The results are now in for the Craven District Elections held on May 3, 2018. The full details can be found on the council website at Craven Election Results May 2018
None of the seats contested this time was previously held by Labour and whilst we did not gain any seats, overall we can be pleased with our performance.
Joe Lord did particularly well in Settle and Ribblebanks where he cut a 400 Conservative majority in 2014 to just 64 this time.
Howard Matthew also did well in Bentham turning a 464 Conservative majority in 2014 to 128 this time.
Our vote went up in Gargrave and Malhamdale, in Glusburn, in Ingleton and Clapham and our share of the vote was up in Sutton-in Craven, off setting slight falls in Penyghent and Hellifield. The Aire Valley result, where we did not do as well as we hoped, was complicated by the fact that the Greens who took the other seat in the ward in a by election last year did not stand in 2014.
Following the election Labour remains the principal opposition to the Tories in Craven and we will be holding the Conservative administration to account at a time when local services continue to face the impact of cuts imposed by central government.