Local Elections 2017 Derbyshire
The results are in for the Local Elections 2017 and Labour has lost control of Derbyshire County Council, overturning a pre-election Labour majority of 21 seats. The Conservatives swept to victory taking 37 seats compared to 18 at the last election. Te result was not totally unexpected, as the Tories made huge gains across the country.
Labour now have 24 seats in total on the council, with the Liberal Democrats holding 3 seats.
Buxton North & East Labour candidate Caitlin Bisknell lost her seat to Conservative candidate Linda Grooby. On Twitter earlier today Caitlin said, “Thanks to everyone who voted for me & worked on my campaign, we could not have done more. Gutted to report that I lost, by just 27 votes.”
Brexit is thought to have played a key role, with all areas of the county having voted to leave the EU in the referendum in June 2016.
Derbyshire’s Labour group leader Dave Wilcox told the BBC that genuine party “supporters said we are not voting for you while you have Jeremy Corbyn as leader”.
Anne Western, who was the Labour leader of Derbyshire County Council, has been giving her assessment of why the Conservatives now have control.
“I think in a lot of places the Labour vote has held up,” she told BBC Radio Derby.
“But I think what has happened time and time again is the UKIP vote has gone completely over to the Conservatives.”
Turnout in Derbyshire is reported to have been 38%.
For the full Local Election 2017 results, go to: bbc.co.uk/news/election