Gedling borough a Labour outpost as Conservatives gain council majority

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Adam Toms
Adam Toms
Adam has a keen interest in local politics and writes a number of articles for Gedling Eye covering local council activities and political issues affecting the borough.

A relatively high amount of Labour candidates were elected to seats in Gedling borough today (May 7) as a swathe of colleagues elsewhere in Nottinghamshire were defeated.

Six out of nine Gedling borough councillors are now Labour.

Alternatively, local Conservatives accumulated a huge 37 seats countywide – 34 needed for control of the county council.

Labour attained only 15, Ashfield Independents 10.

Independents were elected to three wards, the Liberal Democrats to one.

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Arnold led the Labour charge against a huge blue wave.

In Arnold North, Labour Councillors Michael Payne and Pauline Allen were re-elected.

Mr Payne said he was “Delighted to be re-elected alongside my good friend Pauline Allan with a significantly increased majority”.

“Proud to be from Arnold – we will always fight for our community and everyone who lives here “.

In Arnold South, John Clarke and Michelle Welsh regained voters’ support.

In Carlton West, Jim Creamer and Errol Henry will serve another term.

In Newstead, however, Conservative Chris Barnfather expectedly came out on top of his Labour rival Matthew Peter Spurr.

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Another convincing Conservative win came in Calverton – Boyd Bryan Elliott winning with 61.3% of the vote.

The most surprising result came in Carlton East, Mike Adams – Group Leader for Conservative Group of Gedling Borough Councillors – defeating the Labour councillor Nicki Brooks by just 23 votes.

This swing towards Boris Johnson’s party the bellwether for the nation as the Labour Party suffered major blows nationwide.

The Prime Minister has called results so far “very encouraging”, whilst Sir Keir Starmer admitted that his party had “Very often… been talking to ourselves rather than the country”.

Corbynites like Dianne Abbott have been citing the loss of Thursday’s Hartlepool by-election as proof that Labour needs “a change of strategy”.

Mr Starmer said on Friday that “This is not a question of left or right, it’s a question of whether we are facing the country”.

He promised to repair everyday “Injustice and inequality” and stated that he is still “up to the job” of Labour leader.

The Labour leader also did not deny a coming reshuffle of his Shadow Cabinet.

Critics have criticised his front bench’s lack of notoriety as the party seeks more television and social media coverage of their message. 

Yvette Cooper, Chair of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, is favourite to replace Anneliese Dodds as Shadow Chancellor.

Ms Dodds visited Arnold and Netherfield town centres on 29 April, hailing Arnold’s marketplace rejuvenation and the overall importance of local high streets.

With the economy taking centre stage in coming years as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, a clear, focused, and distinctive financial strategy will be crucial if Labour hopes to regain electoral ground.   

Labour had hoped to control Nottinghamshire County Council at the head of a coalition of different parties.

Instead, the Conservatives were given the chance by electors to go it alone and lead a majority council.

This was the case in other East Midlands provincial councils.

Nuneaton and Bedworth saw a Conservative council gain, the loss of Cambridge’s local council the only blotch on a hugely lucrative election.

Usually stalwart Labour support, Nottinghamshire an historic mining centre, has been falling apart in favour of younger more metropolitan demographics.

This week’s results represent the latest episode.


  1. Glad we have these councillors in place now let’s build Arnold and make it a powerhouse. It’s our capital our London. Make it the best place to live in Notts


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