Elections 2023 May 5, 2023

Labour have retained control of Kirklees Council after the local council elections on Thursday May 4 for one-third of the council's seats.

Labour made a net gain of three seats from their position after the 2022 election as three Independent seats were lost. Labour also filled the additional vacant seat in Ashbrow ward.

In Colne Valley, Labour picked up 50% of the vote where an Independent councillor had stepped down. Labour also took over after an Independent retired in Dewsbury East.

Conservatives took a previously Independent seat in Holme Valley North, but Labour took a seat from Conservatives in Denby Dale.

One councillor was elected in each of the 23 Kirklees Council wards except in Ashbrow ward where the vacancy meant the election of two councillors.

Additionally whole council elections took place for the parish councils of the five parished areas of Kirklees — Meltham and Mirfield Town Councils and Denby Dale, Holme Valley and Kirkburton Parish Councils.

A total of 100,055 votes were cast in the Kirklees Council election, representing a turnout of 31.62%.

At the 2022 election, Kirklees returned from a council with No Overall Control to being Labour controlled. Just before the 2023 election Kirklees Council was made up of 28 Labour + 7 Labour and Co-operative, 18 Conservative, 8 Liberal Democrat, 3 Green Party, 3 Independent Group and 1 Independent councillors plus 1 vacancy.

The state of the parties on the council after this election is now 39 Labour (including Labour and Co-operative), 18 Conservative, 8 Liberal Democrat, 3 Green Party and 1 Independent.

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