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Norwich and Great Yarmouth Elections 2018: Full results and reaction

PUBLISHED: 14:42 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:25 04 May 2018

Local Elections 2018. The polling station at St Lukes Church Centre in Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Local Elections 2018. The polling station at St Lukes Church Centre in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

With counting finished in the local elections in Norfolk, there have been gains for Labour in Norwich but UKIP has lost seats in Great Yarmouth.

Labour have strengthened their grip on Norwich City Council - at the expense of the Greens.

Labour took all five of the seats which the Green Party were defending - Thorpe Hamlet, Town Close, Wensum, Nelson and Mancroft.

The Liberal Democrats retained Eaton, but the Conservatives failed to get a Tory councillor back in at City Hall.

Norwich City Council now has 31 Labour councillors, The Greens are down five to 10 and there remain three Liberal Democrats.

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Turnout was just below 35pc.

Alan Waters, Labour leader of Norwich City Council, said: “I am very pleased. We had expected to take three Green seats, so I am delighted that we took all five. And I’m always delighted when we find ourselves in a situation where we have no Conservative councillors on the city council.

“We presented very clear policies to the people of Norwich, around housing, investment, jobs, and campaigning for a living wage and we’ve had a very efficient administration which has delivered, in spite of austerity.

“The Greens lost ground two years ago and they have not managed to make it up. It does change the dynamic on the council and we will have more seats on committees.

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“But we have always tried to run the council, as far as possible, through consensus, rather than adversarially, and the Greens and Liberal Democrats will still have key roles on committees such as scrutiny and audit.”

A ward review of electoral boundaries in Norwich means that next year will see all 39 city councillors up for election and Mr Waters said: “This is a strong set of results, but it will be a clean sheet of paper next year and we can take nothing for granted.

“We will be doing what we can this year to deliver for the people of Norwich, but we are also going to be campaigning to get a very strong majority taking us forward into the 2020s.”

In Great Yarmouth, the Conservatives and Labour both benefited from the collapse of UKIP. The Tories gained two seats, Labour four, with UKIP losing six.

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The make-up after the election results were announced this morning is 23 Conservatives, 15 Labour and 1 UKIP.

Former Labour MP Tony Wright is back on the council he once chaired and led before being elected to Westminster, subsequently losing his parliamentary seat to the Conservative Brandon Lewis in 2010.

Former UKIP leader Kay Grey, who defected to the Tories last year, retained her seat in Gorleston with 894 votes.

With Great Yarmouth switching the cycle elections, all 39 councillors, including the new intake, will be fighting for their seats again in a year’s time.

Here’s who stood in Norwich (winners in bold):

BOWTHORPE: Jean Bishop (G) 173 ; Oliver Healey (LD) 131; Sue Sands (L) 1297 ; Andrew Wiltshire (C) 579. Majority: 718. Turnout: 26pc

CATTON GROVE: Henry Newton (C) 809; Tony Park (G) 196; Mike Stonard (L) 1220; Leigh Tooke (LD) 153. Majority: 411. Turnout: 29pc.

CROME: Judith Ford (G) 178; Tom Sherman (C) 592; Marion Maxwell (L) 1219; Samuel Neal (LD) 111. Majority: 627. Turnout: 29pc.

EATON: Samantha England (C) 888; Ben Hardie (L) 689; Jane Saunders (G) 249; James Wright (LD) 1,799. Majority: 911. Turnout: 50pc.

LAKENHAM: Emily Cutler (LD) 307; Eric Masters (C) 475; Peter Offord (G) 238; Rachel Trevor (L) 1353. Majority: 878. Turnout: 33pc.

MANCROFT: Sandra Bogelein (G) 1,171; Iain Gwynn (C) 373; Jo Smith (L) 1,248; Sarah Tustin (LD) 139. Majority: 77. Turnout: 35pc.

MILE CROSS: Richard Edwards (I) 116; John Fisher (C) 393; Adrian Holmes (G) 188; Jacob Huntley (L) 1,124; Chris Thomas (LD) 125. Majority: 731. Turnout: 25pc.

NELSON: Reece Durrant (C) 189; David Fairbairn (LD) 185; Emma Hampton (L) 1,643; Paul Neale (G) 1,459. Majority: 184. Turnout: 49pc.

SEWELL: Neil Hardman (LD) 155; Tessa Jackson (C) 431; Cami Ouzerdine (G) 325; Matthew Packer (L) 1,652 Majority: 1,222. Turnout: 33pc

THORPE HAMLET: Gordon Dean (LD) 229; Lesley Grahame (G) 1,122; Alex Jackson-Dennis (C) 587; Cavan Stewart (L) 1,277. Majority: 155. Turnout: 35pc.

TOWN CLOSE: Nick Caistor (G) 659; Mary Chacksfield (C) 841; Silvia Schmidtova (LD) 373; Ian Stutely (L) 1,776. Majority: 935. Turnout: 43pc.

