Our hard-working team in Wakefield haves shown just why they’ve become a force to be reckoned with in regional politics after coming close to scoring major upsets in the Labour heartland
Three of the area’s four MPs are from Labour and it dominates the district council.
But Yorkshire Party Deputy Leader Laura Walker led the charge, almost unseating Labour in Altofts and Whitwood Ward, taking a 32.5% share with 1,089 votes, just over 200 behind.
Steve Crookes came even closer to victory in Pontefract North with a 39.2% share and 1,148 votes, just 66 votes short of the Labour winner.
In Castleford Central and Glasshoughton, Paul Phelps took a creditable 22.4% share with 689 votes, in third place.
Executive Committee members Martin Roberts was second to Labour in Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton Ward, with 670 votes, a 19% share. But did win a seat on Ackworth Parish Council.
In Wakefield North Yorkshire Party Chairman Arnie Craven achieved 10.1% share with 302 votes, in fourth place; in Wakefield South, Dan Cochran 8.5% on 320 votes, in fourth place; in Wrenthorpe and Outwood West, Brent Hawksley got 274 votes, a 7.6% share in fourth place, just ahead of the Lib Dems; while in Wakefield East, Stuart Rick notched up a 6.4% share with 194 votes.
“We’ve done something amazing in Wakefield”, said Laura. “We’ve come second in three of the eight wards we contested,
We’ve beaten national parties with dozens of activists with our positive message of a stronger Yorkshire, and most importantly we’ve turned rock solid Labour seats into knife-edge marginals. It’s a real game changer for Wakefield politics where the Yorkshire Party is now the real party of opposition, especially in the Five Towns.”
And Branch Development Officer Martin said of his parish council success:. “It’s a great base to start really working for the community and showing the difference Yorkshire Party councillors can make. Voters in Ackworth really put their faith in me and I won’t let them down.”
Work isn’t stopping for the Wakefield team, and Laura is clear that they are building on this progress with strategies to take target seats in 2020. “There’s obviously an appetite for change in Wakefield. We’ve already caused a huge upset for the Labour establishment in the city. People who voted for the Yorkshire Party in Wakefield can rest assured that their votes mattered in these elections, and they will matter again when they vote Yorkshire Party in 2020.”