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What a Night! - May 2019 District Council Elections

May 3, 2019 4:09 PM
By Peter Dobbs

Thursday's elections saw sweeping gains for Derbyshire Dales Liberal Democrats as they almost tripled their number of seats on the District Council, taking over as the official opposition from the Labour Party. The Conservative controlling group now have an overall majority of just one seat.

Full results are on the Derbyshire Dales District Council website.

Particularly impressive was the clean sweep of all six council seats in Matlock, three in All Saints and three in St Giles. The newly elected councillors are from left to right: Steve Flitter, Paul Cruise, David Hughes, Sue Burfoot, Steve Wain and Martin Burfoot.

Matlock winning candidates May 2019 (Peter Dobbs)

Matlock's newly elected councillors

Another significant success was the win in Litton and Longstone where Clare Gamble became possibly the first ever Liberal Democrat Councillor for this ward.

Clare at Mic (Peter Dobbs)

Clare making her acceptance speech

Clare at the Count (Peter Dobbs)

Clare Gamble

Also remarkable for its breakthrough into a Tory stronghold was the council seat gained in Ashbourne South where Rob Archer beat the sitting Conservative Councillor Dermot Murphy into third place. Some energetic campaigning by Rob and his fellow Lib Dem candidate Robin Shirtcliffe saw Rob secure the seat by just 22 votes. Exciting times!

Rob & Robin at the count (Peter Dobbs)

Robin Shirtcliffe and Rob Archer at the count

Rob Archer after his speech (Peter Dobbs)

Rob Archer after his acceptance speech