Counting continues to elect local councillors

The traditional parties were represented in the Wakefield elections, with results set to be announced.

It’s too close to call the final results of the Wakefield District Council elections, which were held yesterday.

Once results are confirmed, we will profile the issues our local government representatives from Horbury and South Ossett (HSO), as well as Ossett Wards will be rallying for.

The Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Greens put up candidates vowing to break the Labour stronghold, as Labour traditionally dominate the Wakefield Council with 63 seats.

Tony Homewood in Ossett and Jonathon Allum in HSO supported Conservative MP’s Imran Kahn’s conservative line. Their party has attacked records on supporting local housing developments, infrastructure and skills development.

The Labour vote was represented by current councillors Darren Byford and Lynn Masterman. They campaigned very hard, reminding voters of all the community’s wins in their respective electorates since they took office.

HSO Liberal Democrats Mark Goodair’s campaign was offset when he scorned Wakefield in a debate on The Big Yorkshire Phone In on BBC Leeds. Malcolm Pollack was his Ossett party comrade towing the national line of “being forward-looking, modern, green, internationalist and pro-European”.

Richard Norris and Stephen Scott represent the Greens, aiming to break the two party hold of local politics. They campaigned to provide a “district for the future”, declaring there’s a climate emergency and to boost equality. Given the diversity in polling topics, the result is sure going to be interesting.

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