"There will be big changes": reaction in Sheffield as Labour lose council majority for the first time in 10 years
Sheffield Labour have lost control of Sheffield City Council for the first time in a decade after losing eight seats across the city, and here’s what people have to say.
Sheffielders have reacted to the news that Labour will no longer have majority control of the council, with the Green Party, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats all making gains.
In the most recent results Broomhill and Sharrow Vale Ward has turned Green, following the Hillsborough seat also swinging to the party from Labour and council leader Bob Johnson.
Labour won the council in 2011, after the Liberal Democrats lost overall control, and these results now mean the council now has now overall control.
Paul Powlesland believes this may be an ‘important lesson’ for the party.
He said: “Just heard tell that Labour have lost control of Sheffield City Council.
"If confirmed, this is big news and an important lesson for local authorities who might be tempted to bully their own voters and citizens using expensive lawyers and injunctions.”
Sheffielder and former Labour voter Deborah Beck said: “I don't recall a single leaflet from Labour- however the green candidate regularly sent a range of information.
"Just because you are Labour and a man doesn't mean you win without making an effort. And I say this as a keen cyclist and someone who has voted Labour in the past.”
‘Auntie Syzygy’ argued on Twitter that it was ‘worse than the Hartlepool result’, where a by-election swung to the Conservative party from Labour.
She said: “Labour lose control of Sheffield. That's worse than the Hartlepool result, surely. To ditch the Tories, England needs a new party, probably a new kind of party, and I'm not sure it will be Labour.”
Helen added: “Well it looks like there will be big changes in Sheffield whatever happens in the referendum... Labour has lost control of the council... and there are now several Green councillors.”