Local elections 2021: half of Worksop goes blue in a devastating day for Labor
The Tories retained or won six of the nine Bassetlaw seats up for grabs in the election – including Labor strongholds Worksop North and Worksop South.
This means half of the city turned blue after Basstlaw District Councilor Kevin Greaves and Labor Group leader Alan Rhodes lost their seats.
Mr Rhodes tweeted: ‘My friends just a quick note that unfortunately I lost my Worksop North seat at Nottinghamshire County Council today.
“Thank you to friends, colleagues and officers of the Council for these very pleasant 17 years.”
Mike Quigley, who retained his seat in Retford West for the Tories, had damning words for Labor.
He said: “I am proud to represent the people of Retford West as I have done over the past few years and to help as many people as possible.
‘It is encouraging that people saw through Labor fear tactics that Bassetlaw Hospital was in danger, which is absolutely not true, and that the Labor leader losing his seat was another added benefit .
“Worksop South has been a Conservative seat for many years, so we’re delighted to have it back in the fold.”
Sheila Place, who retained her seat in Blyth and Harworth for Labor, says she believes Brexit is to blame for Labor’s devastating losses at Bassetlaw today.
“People knew our stance on staying in the EU,” she said, “and I think a lot of that is reflected in the results.
“The Conservatives promised to kick us out and they are doing it. Soon we could become the minority party.
“It’s unheard of and things are going to get very volatile. But I will continue to serve residents as I always have. I have been doing so for 24 years now.
“I want and love to help people and that’s what keeps me going.”
Glynn Gilfoyle, who has retained her seat at Worksop East, said: “I am very proud to represent Worksop East and I want to thank everyone for their continued support.
“I will continue to work as I do for the electorate.”
Councilor Gilfoyle said his priorities will be to tackle issues related to road repairs, crime in the region, especially drug use, and escalating costs that threaten the quality of social services and child care for residents.
The Tories won enough seats to form the majority party in Nottinghamshire County Council.
The party won more than the 34 seats needed to win the vote and become the majority party in County Hall.
EAST WORKSHOP – LABOR
Independent: Sonia Armstrong – 140 votes
Liberal Democrats: Leon Duveen – 93 votes
Conservative: Matthew Evans – 887 votes
Work: Glynn Gilfoyle – 1,394 votes
REFORD WEST – CONSERVATIVE HOLD
Work: James Napier – 1255 votes
Curator: Mike Quigley – 1,500 votes
Liberal Democrats: Helen Tamblyn-Saville – 456 votes
Reform UK: Jon Wade – 92 voices
BLYTH AND HARWORTH – WORKFORCE
Liberal Democrats: Dan Bassford – 53 votes
Work: Sheila Place – 1333 votes
Independent: Drew Smith – 349 votes
Curator: Ben Storey – 1094 votes
TUXFORD – CONSERVATIVE HOLD
Liberal Democrats: James Nixon – 194 votes
Curator: John Ogle – 2,335 votes
Work: Lynne Schuller – 667 votes
Green Party: Lee Sinclair – 312 votes
WORKSOP SOUTH – CONSERVATIVE GAIN
Work: Kevin Greaves – 1,438 votes
Independent: Roger Stocks – 261 votes
Curator: Nigel Turner 1708 votes
WORKSOP WEST – WORKFORCE
Work: Sybil Fielding – 1608 voices
Liberal Democrats: Philip Smith – 143 votes
Curator: Lloyd Widdup – 1370 votes
MISTERTON – CONSERVATIVE HOLD
Work: Jack Bowker – 878 votes
Liberal Democrats: Paul Dobbie – 278 votes
Curator: Tracey Taylor – 2,835 votes
RETFORD WEST – CONSERVATIVE HOLD
Liberal Democrats: Jennifer Coggles – 117 votes
Reform UK: Martin Introna – 114 votes
Curator: Mike Introna – 1624
Job: Helen Richards – 1412
WORKSOP NORTH – CONSERVATIVE GAIN
Curator: Callum Bailey – 1,711 votes
Work: Alan Rhodes – 1557 votes
Liberal Democrats: Simon Russell – 80 votes
Reform UK: Paul Scopeletti – 90 voices