Labour have taken overall control of Derbyshire County Council from the Conservatives after gaining 20 seats during this year’s elections.
The party went from having 23 councillors on the authority before the elections to 43, while the Tories plummeted from 31 to 18 and the Liberal Democrats from seven to three.
In Amber Valley, the Conservatives lost Greater Heanor as Labour candidate Paul Jones polled 1383 votes to Tory incumbent Kevin Parkinson’s 877.
Ripley East and Codnor was taken by Steve Freeborn (Labour) with 1523 votes
Ripley West and Heage saw David Alan Williams (Labour) take control with 1618 votes against David Wilson’s (Conservative) 1195 votes,
South Normanton and Pinxton was also won by Labour’s Jim Coyle who amassed 1300 votes.
Paul Jones (Labour), who polled 1383 votes in Greater Heanor, said: “It’s a coup in a lot of senses. To replace a senior member of the Tory administration is an indictment of this Government’s policies.
“It’s a message to the Government and its austerity measures. I hope our MP Nigel Mills will listen to the message that people are sending. I want to make him recognise the impact that austerity has on the community that I represent. The Government needs ot wake up to the impact of reforms they have put in place.”
David Williams (Labour), who polled 1618 votes in Ripley West and Heage, said: “I am naturally pleased that our hard work has paid off. My only regret is we didn’t canvas the whole ward because of lack of time and resources. I intend to meet people I haven’t met during the campaign and help them with their issues and do my very best to serve the people of Ripley West and Ambergate.”
Steve Marshall Clarke (Labour) said: “I am so relieved - we put a lot of hard work in this election and it’s paid off. I want to thank the communities of Alfreton, Somercotes, Riddings and Swanwick for supporting us. We will be working hard for them as community councillors and working as a team.”
Steve Freeborn (Labour) said: “I am absolutely delighted with the result. I think this describes how upset and disillusioned with the Government people are. They are giving tax breaks to multi-millionaires whilst attacking the pensions of ordinary people. The effects of cuts across services is getting desperate.
“UKIP have taken some Labour votes but it’s had a profound impact on the Tories.”
“UKIP has taken some votes from Labour but they have had a profound effect on the Conservatives.”
Meanwhile in the Duffield & Belper South division, Conservative leader of Amber Valley Borough Council - and county councillor - Stuart Bradford held his seat with 1,340 votes, compared to Ben Bellamy’s 831.
Mr Bradford, who was away and unable to attend the count, said: “It is the usual story. As usual I am afraid the Government of the day is unpopular and people take it out on their local councillors. It always happens.
“It’s not fair. A lot of local councillors put a tremendous amount of hard work but they seem to get burnt at the stake.
“That applies equally to any government. People really ought to focus on what happens in their locality rather than what happens nationally, But they have never voted on that pattern in the past.
“It happened in 2009 and it happened to Labour councillors.
“If people don’t think what the Conservatives have delivered over the past four years has been any good then fair enough, But a lot of it is a protest vote, People don’t take notice of what you try and do locally.
“UKIP have taken over the mantle of the Monster Raving Loonie Party.”
Juliette Stevens, (UKIP) polled 1,010 votes in ALfreton and Somercotes, said: “I think UKIP have done marvellously well when you compare it to four years ago. There is enormous support. It just goes to show the strength of feeling.
“Upwards and onwards. It is a strong basis for the future.”
Cliff Roper (BNP), who polled 336 votes in Greater Heanor, said; “Pretty much as we expected. UKIP have taken a lot of our votes. We weren;t really predicting a good result. It’s been a poor turnout.
Ken Cooper (BNP), who polled said: “The Loony left BBC has shoved Farage in our faces and their loony left paymasters have taken votes off the Tories. We have never gotten a chance. Question Time was a set-up with Marxist paymasters who poison peoples’ minds. We are not a racist party we are patriotic Christians.”
Roland Emmas-Williams (Lab) won Ripley Parish North Ward to join Ripley Town Council after Conservative David Bowley stepped down earlier this year.
He said: “I look forward to representing the electorate of the north ward and sorting out issues that people want to bring forward to me.”
Mr Emmas-Williams served as a Ripley town councillor for 12 years, including a year as mayor, and a borough councillor before moving to Durham in 1999. He moved back to Ripley last year.
Speaking as leader of Ripley Town Council Steve Freeborn said: “I am delighted that Roland has won the byelection. It would suggest to me that people have understood the reasons why the town council has been fighting the borough council.”
RESULTS IN FULL
Alfreton and Somercotes
Ron Ashton (Conservative) - 1324
Joel Ross Hunt (Liberal Democrat) - 269
Peter Jelf (Liberal Democrat) - 125
Steve Marshall-Clarke (Labour) - 2860
Garry Smith (UKIP) - 1369
Paul James Smith (Labour) - 3263
George Soudah (Independent) - 415
Juliette Nicola Stevens (UKIP) - 1010
Lynne Watson (Conservative) - 1270
TWO LAB GAINS
Keith Charles Falconbridge (Liberal Democrat) - 97
Paul Jones (Labour) - 1383
Kevin Lee Parkinson (Conservative) -877
Cliff Roper (BNP) - 336
Kenneth John Clifford (UKIP) - 701
Celia Mary Cox (Labour) - 1454
Adrian Barry Hickman (BNP) - 171
Alex Stevenson (Conservative) - 780
John Phillip Banks (Labour) - 1038
Kevin Buttery (Conservative) - 1463
Wayne Porter (UKIP) - 864
Kate Smith (Liberal Democrat) - 145
Ripley East and Codnor
Alan Edwards (BNP) - 89
Ann Fox (UKIP) - 799
Steve Freeborn (Labour) - 1523
Stuart Joynes (Conservative) - 967
Margaret Tomkins (Liberal Democrat) - 79
Ripley West and Heage
Ken Cooper (BNP) - 63
Paul Robin Gibbons (Liberal Democrat) - 83
Philip Sanders Rose (UKIP) -970
David Alan Williams (Labour) - 1618
David Wilson (Conservative) - 1195
Tony Youens (Green Party) - 145
South Normanton and Pinxton
Ray Calladine (UKIP) - 651
Jim Coyle (Labour) - 1300
Cherry Anne Drake-Brockman (Independent) - 83
Brian Christopher Loader (Trade Unionists and SocialistS Against Cuts) - 27
Robert James Sainsbury (Conservative) - 348