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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Labour retain control of Carlisle council after elections

Labour and the Conservatives both won one extra seat in yesterday's Carlisle City Council elections.

The two parties were the only beneficiaries, with an independent councillor and Liberal Democrat losing wards in the 17-seat poll.

Ukip failed to win a seat. Its candidates were second in 10 of the 17 wards.

The Lib Dems were left with no councillors in the urban areas after Labour’s Gerald Caig took Castle. Conservative Ann McKerrell gained Dalston from independent Bryan Craig.

Retirements meant new councillors were guaranteed in four seats.

These were Castle, won by Mr Caig; Wetheral, taken by Conservative Stephen Higgs; Harraby, won by Labour's Robert Burns and Denton Holme, which was taken by Christopher Southward, also Labour.

In total, Labour won nine seats, the Conservatives seven and independent Rob Betton took Botcherby.

Labour retained control of the council with 29 seats, while the Conservatives now have 19, the Liberal Democrats two and there are two independents.

The total vote across the city was 26,156 from a possible 76,358, meaning turnout was 34.3 per cent. This was a small increase on the 2012 elections, when 24,557 votes were cast.

European elections were also held yesterday. The results of that are not due until late Sunday.

Election returning officer Jason Gooding revealed that 29,152 votes were cast in the European elections out of a possible 84,704 – a 34.42 per cent turnout. Of these, 19,216 were made at polling stations and 9,936 were postal votes.

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