Northumberland elections: Labour gains the most seats, but not enough for a majority

Bernard Pidcock with his daughter Laura, right, and her boyfriend Terry Johnstone, left.
Bernard Pidcock with his daughter Laura, right, and her boyfriend Terry Johnstone, left.
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Labour secured the most seats at Thursday’s Northumberland County Council election, but failed to gain an overall majority.

It was the first election to be held in Northumberland since before the council became a unitary authority in 2009.

Labour won the most seats, with 32, followed by Conservatives with 21, Liberal Democrats, with 11, and three independents.

As there is no overall majority, it remains to be seen how the next administration will be made up.

Northumberland County Council leader, LibDem Jeff Reid held on to his Plessey seat despite recent controversial comments.

Labour’s Laura Pidcock, 25, became the youngest county councillor after winning the seat for Cramlington Eastfield.

Laura, an education worker, follows in the footsteps of her father, veteran councillor Bernard Pidcock, who won the Holywell seat.

And to complete the triple celebration Laura’s boyfriend Terry Johnstone, 29, was elected county councillor for Bedlington West.

Laura said: “I’ve been brought up in a political household and I really believe that working class people should have their own voice.

She added: “I’d like to be seen as a politician in my own right.”

Conservative Barry Flux was “delighted” to be elected for Cramlington West, previously a Labour seat.

Barry, 30, who lives in Beacon Hill, said: “There can’t have been very many Conservative gains from Labour across the country”

He wants to concentrated on local issues instead of “silly debates” about national politics.

For full election coverage, see next week’s News Post Leader.