Labour steals show

Voter Caroline crawford leaving the polling station in Blackhall yesterday (THURS) after casting her ballot.

Voter Caroline crawford leaving the polling station in Blackhall yesterday (THURS) after casting her ballot.

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LABOUR councillors stole the show at the Durham County Council elections taking all but one seat.

Prior to yesterday’s elections 11 out of the 16 councillors in East Durham were Labour.

But the party won every single seat except Passfield, which was taken by long-standing independent Joan Maslin.

Labour councillor Audrey Laing, who retained her seat in Peterlee, said: “It is fantastic, we are all on a high, it’s really good. We did expect to do so well with the way the Government is at the moment.”

On winning 18 of the 19 seats available in East Durham, which have been increased due to boundary changes, labour ousted long-established councillor Alan Cox in Blackhall.

Councillor Rob Crute retained his seat in Blackhall and was joined by fellow Labour representative Lynn Pounder.

Alan Cox, who had been a Durham County councillor for 16 years, expressed his “bitter disappointment” at the result.

He told said: “I am disappointed, obviously. I am disappointed at the public’s response because maybe they have voted for the party as opposed to the individual.”

Former Horden councillor Dennis Maddison also lost his seat to June Clark and Paul Stradling retained his seat.

In the Peterlee west ward, James Alvey retained his seat while fellow Labour representative Janice Measor took a seat off Liberal Democrat councillor Ralph Little.

Councillors Harry Bennett and Audrey Laing, both Labour, won in Peterlee east, while David Boyes retained his seat in Easington and was joined by fellow Labour councillor Angela Surtees.

In Trimdon and Thornley, Labour councillors Peter Brookes, Lucy Hovells and Morris Nicholls were all re-elected as were Labour’s Eunice Huntington and Robin Todd, in Shotton and South Hetton.

Leo Taylor was elected in the Wingate ward and Councillor John Robinson retained his Labour seat in Sedgefield, but there was no such luck for Conservative David Brown who lost out to Labour’s Rachel Lumsdon.

Across County Durham there was a turnout of 27.83 per cent.