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Election results declared

By Mike Cotton, Town Reporter Friday 23rd May 2014

LABOUR has maintained the same majority on Barnsley Council having lost a seat to Barnsley Independent Group but snatching one from the Conservatives.


Penistone West's Conservative councillor Andrew Milner lost his seat to Labour's Joe Unsworth - by just 42 votes. In Old Town, Penny Lofts lost her seat to Barnsley Independent Group's Liz Grundy - by just 80 votes.


UKIP came second in six out of the nine seats it fielded candidates in, and council leader Sir Steve Houghton said it had been one of the hardest elections for a long time.


"These national trends we have seen elsewhere, we've seen here in Barnsley but thankfully we've held them off. We're not complacent, we can understand that people are dissatisfied and are looking for something different.

"As a council we have got to bring forward the regeneration of the town centre and we've got to manage the cuts, there is no getting away from that."


He said he was pleased with the gain in Penistone West, but disappointed to have lost out in Old Town.


"We won one and we lost one, so we came out even. I think the problems we've had in Old Town have not helped. We had a very good candidate in Penny Lofts who has worked very hard. She only just lost, despite the national trends. We're going to take a step back and look at how we can make it better and come back much stronger.


"Penistone West was one of our target seats. Joe Unsworth works for the town council and works for the council again. If there is one person that would do anything for the community it's Joe and he thoroughly deserves his victory."


Turnout was 29.6 per cent.


The full results were as follows:



Margaret Bruff*, Labour, 1,219

Colin Porter, English Democrats, 481

Dave Gibson, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts, 405

Stuart Wilkinson, Conservative, 265

Labour HOLD


Joe Hayward*, Labour, 1,582
Tony Devoy, independent, 280
George Hill, Conservative, 235
Ralph Dyson, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts, 169


Labour HOLD


Pauline Markham*, Labour, 1,305
David Burnett, English Democrats, 633
Debbie Toon, Conservative, 373

Labour HOLD


Darton East
Harry Spence*, Labour, 1,432
Paul Robinson, English Democrats, 501
Anthony Mawson, Conservative, 491
Robert Teal, Liberal Democrats, 219

Labour HOLD


Darton West
Sharon Howard*, Labour, 1,377
Ian Sutton, English Democrats, 715
Clive Watkinson, Conservative, 567

Labour HOLD


Dearne North
Dave Sim, Labour, 1,179
Graham Swiffen, UKIP, 752
Gordon Wilkinson, Conservative, 103 

Labour HOLD


Dearne South
May Noble*, Labour, 1,935
Lee Ogden, Conservative, 295

Labour HOLD


Jack Carr*, Barnsley Independent Group, 997

Tony Wright, Labour, 796
Anisa Kola, UKIP, 717
Andrew Barr, Conservative, 315

Barnsley Independent Group HOLD


Hoyland Milton
Robin Franklin*, Labour, 1,425
Michael Davies, Barnsley Independent Group, 551
Justin Saxton, Putting England First!, 278
Lesley Watkinson, Conservative, 238
Freddy Ponce, independent, 206
Brian Caton, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts, 149

Labour HOLD


Kath Mitchell*, Labour, 1,011
Christopher Houston, UKIP, 873
Mike Toon, Conservative, 164
Tracey Ann Holland, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts, 137


Labour HOLD


Monk Bretton

Ken Richardson*, Labour, 1,676

Garry Needham, Conservative, 512


Labour HOLD


North East

Dorothy Higginbottom*, Labour, 1,493

Jim Johnson, UKIP, 990

Eddie Devoy, independent, 204

Nichola Richardson, Conservative, 183


Labour HOLD


Old Town

Liz Grundy, Barnsley Independent Group, 1,133

Penny Lofts*, Labour, 1,053

Gill Millner, Conservative, 234

Estelle Marie Mageean, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts, 134


Barnsley Independent Group GAIN


Penistone East

Robert Barnard*, Conservative, 1,511

Jill Hayler, Labour, 1,142

Chris Wood, UKIP, 971

Conservative HOLD


Penistone West
Joe Unsworth, Labour, 1,015
Andrew Millner*, Conservative, 973
David Wood, UKIP, 891
Steve Webber, independent, 635

