Labour retains control of Bolsover District Council

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LABOUR’S grip on Bolsover District Council remains firmly intact after the party won 31 out of 37 seats at Thursday’s election.

They won all six seats available in Bolsover, all four in South Normanton, the two up for grabs in Pleasley, Pinxton and Scarcliffe, and four of the five in play at Shirebrook.

Independent Alan Waring won the Shirebrook South West ward, and there were also Independent victories in both Tibshelf wards and one of the wards at Elmton and Creswell.

The other two seats won by non-Labour candidates were triumphs for the Green Party and Whitwell Residents’ Association in Whitwell.

In Shirebrook North West, Coun Steve Fritchley regained the seat he lost to People Not Profit candidate Ray Holmes in 2007, who was this year standing as a candidate for the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts.

Despite putting up candidates in all the Shirebrook wards and at Scarcliffe and South Normanton, the British National Party failed to make any headway.