Lib Dems Hit Hard in Yorkshire Council Elections

6 May 2011, 09:29

Labour has swept back into power in Sheffield, where Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is an MP.

Labour now has 49 councillors out of a total of 84, taking nine seats from the Liberal Democrats, who crashed from 41 seats to 32.

In a bleak night for the Deputy Prime Minister, the ward of Broomhill, which has a large student population, was one of those that changed from Lib Dem to Labour control.

Last year, the Lib Dems lost control of Sheffield, leaving it with no party in overall control, though the Lib Dems remained the largest party with one councillor more than Labour.

The council had been run by the Liberal Democrats with help from the Green Party.

Meanwhile Labour held control of Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley.

In Hull, Labour also swept to power taking the council from the Lib Dems. It saw the council's leader Carl Minns lose his seat to Labour.

Labour won 34 seats, up 11 on the previous election, while the Lib Dems took 22 seats, 10 fewer than last time. The Conservatives still hold two seats.

Counting is still going on for councils in West and North Yorkshire with results being announced throughout the day.

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