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4 May 2018. Local election vote count for Leeds at First Direct Arena. Newly elected Harewood Councillors, from the left, Ryan Stephenson, Matthew Robinson and Sam Firth.
4 May 2018. Local election vote count for Leeds at First Direct Arena. Newly elected Harewood Councillors, from the left, Ryan Stephenson, Matthew Robinson and Sam Firth.

Wetherby’s newly elected ward councillors have said they have difficult issues to face in education and planning.

In a joint statement, Conservative councillors Gerald Wilkinson, Norma Harrington and Alan Lamb said it had been a long and tough campaign.

“The hard work starts now and we recognise the big issues that are coming our way, such as getting the schools issues properly sorted and protecting our villages and greenbelt from over-development,” they stated.

“These decision will have impacts for years to come, so it is essential we get them right from the outset.”

They also paid tribute to outgoing Conservative colleague John Procter, who was deselected by the Conservative party last year.

“John has made a significant contribution to our community as Councillor over a number of years. We would like to wish him well for the future.”

Local elections in Leeds saw 33 wards contested and three councillors elected per ward.

Labour now holds 61 seats (up from 58) of the total 99 in the city. The Tories have 22 (up from 19), Liberal Democrats 6 (down from 9), Green Party 2 (down from 3), Morley Borough Independents 5 and the Garforth and Swillington Indpendents 3 (up from 2).

Harewood Ward - Dan Cook (Lib Dem) 852, David Thomas Corry (Green) 918, Adrian Robert Stewart Duthie (Lab) 1126, Samuel James Firth (Con) 4039, Zahid Noor (Lab) 757, Matthew James Robinson (Con) 4461, Kathryn Stainburn (Lab) 912, Ryan Stephenson (Con) 4003.

Wetherby Ward - Jan Egan (Lab) 1069, Norma Agnes Harrington (Con) 4160, David Kenneth Hopps (Lib Dem) 1189, Alan James Lamb (Con) 4126, John Lynch (Lab) 1308, Martin Pearce (Green) 704, Paul David Ratcliffe (Lab) 875, Gerald Wilkinson (Con) 4067.