Labour GAIN


James Andrews*, Labour, 1,032
Andy Belk, UKIP, 829
Steve Sylvester, Barnsley Independent Group, 652
Peter Murray, Conservative, 194
Kevin Riddiough, Putting England First!, 69
Karen Fletcher, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts, 64

Labour HOLD


Tim Cheetham*, Labour, 1,134
Aiden Benoit, UKIP, 887
Anne Haynes, Conservative, 155
Edward Gouthwaite, independent, 90
Tom Dean, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts, 59

Labour HOLD


St. Helens
Dave Leech*,  Labour, 1271
Dean Walker, English Democrats, 383
Jan Campbell, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts, 168
Delia Weldon, Conservative, 108

Labour HOLD

Brian Mathers*, Labour, 1,409
Paul Buckley, Conservative, 396
Frank Watson, Socialist Labour, 378

Labour HOLD


Robert Frost*, Labour, 1,302
Neil Robinson, UKIP, 909
Alex Wilkinson, Conservative, 174
Angela Waller, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts, 76

Labour HOLD

John Clarke*, Labour, 1,014
Raymond Levitt, Barnsley Independent Group, 942
Jonathan Robinson, Conservative, 201
Terry Robinson, Socialist Labour, 105

Labour HOLD



* The graphic shows the balance of power before and after the election *

CommentsClick here to add a comment...
Posted by CP I Fri 23rd May 2014 at 12:31pm

Stop moaning about the town now, you've all voted them in again....

Posted by jeh I Fri 23rd May 2014 at 2:20pm

the independent candidate's transit passed me ysterday and someone inside was givibg a rendition of rolf harris's two little boys. Totally inappropriate !

Posted by nemesis I Fri 23rd May 2014 at 6:45pm

Oh no not labour again in Worsbrough. Won't these idiots ever learn?

Posted by len batty I Fri 23rd May 2014 at 9:45pm

Nemisis don,t despair after all there was a lot more voters in Worsbrough not voting labour than voting for them,the same also applice to Royston,Kingstone and eight or nine others ,Wake up labour your days are numbered ,UKip are just part of the awakening.

Posted by Dontakemeforgranted I Fri 23rd May 2014 at 11:11pm

THe other week i was demonstrating for retention of the disabled travel pass, in a LABOUR area, i should never had to do that, we need help not hand outs but LABOUR in barnsley are losing touch and their arrogance is now exposed by UKIP. Will they now listen to the people. Change is good, this is not a win for Labour in Barnsley it is a warning and to Ed the "Weak". So what are you going to do now because not all UKIP are racists they are upset and very rational

Posted by Tez I Sat 24th May 2014 at 5:33pm

Come on then Sir Steve and labour time to really work hard and show the people of Barnsley you deserve to keep seats the people want to see more and be able to speak to you the leader over anything come on earn your respect show the people of Barnsley you are there for them and where money is being spent apart from councillors wages

Posted by kate andrews I Sat 24th May 2014 at 8:43pm

oh dear people are getting fed up of the Labour whinges.People want to see results not nice glossy brochures.Three labour councillors in Royston never see any until election time.Payment by results may be a way forward.

Posted by Freda I Sun 25th May 2014 at 8:01am

As if Labour was ever going to be overridden by another party in Barnsley! Look at the turnout rates of 29.6%. If people don't use their vote then they can't really sit there and say nothing ever changes. I personally wonder if more people changed their votes to postal, which is so easy, then more may vote overall and we hold a fighting chance of a change.

Posted by jake I Wed 28th May 2014 at 8:49pm


Posted by john Moore I Sat 9th May 2015 at 6:27pm

At 29.6% turnout there can only be one winner. Complacency wins again. When are the public of Barnsley going to wake up and smell the coffee. I can only think that the other 70.4% of the electorate are fully satisfied with the dismal performance of the Labour Parties efforts over the past 80 years that they have been in office.

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