Election | Conservatives retain control

The Conservatives have retained control of the District Council with a convincing majority.

At the end of counting today (Friday), the Conservatives had claimed 29 seats - the same as 2011 - on the 39-seat authority, with Labour on 5, the Lib Dems 3, Independent 1 and Other 1.

Labour have the same number of seats as four years ago, the Lib Dems have dropped one, and there is one gain for 'Other', Thomas Elliott, who has no party affiliation in Lathkill & Bradford ward.

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But the controlling group suffered a blow with the loss of Deputy Leader Councillor Geoff Stevens MBE, who came fourth in Matlock All Saints ward behind Liberal Democrat husband and wife Martin and Sue Burfoot and fellow Conservative Ann Elliott.

In the County Council by-election in Ashbourne, Steve Bull retained for the Conservatives a seat vacated by MEP and former County Council Leader Andrew Lewer.

Councillor Bull himself vacated his seat on the District Council, which was filled by his wife Sue in Ashbourne North ward, where she topped the poll.

In 2011 the political makeup of the District Council was:

  • Conservative - 29 seats
  • Labour - 5 seats
  • Liberal Democrats - 4 seats
  • Independent - 1 seat

Counting for Town and Parish Councils in the Derbyshire Dales takes place tomorrow (Saturday), together with the Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan referendum.