Election results: Morley Borough Independents hold both seats in town

Councillors Robert Finnigan and Judith Elliott.
Councillors Robert Finnigan and Judith Elliott.

Morley Borough Independents held both seats contested in the town at this year’s local council elections.

Coun Robert Finnigan was re-elected to represent the Morley North ward, winning with a total of 2,891 votes.

Morley Town Hall

Morley Town Hall

And Coun Judith Elliot held her seat in Morley South with 2,188 votes, while Karen Renshaw for Labour was re-elected in the Ardsley and Robin Hood ward.

Coun Finnigan said: “I’m delighted with the result.

“It’s vindication for of the campaigns we have been doing with things like keeping Siegen Manor open, protecting Morley green spaces and looking for affordable homes.

“We have worked hard in both wards and I think that’s recognised in the way people have voted.”

Andrew Scopes (Labour) was runner-up in the Morley North ward after securing 1,245 votes.

Coun Elliot said: “I am very pleased to have won and kept the seat.

“I first won in 2004 and have done a lot for Morley and I really care about the area and the people in it.

“We did an awful lot in this recent campaign and I feel overwhelmed with the result.”

Sarah Keig (Labour) won 1,445 votes to finish second place in the Morley South ward.

The voting turnout was revealed at the count, in Morley Town Hall today, as just over 30 per cent for Morley South and 32 per cent in Morley North.

Candidates, supporters and council officials packed into the town hall for the count this morning after the doors opened at 10am.

The votes for the Ardsley and Robin Hood ward were counted at Civic Hall in Leeds.

Labour councillor Karen Renshaw was re-elected to represent the ward, winning with a total of 2,248 votes.

After all the votes across the city were counted, Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The results in Leeds give a clear indication that the people of the city back the hard work of their local Labour councillors and have re-elected them on that basis.

“I’m also delighted the people of Leeds have elected a Labour Group that for the first time has more female councillors than male.

“Despite continuing Government cuts to the council’s budget and the loss of around 2500 staff, the results give us a basis from which to fight to protect vital public services and promote economic growth to create much needed jobs for the people of Leeds.

“We now have a strong, diverse selection of Labour councillors that represent all ages and many communities from across the city. As a council Administration I know Labour councillors will continue their hard work to do everything they can to ensure the best future possible for all those communities that they represent.”

The full results are:

Morley North

Robert Finnigan (MBI): 2,891 ELECTED

Andrew Scopes (Labour): 1,245

Jason Aldiss (Conservative): 816

Peter Morgan (UKIP): 537

Mickayla Ireland (Green): 122

Peter Andrews (Lib Dems): 108

Total votes: 5,737

Morley South

Judith Elliot (MBI): 2,188 ELECTED

Sarah Keig (Labour): 1,445

David Kent (UKIP): 687

Jane Eastwood (Conservative): 497

Christopher Bell (Green): 145

Aqila Choudhry (Lib Dems): 55

Total votes: 5,017

Ardsley and Robin Hood

Karen Renshaw (Labour): 2248 Labour Party ELECTED

Tim Atkin (Conservative): 1161

Lindon Dove (UK Independence Party): 1096

Lyssie Page (Green Party): 143

Benjamin Lloyd Ward (Liberal Democrats): 225