LABOUR’s nightmare election results continued in Worcester as the party lost two of its four county council seats including Gorse Hill and Warndon.
The ‘Voice of St John’s’ Coun Richard Udall and Coun Lynn Denham in Rainbow Hill were the only survivors on an horrific day for the party locally which saw Labour reduced to just three councillors at County Hall, two of whom are from Worcester.
Jubilant Tories followed up success in the City Council elections two years ago in Gorse Hill and Warndon as Coun James Stanley took the seat for the party ahead of Labour’s Ceri Stalker.
And the final act on a depressing day for the party saw Coun Allah Ditta unseat former Mayor of Worcester Pat Agar in Nunnery.
The Conservatives failed to complete a clean sweep though as Coun Mel Allcott justified her decision to go for County Hall with victory for the Liberal Democrats in Claines.
Elsewhere, Tory leader Coun Simon Geraghty held onto his Riverside seat while Coun Alan Amos and Coun Andy Roberts comfortably retained Bedwardine and Warndon Parish for the party.
One of the most nail-biting races in Worcester and across the county came in St Peter’s where Coun Steve Mackay retained the seat for the Conservatives by just 32 votes from Tom Pietrowski of the Green Party.
Green Party chiefs continued their success in the city as Coun Matthew Jenkins sealed a comfortable victory in St Stephen to win a third term.
Click here for the results in full and here to read Observer editor Rob George’s take on a dramatic day.