Labour group in Barnsley tightens its grip on power
Date: 06/05/2012. Story submitted by: KevinS
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Labour has increased its majority on Barnsley Council following the local elections held in the borough on May 3.
The Labour party gained nine seats - seven from Barnsley Independent Group, one from Conservatives and one Independent - in the 21 wards contested.
This 63-seat council is now made up of 52 Labour councillors, five members of Barnsley Independent Group, five Conservatives and one Independent.
Leader of the council Steve Houghton, who was returned to his Cudworth ward seat with 1,684 votes, said the strong performance of Labour reflected voters’ opinions of the government.
“The government has shown their whole direction does not support the North and individual towns like Barnsley,” he said. “The older population is worried about pensions credit and taxes on older people. The government gives with one hand and takes away with the other.”
The full results are available on the council's website, shown below.
Address: Church Street Barnsley S70 2TA
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