Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

LABOUR STAY IN CONTROL IN BOLTON Charlotte Dobson

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

LABOUR STAY IN CONTROL IN BOLTON Charlotte Dobson

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FAMILIAR faces made a come-back at the local elections in Bolton - but the political make-up of the council remains largely the same.

Labour took 14 seats, after losing one and gaining one from the Conservatives and losing another to Ukip.

In a straight swap with Labour, the Conservatives gained and lost a seat to the opposition, meaning they still have six councillors. The Lib Dems' Carole Swarbrick held on to her seat in Smithills with a comfortable majority.

Ukip claimed their only seat of the night in Little Lever, pipping Labour to the post with just 39 votes.

The most notable gain was made by Coun Sean Hornby, who having fallen out with the Labour party in 2011 make a successful return to local politics under Ukip's wing - ousting Labour's Anthony Connell.

Mr Hornby, who is now one of two Ukip councillors in his ward, said he won his seat by campaigning on "local not national" issues.

He said: "I am very relieved with this result. We have done a lot of campaigning based on local issues. …

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