Conservatives lose control of Richmondshire District Council

The Conservatives have lost control of Richmondshire District Council.

With all the votes counted, the Tory Party have been left with ten councillors, with ten independents, three Lib Dems and one Green Party councillor.

It is expected the independents will now work with the Lib Dems and Green Party councillors to form a so-called “rainbow coalition” to run the council.

Independent councillor Stuart Parsons confirmed talks about forming a coalition had already begun.

He said: “There will be further talks taking place over the weekend and early next week to find a solution to take the council forward and create a council that takes care of the poor, the weak, the vulnerable and all the residents of Richmondshire.

“We need a council of action, not inaction.”

It is not yet clear who will lead the coalition and become council leader, although former leader, Upper Dales councillor John Blackie, ruled himself out.

He added: “Discussions will be held for the various groups to pull together to form a rainbow coalition.

“Clearly there will be a change in political administration.”

Conservative councillor and former council leader Yvonne Peacock. who was re-elected, blamed Brexit for her party’s losses.

She said: “On 29th March we did not come out of Europe and that meant a lot of Conservative voters decided not to vote for us.”

Coun Peacock expressed her disappointment at the results, saying the Conservatives had run an “extremely good” authority for the last four years.

“We’ve done the very best we can for the residents of Richmondshire.

“I’m extremely disappointed that we’ve lost some extremely good local councillors.”

Coun Peacock added that hung councils in the past had proved ineffective in Richmondshire.

The election was the first since a review by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England which saw the number of seats drop by ten – from 34 to 24 – with the new councillors elected to represent 16 wards.

Among the Conservative councillors not to be re-elected was current chairman and former leader Bill Glover, as well as Tony Duff, Jamie Cameron and Ian Scott.

The Green Party has its first councillor in Richmondshire with Kevin Foster being selected to represent Colburn.

Here are the results in full:

Catterick and Brompton-on-Swale – three councillors

  • Richard Heylings – Conservative – 406
  • Leslie Rowe – Independent – 599
  • Paul Spencer – Independent – 677
  • Ian Threlfall – Conservative – 616
  • Stephen Wyrill – Conservative – 510

Colburn – two councillors

  • Angie Dale – Independent – 392
  • Kevin Foster – The Green Party – 307
  • Bill Glover – Conservative – 228
  • Jane Wyrill – Conservative – 74

Croft and Middleton Tyas – two councillors

  • Campbell Dawson – Conservative – 522
  • Harold Millar – Liberal Democrat – 265
  • Jane Parlour – Liberal Democrat – 400
  • Bev Partridge – Independent – 285
  • Ken Smith – Labour – 122
  • Angus Thomspon – Conservative – 535

Gilling West – one councillor

  • Jamie Cameron – Conservative – 238
  • William Heslop – Independent – 440

Hawes, High Abbotside & Upper Swaledale – one councillor

  • John Blackie – Independent – 709
  • Pat Kirkbride – Conservative – 128

Hipswell – two councillors

  • Richard Blows – Conservative – 167
  • Paul Cullen – Independent – 326
  • Lawrence Grose – Conservative – 192

Leyburn – two councillors

  • John Amsden – Independent – 742
  • Tony Duff – Conservative – 385
  • Marian Knowles – Labour – 252
  • Karin Sedgwick – Conservative – 579

Lower Swaledale & Arkengarthdale – one councillor

  • Richard Good – Liberal Democrat – 316
  • Robbie Kelly – Green Party – 81
  • Ian Scott – Conservative – 236
  • David Dixon – Labour – 41

Lower Wensleydale – one councillor

  • Richard Ormston – Conservative – 335
  • Lisle Ryder – Green Party – 244

Melsonby – one councillor

  • Philip Knowles – Liberal Democrats – 176
  • Jimmy Wilson-Petch – Conservative – 364

Middleham – one councillor

  • Susan Fairhurst- Conservative – 406
  • Nigel Hopper – Labour – 107

Richmond East – one councillor

  • Hazel Leah – Conservative – 266
  • Philip Wicks – Liberal Democrat – 408

Richmond North – one councillor

  • Lorraine Hodgson – Independent – 274
  • Anna Jackson – Green Party – 58
  • David Johnson – Conservative – 161
  • Gill Paige – Labour – 42

Richmond West – two councillors

  • Muriel Blythman – Conservative – 200
  • Dave Dalton – Green Party – 275
  • Jo Foster – Liberal Democrats – 350
  • Alexander Grose – Conservatives – 181
  • Stuart Parsons – Independent – 703
  • Clive World – Liberal Democrats – 592

Scotton – two councillors

  • Helen Grant – Independent – 434
  • Geoffrey Linehan – Conservative – 281
  • Pat Middlemiss – Conservative – 335
  • Mark Smith – Labour – 123
  • Martin Smith – UKIP – 214

Yoredale – one councillor

  • Yvonne Peacock – Conservative – 578
  • Hugo Radice – Labour – 138

1 Comment

  1. Looking forward to a new approach to the Council
    blame Brexit if they like but put more simply we are fed up with 2 Party politics. More parties and they need to work together.
    Brexit has just moved us on, wait for major elections both big
    Parties will be hit big style neither fit to Govern

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