Labour was the main winner at the Sheffield local elections as they gained two more seats on the city council.
Labour equalled its record by winning 21 seats, despite Ukip swiping the Stocksbridge and Upper Don ward.
Labour’s new ground was gained by Julie Gledhill in the Beauchief and Greenhill ward - where she took the seat from Simon Clement-Jones of the Lib Dems - and by Lewis Dagnall in the Central ward. The Greens put up a tough fight in Central, where Anne Barr narrowly missed out on Green Party parliamentary candidate Jillian Creasey’s former seat by just 44 votes.
The Liberal Democrats have kept five seats, while the Green Party and Ukip both have one each.
Sheffield Labour leader Julie Dore said the result was a clear sign that city residents still trust Labour to stand up for them.
She said: “I’m really pleased that Sheffield resoundingly voted Labour. We have equalled our record by winning 21 seats out of 28 and we have increased our majority which is a sign of confidence within the electorate of Sheffield that Labour is right for this city.
“It’s a clear message that they’re saying David Cameron and George Osborne’s policies aren’t working for the north of England. They’re not working for Sheffield people and Sheffield people are making that clear both through the parliamentary and local elections.”
Coun Dore said the Labour council would continue its mission to protect the most vulnerable from budget cuts and to get more power through devolution from central government.
She said: “In 2011 we did say that the Tory-led coalition would impose severe public service cuts in Sheffield. It was local government that was hit the hardest and that impacted on public services.
“I still think there are more severe cuts to come and we don’t know where they’re going to be.
“We want to give Sheffield people hope that whilst we are protecting the most vulnerable, we are really ambitious for the city and want to do great things in the city.
“We will continue to stand up for Sheffield.”
Deputy leader of the council Leigh Bramall held his seat in the Southey ward.
Coun Bramall, who was also cabinet member for business, skills and development before the election, said: “It’s been fantastic. We have made some key gains like Beauchief and Greenhill and Central.
“We have even been close in places like Ecclesall, which is traditionally a Liberal Democrat stronghold.
“People recognise we are doing a good job under difficult circumstances. We want to thank people for putting their trust and faith in us.”
Ukip was also celebrating as Keith Davis was elected in the Stocksbridge and Upper Don ward, beating Labour’s Philip Wood.
Coun Davis said he didn’t expect to win the seat and added: “I put a lot of hard work into this campaign. I have spoken to a lot of people and knocked on a lot of doors.
“My main focus, as I’ve said throughout my campaign, is parity for Stocksbridge and Upper Don.”
Many people at the count – from various political parties – expressed their sympathies to former Coun Wood, who had recently lost his wife. Her funeral was held on Thursday.
There were big cheers at the EIS in Sheffield as former leader of the Liberal Democrats Shaffaq Mohammed was re-elected as a councillor, this time in the Ecclesall ward. He had lost the seat last year when he was beat by Labour in the Crookes ward.
Mr Mohammed said: “It feels like I have hardly been away. I’m glad to be back and thankful to the people of Ecclesall in particular for putting their trust in me.
“It was an 80 per cent turnout and quite a hotly contested seat.”
Leader of the Sheffield Liberal Democrats, Coun Colin Ross, said he was pleased the party had retained five seats but was disappointed that Simon Clement-Jones missed out in Beauchief and Greenhill.
He said: “What we have to do is build on this performance for the all-out elections next year.
“I believe that now we are no longer in national government and Labour have had a disappointing night it’s all to play for in 2016.”
Coun Ross said despite the Liberal Democrats’ nosedive in popularity nationally, members were proud of the hard work they had done locally to keep Nick Clegg as an MP.
He said: “Nick will stay as the constituency MP and he will have more time to work locally in Sheffield Hallam. He loves the area and has repeatedly said that one of his greatest honours in his career is to be able to represent this part of Sheffield.
“History will judge us far better than the present.
“We can be proud of what we have done and how we have turned the economy around in the last five years. We have done it in a fair way and helped the less fortunate in society.”
The Green Party gained another seat in Broomhill from Labour, with Aodan Marken winning the most votes.