District election results

The Conservatives won the Ripon Minster ward by just four votes. (S)
The Conservatives won the Ripon Minster ward by just four votes. (S)
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THE Ripon independents have lost two of the three seats they were defending on Harrogate Borough Council to the Conservatives.

The closest result was in Ripon Minster ward where Conservative candidate and Ripon Hornblower George Pickles ousted incumbent Sid Hawke by just four votes after two re-counts.

The Conservatives also gained Ripon Spa where Mike Chambers defeated Coun Peter Horton but independent Coun Charlie Powell retained his Ripon Moorside seat.

The results have helped the Conservatives gain nine seats across the Harrogate borough which has allowed the Tories to take control of the district council with a majority of 14.

The make up of the council is now: Conservatives – 34; Liberal Democrats – 17, others – 3.

The results for the three Ripon seats were as follows:

Minster ward

George Pickles (Conservative) 645

Sid Hawke (Independent) 641

Paul Freeman (Lib Dem) 236

Deborah Welford (Labour) 131

Moorside ward

Charlie Powell (Independent) 889

John Topping (Conservative) 381

Nicolas Murray (Labour) 259

Spa ward

Mike Chambers (Conservative) 843

Peter Horton (Independent) 473

John Stockdale (Lib Dem) 237

Andrew Murday (Labour) 152

Stanley Mackintosh 144