Wakefield Metropolitan District Council election, 2006

2006 local election results in Wakefield

The 2006 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council in West Yorkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party kept overall control of the council.[1]
After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 41
Conservative 14
Independent 5
Liberal Democrat 3[2]

Contents

1 Campaign
2 Election result
3 Ward results
4 References

Campaign[edit]
Before the election Labour had 44 seats, the Conservatives 10, independents 6 and the Liberal Democrats 3 seats.[3] 75 candidates stood in the election for the 21 seats that were being contested,[3] with Labour very unlikely to lose control of the council, which was the only council in West Yorkshire they still had a majority on.[4]
Election result[edit]
The results saw the Conservatives gain 4 seats, 3 from Labour and 1 from an independent.[5][6] Labour were defeated in Horbury and South Ossett, Pontefract South and Wrenthorpe and Outwood West wards,[5] with the losses blamed by the Labour leader on national issues.[7] The other Conservative gain came in Wakefield South where they defeated independent councillor Norman Hazell by 17 votes.[5][8] Hazell was a former Conservative member who had left the party in 2001 to sit as an independent councillor.[5] However the other independent member managed to hold his seat in Featherstone despite a strong challenge from Labour.[5]

Wakefield Local Election Result 2006[2][9][10]

Party
Seats
Gains
Losses
Net gain/loss
Seats %
Votes %
Votes
+/−

 
Labour
13
0
3
-3
61.9
41.7
32,765
-4.0%

 
Conservative
6
4
0
+4
28.6
29.1
22,832
-0.7%

 
Liberal Democrat
1
0
0
0
4.8
9.4
7,375
+1.1%

 
Independent
1
0
1
-1
4.8
7.6
5,962
-2.3%

 
BNP
0
0
0
0
0
10.7
8,426
+6.7%

 
Green
0
0
0
0
0
1.1
861
+0.6%

 
Socialist Alternative
0
0
0
0
0
0.3
231
-0.3%

 
UKIP
0
0
0
0
0
0.2
128
-0.9%

Ward results[edit]

Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton[9][10]

Party
Candidate
Votes
%
±

Labour
Sarah Balfour
1,707
41.6

Conservative
Andrew Crowther
1,285
31.3

Independent
John Evans
566
13.8

Liberal Democrat
Oliver Wadsworth
543
13.2

Majority
422
10.3

Turnout
4,101

Labour hold
Swing

Airedale and Ferry Fryston[9][10]

Party
Candidate
Votes
%
±

Labour
Linda Broom
1,655
58.0

BNP
Stephen Rogerson
709
24.9

Conservative
Eamonn M