UNIVERSITY: Syed Ahmod (C) 252; Connor Bell (LD) 125; Matthew Fulton-McAlister (L) 1,156; Claire Stephenson (G) 296. Majority: 860. Turnout: 33pc.

WENSUM: Erin Fulton-McAlister (L) 1,440; Thomas Holloway (G) 481; Thomas Sheppard (C) 432; David Thomas (LD) 113. Majority: 959. Turnout: 30pc.

Key: C – Conservative; G – Green Party; I – Independent; L – Labour; LD – Liberal Democrat

And here’s who is stood in Great Yarmouth (winners are in bold):

BRADWELL NORTH: Graham Plant (C); Jo Thurtle (L)

BRADWELL SOUTH AND HOPTON: Carl Annison (C); James Borg (L)

CAISTER NORTH: Graham Carpenter (C); Jack Cutting (U); Sandy Griffiths (L)

CAISTER SOUTH: Tom Andrews (U); Malcolm Bird (C); Andrew Booth (L); Lynne Connell (T)

CENTRAL AND NORTHGATE: Thomas Allen (C); Paul Buttifant (T);Richard Jeffs (C); Jade Martin (L); Derek Poole (U); Mike Smith-Clare (L): Phillip Trindall (U)

CLAYDON: Michael Monk (T); Racheal Moore (C); Cara Walker (L)

EAST FLEGG: Edd Bush (L); Noel Galer (C)

GORLESTON: Kay Grey (C); Kate Guyton (L); McCarthy Webb (T)

LOTHINGLAND: David Drewitt (C); Adrian Myers (T); Christina Stewart (L)

MAGDALEN: Angela Buttifant (T); George Rogers (C); Trevor Wainwright (L)

NELSON: Aurelio Goncalves Spinola (C) Matt Swann (T); Tony Wright (L)

SOUTHTOWN AND COBHOLM: Cathy Cordiner-Achenbach (L); Margaret Farrow (C); Graham Knight (U) Hayden Turner (T)

YARMOUTH NORTH: Philip Grimmer (U); John Simmons (L); Katy Stenhouse (C)

KEY: C – Conservative; L – Labour; U – UKIP; T – Tribune

What happened nationally last night

Across the rest of the country, 98 overnight counts council results have declared, with Norwich and Great Yarmouth among the remaining 52 results still awaited.

So far, it has been a case of mixed fortunes for the two major parties.

Labour took Plymouth from the Conservatives but was unable to seize Tory “crown jewel” authorities in London, where it had hoped to make gains.

Hillingdon remained in Conservative hands and Mr Corbyn’s party fell well short of the upsets some had predicted in Tory strongholds Wandsworth, Westminster and Kensington.

And Labour failed in its bid to take control of top target Barnet, which was gained by Tories from no overall control.

There were indications that the row over anti-Semitism may have hit its vote in an area of north London with a large Jewish community.

Former Labour councillor Adam Langleben, who lost his seat in West Hendon, tweeted: “We must NEVER have another election like this. No community group should have their vote dictated by their safety. That should shame us.”

The Conservatives gained control of councils in Peterborough, Southend and Basildon, and saw a small swing in their favour outside the capital. But they lost Trafford, their flagship council in the North West, to no overall control.

Party chairman Brandon Lewis, Great Yarmouth MP, told Sky News: “It’s been a good night for us. We’ve done better than expected and we have seen Labour - who thought they would be sweeping the board in London - thus far not gaining a single council in London.

“Eight years into a government, Labour was losing 4,000 councillors, whereas we at the moment are holding councils and in some areas making positive inroads.”

Theresa May’s party appeared to have benefited from an almost total collapse in the UKIP vote, which saw the Eurosceptic party shed councillors across the country.

UKIP are fielding no candidates at all in Norwich, but are fielding six in Great Yarmouth. However, at last year’s Norfolk County Council elections, UKIP lost all of their seats.

The one point of light for UKIP last night was Derby, where the party held one seat and picked up another, unseating Labour’s leader in the city. Former deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans openly discussed the prospect of the party “crumbling”.

Labour sources described the results as “solid”, saying that the party had consolidated advances made at last year’s general election.

But it suffered from a failure to damp down expectations in a set of elections where its activists, and members of the Corbyn-backing Momentum organisation, put in massive efforts on the doorsteps.

Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan said last year that there was “no corner” of the city where the party could not win and insisted they could challenge the Tories “even in their crown jewels of Wandsworth and Barnet”.

And shadow chancellor John McDonnell raised the prospect last month of the party securing a “significant victory”in Hillingdon.

Carrie Symonds, the Conservative Party’s director of communications, said Labour “threw the kitchen sink” at Wandsworth, adding it was “brilliant news” that they had failed.

Shadow cabinet minister Jonathan Ashworth acknowledged that Labour had “a lot of work to do”, but insisted it was making progress across the country creating “a basis we can build upon for the next general election”.

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