Leader's defeat sums up another bad day for Labour

Nottinghamshire Labour group leader Alan Rhodes lost his seat in one of the shock results of the Nottinghamshire County Council elections.

By John Smith
Friday, 7th May 2021, 4:09 pm

Conservative Callum Bailey took the Worksop North seat with 1,711 votes to oust Mr Rhodes who, prior to the 2017 elections, had served a four-year term as the council leader.

Following his defeat, Mr Rhodes tweeted: “Friends, just a short word to say that unfortunately I lost my Worksop North seat on Nottinghamshire County Council today.

“Thank you to friends, colleagues and officers of the council for a very enjoyable 17 years.”

Labour group leader Alan Rhodes has lost his Worksop North seat to the Conservatives in a dark day for Labour in Bassetlaw.

Mr Rhodes’ defeat was one of eight seats Labour lost as the Conservatives claimed six to take overall control of the county.

Another Labour stalwart, Kevin Greaves, was another casualty as he lost his Worksop South seat to Conservative newcomer Nigel Turner.

Labour’s only bright spot came in Stapleford & Broxtowe Central where Maggie McGrath took one of the two seats from the Conservatives.