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RESULTS: More Labour success in parish councils
12:36pm Tuesday 8th May 2012 in News
FOLLOWING success in the borough council elections, Labour also enjoyed a strong showing in parish councils.
All seats were up on parishes across the borough.
In Birchwood, it was Labour who came out on top, winning nine of 10 seats available. Nigel Balding won the other for the Conservatives.
Croft saw the Conservatives win four seats, the Liberal Democrats one and Labour one through Chris Vobe who polled more voted than any other candidate.
The biggest shock was in Culcheth and Glazebury where Labour has taken over as the biggest candidate from the Conservatives.
Borough councillor Sue Bland was among the victims as Labour took seven of the 10 seats. Chris Vobe and dad Mike Vobe were elected.
Grappenhall and Thelwall is again Liberal Democrat dominated. The party won 11 of 12 seats.
In Great Sankey, Labour seized control from the Lib Dems.
Former borough councillors Liz Smith and Roy Smith among the casualties as Labour won 13 of 15 seats – the Lib Dems taking the other two.
In Lymm, town crier Peter Powell was elected joining fellow independent Joe Griffiths.
Su Williams won for Labour while the Lib Dems won three seats and the Conservatives four.
Penketh will be an all Labour domain winning 12 seats.
Poulton and Fearnhead is also Labour controlled with six seats to Lib Dems three.
Winners in Rixton with Glazebrook were Liz Clarke, Maurice Johnson, David MacLachlan, David Trenbath.
The Liberal Democrats are the majority party in Stockton Heath with eight seats. The Conservatives won two, Sonia Boggin and Stephen Taylor, Labour three, including new borough councillor Laurence Murphy, and two independents won, Graham Roughsedge and Tudor Pole.
And in Winwick, Pamela Barrow, John Gordon, Susan Gordon, Ann Iddon and Alan Smith won.
Nick Bent, for Labour, said: “I’m delighted that Labour has almost trebled its parish presence to 30 councillors, from Lymm through to Whittle Hall.
"We now have elected representatives right across Warrington South, and the Tories have none at all north of the ship canal in this constituency. David Mowat must be a very worried man.”
David Mowat, Warrington South MP, said: "These are clearly very disappointing results.
"Highly effective, hard-working Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors have taken the hit due to the tough times the country is going through as we continue to clear up Labour’s mess.”
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