Local Elections: We’ll lose seats to Labour, admits Lib Dem Sheffield Council leader Scriven

Paul Scriven
Paul Scriven

PAUL Scriven, the Liberal Democrat leader of Sheffield City Council, has admitted he expects to lose seats to Labour.

It is understood his party could lose between six to 12 seats.

In 2010 the Lib Dems lost control of Sheffield - the city which includes leader Nick Clegg’s constituency, leaving it with no overall control.

Labour already controls the remaining three other South Yorkshire councils where there is expected to be no change.

Coun Scriven said: “It’s clear we’ll lose seats. Labour has fought a negative campaign on national issues.”

Across the county, vote counting is now under way.

A third of seats are up for election in the metropolitan authorities of Barnsley, Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham.

There is also a UK-wide referendum on whether to adopt the alternative vote (AV) for Westminster elections.