The Labour Party today took a firm stranglehold on Sheffield politics with an election demolition of their Liberal Democrat rivals.
In a poll notable for low voter turnout, the party snatched ten seats from the Lib Dems in the battle for Sheffield City Council, claiming the result as a stern judgment on the coalition government’s cuts agenda.
There will now be 59 Labour members in the council chamber, to the Lib Dems’ 23 and the Greens’ two.
Cllr Julie Dore, Labour leader of the council, who retained her Arbourthorne seat by 1759 votes, said:
“I do think obviously there is a protest vote nationally against the Tory and Lib Dem government. I think right across the nation it is what people expect but particularly in the cities because they have given a North- South divide.
“They have made unfair policies and unfair and savage cuts and the people in Sheffield are saying loud and clear that it is unacceptable, that they need to change course in the economy and for the people.”
Lib Dem leader on the council, Shaffaq Mohammed, said: “The national mood has gone against us. You cannot swim against the tide. It is difficult. We have managed to keep five seats and all in Sheffield Hallam. It is a clear bedrock to work from. What we need to do is regroup.
And Paul Scriven, who was Liberal Democrat leader of the council until a year ago, lost his seat, beaten into third place by the Greens and Labour’s victorious Jayne Dunn.
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