DERBYSHIRE ELECTIONS LIVE 2021: Victory for Conservatives as party remains in power of county council

Keep up to date with results and reaction throughout the day as votes are counted for the 2021 Derbyshire council elections and for the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 3:20 pm

Counting started at 10am, after residents in Derbyshire went to the polls yesterday and, with all the results now in, it has been revealed that the Conservative Party will remain in control of Derbyshire County Council, with 45 seats.

A final declaration on the results of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections is expected later today.

It comes after a number of high profile politicians visited the county during the run up to the election, with the Prime Minister visiting a farm in Stoney Middleton two weeks ago.

Counting for the Derbyshire County Council elections will start from 10am with results expected throughout the day. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

Keep up to date with the results as they come in by following our live blog below.

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Derbyshire County Council and PCC elections 2021: Victory for Tories in county elections

Last updated: Friday, 07 May, 2021, 19:22

  • Results for Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections still to be revealed
  • Conservative Party remains in control of Derbyshire County Council with 45 seats
  • Derbyshire went to the polls yesterday, with results from the county council and PCC elections expected throughout today
  • Full council results expected from 4pm

Conservatives romp to victory in Derbyshire County Council elections

The votes gave a resounding victory to the Tories in Derbyshire

High Peak MP ‘very pleased’ with results of Derbyshire County Council elections

Speaking of the victory by the Conservatives in today’s local elections, Robert Largan, MP for High Peak said: “I am very pleased to report that Derbyshire has voted Conservative, with a huge increase in the Conservative majority on the Council, with a net gain of nine seats.

“Labour’s Group Leader even lost his own seat.

“I’m also absolutely delighted that Jean Wharmby for Glossop and Charlesworth was re-elected, defending her previous tiny majority of just 11 votes. I was also over the moon that Cllr Linda Grooby for Buxton was re-elected, increasing her majority from just 27 votes to over 200!

“We also saw a huge swing to the Conservatives in Gamesley, Hadfield & Tintwistle, previously a rock solid safe Labour seat, but just missed out on what would have been a huge shock upset.

“It was a very bad night for the smaller parties with long-standing Liberal Democrat councillor for New Mills & Hayfield, Beth Atkins, losing her seat to Labour after an unexpectedly strong performance from Conservative candidate, Tony Ashton. I was also pleased to see a 4% swing to the Conservatives in the Labour seat of Whaley Bridge.

“Congratulations are also in order for Councillor Tony Kemp for being re-elected in Buxton West and to Cllr Nigel Gourlay for being elected with a huge majority of over 1,000 votes in Chapel, Dove Holes & Hope Valley.

“It was also really good to see turnout up significantly across the borough. We are still waiting for the results of the Police & Crime Commissioner election.

“Thank you so much to everyone who voted and thank you to all the council staff, volunteers and Police who worked hard to make this election possible in tricky circumstances.

“I’m so pleased that we have a strong team of Conservative Councillors in place and that we can continue to work together to deliver more investment, jobs and services to the people of High Peak.

“Let’s keep working together to make the High Peak even better!”

What the new makeup of Derbyshire County Council looks like

‘Devastating day for Labour’ as Conservatives take majority in county council elections

Staveley results are in

Labour have retained their seat in Staveley through Anne Hayes with 832 votes.

One seat left to go

With just Staveley left to call, here’s the results as of 2:26pm:

Conservative - 45

Labour - 13

Liberal Democrats - 4

Green - 1

Other - 0

Update as just three seats left to call

The results for Staveley, Swadlincote Central, and Swadlincote South are the last to be revealed.

Derbyshire’s Local Democracy Reporter, Eddie Bisknell, said: “The Conservatives have already secured an historic second consecutive term on the council and with a sizeable increase in their majority.”

Current position is:

Conservatives - 43

Labour - 13

Liberal Democrats - 4

Green Party - 1

Conservatives move to 12 gains following success in Alfreton and Somercotes

Alfreton & Somercotes:

Elliott - GRE - 599

Kift - LD - 182

Marshall-Clarke - LAB - 2,136

Rose - CON - 3,185

Slater - LD - 219

Smith - LAB - 2,237

Swarvett - GRE - 301

Wilson - CON - 2,791

CON GAIN X2

Labour hold in Spire division

Derbyshire County Council chairman retains spot on council

Horsley:

Ainsworth - CON - 2,637

Jones - LAB - 966

McGuinness - GRE - 453

Quinton - LD - 135 CON

HOLD

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