeker - UKIP - 585

Mandy Cunliffe - Conservative - 463

Annemarie Slack - Conservative - 294

Olga Krzyzaniak - 37

Claremont

Ivan Taylor - Labour - 1276

Lynn Williams - Labour - 1035

Fred Barnes - Conservative - 563

Geraldine Brown - Conservative - 584

Sue Close - Lib Dem - 168

Alex Ewan - UKIP - 519

Jaguar Man - 46

Garry Richardson - The Green Party - 215

Clifton

Adrian Hutton - Labour - 1315

Luke Taylor - Labour - 1074

John Braithwaite - UKIP - 823

Bev Ramsden - Conservative - 732

Phil Ramsden - Conservative - 651

Greenlands

Chris Ryan - Labour - 1280

Christine Wright - Labour - 1191

Angela Brown - Conservative - 1129

Vince McNulty - Conservative - 1061

Danny Fox - UKIP - 692

Hawes Side

Debbie Coleman - Labour - 1287

Kim Critchley - Labour - 1204

Debbie Brailsford - UKIP - 610

Barry Wells - UKIP - 523

Vicky Cunningham - Conservative - 713

Andy Miller - Conservative - 686

Highfield

Peter Hunter - Labour - 1374

Lily Henderson - Conservative - 1233

Graham Baker - Conservative - 1150

James Sorah - Labour - 1110

Lee White - UKIP - 735

Ingthorpe

Kath Rowson - Labour - 1438

Amy Cross - Labour - 1363

Michael Dillon - Conservative - 1236

Mathew Morris - Conservative - 869

Susan Howlett - UKIP - 675

Layton

Kathryn Benson - Labour - 1218

Martin Mitchell - Labour - 988

John Ridyard - Conservative - 966

Sue Ridyard - Conservative - 931

Philip Watt - TUSC - 90

Steve Werry - UKIP - 561

Marton

Jim Elmes - Labour - 1422

Vikki Singleton - Labour - 1166

Roger Stansfield - Conservative - 1136

Duncan Whitehead - Conservative - 1101

Paul Nield - UKIP - 813

Norbreck

Peter Callow - Conservative - 1839

Maxine Callow - Conservative - 1866

Neal Brookes - Labour - 1089

Rex Langford - Labour - 985

Catherine Grimbilakos - UKIP - 699

Park

Gillian Campbell - Labour - 1148

Maria Kirkland - Labour - 1258

Brian Coope - Conservative - 932

Karen Coope - Conservative - 794

John Bebbington - UKIP - 552

Victoria

Fred Jackson - Labour - 1209

David Owen - Labour - 966

Mark Courtney Massey - Conservative - 636

Tony Jones - Conservative - 539

Gina Eastwood - The Green Party - 274

Terry Knight - UKIP - 735

Squires Gate

Christian Cox - Conservative - 1279

Alistair Humphreys - Labour - 804

Ben Singleton - Labour - 775

Gerard Walsh - Conservative - 802

Douglas Green - Lib Dem - 608

Bill Greene - Lib Dem - 359

Paul White - UKIP - 668

Stanley

Jason Roberts - Conservative - 1468

Andrew Stansfield - Conservative - 1355

Martin Bleeker - UKIP - 756

Irene Greene - Lib Dem - 211

Pamela Jackson - Labour - 1026

Robert Wood - Labour - 806

Talbot

Ian Coleman - Labour - 1145

Mark Smith - Labour - 981

Johdan Braithwaite - UKIP - 512

Billy Coughlin - Conservative - 756

Charlie Docherty - Conservative - 796

Stephen Troy - TUSC - 103

Tyldesley

Eddie Collett - Labour - 1145

Allan Matthews - Labour - 1145

Moira Graham - Conservative - 872

Adam McCance - Conservative - 741

Paul Hindley - Lib Dem - 167

Kim Knight - UKIP - 658

Mark Tugwood - Independent - 144

Warbreck

Tony Brown - Conservative - 1237

Danny Scott - Conservative - 1197

Kevan Benfold - Lib Dem - 237

David Collett - Labour - 962

Matthew Haynes - Labour - 876

Warwick Howlett - UKIP - 633

Kathryn Sinclair - The Green Party - 250

Waterloo

Derek Robertson - Conservative - 1043

David O’Hara - Labour - 966

Julie Daniels - The Green Party - 340

Heather O’Hara - Labour - 921

Barry Vernon - Conservative - 784

Spencer Shackleton - UKIP - 740