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Labour get control of York

York city council

6:49pm 6th May 2011
(Updated 6:50pm 6th May 2011)

The Labour Group has overall control of City of York Council following yesterday’s election (5th May 2011).

Labour is now the largest party on the council with 26 seats, followed by the Conservative Group with ten seats; the Liberal Democrats with eight seats; The Green Group with two seats; and one Independent member.

The turnout for the City of York Council elections was 44.72 per cent, compared to the 41.8 per cent turnout for the 2007 council elections.

The highest percentage of residents to vote was in Derwent Ward, with a turn out of 60 per cent.

Councillors who are not re-elected stand down on the fourth day after the election and new councillors take up office from that day.

The one exception is the Lord Mayor, who remains in office until the Annual Council Meeting on 26th May 2011.

York's Labour party's leader James Alexander has spoken to Minster FM:

The big shock of the day was the ousting of Lib Dem Council Leader Andrew Waller when he lost his seat in the Westfield ward.

Joining him with losing his seat was Steve Galloway, as Labour swept the board in the Westfield ward.

Steve has been on the council for the last 38 years.

James Alexander told Minster FM he believes it's a sign of the times:

Now despite Labour winning in York, James Alexander is not the new Council Leader just yet.

That position will be formally confirmed in a few weeks time at the annual council meeting.

But he's told Minster FM he want to get to work straight away on their manifesto promises:

Elsewhere in North Yorkshire, the Conservatives have dominated Selby.

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