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Labour wins Sheffield

Labour wins over Liberal Democrats and Conservative and gains control of the Sheffield City Council according to the recent result of the election.

The party gained nine seats and now has 49 seats in the 84-seat council chamber.  Compared to 2010 election, when Labour has 39 seats and the Lib Dem has 42, the shift seems to be not very dramatic.

Paul Blomfield, who is a Sheffield Central MP, described Labour’s victory as a landslide.

It is believed that the party’s victory has much influence on the policy-making of the next term in the city. The blames to Lib Dem’s lose comes to the party’s leader, Nick Clegg, who is also the Sheffield Hallam MP.

Labour pointed to Clegg’s U-turn on tuition fees and support for the government’s austerity measures as the reason for his dramatic reversal of fortunes.

AV loses

The preliminary date shows that more than 9.8 million voters choose to keep the current FPTP. The number has been over 50 per cent of total counts though the counting is being processed.

It is another heavy loss for the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg after his party has lost Sheffield city.

Lib Dem minister Chris Huhne told BBC News: “The rejection has been overwhelming and we accept that.” Labour’s Lord Reid, who backed the No campaign, said the decisive result “should put electoral reform off the agenda”.

*Also see Labour seizes control of Sheffield City Council by JUS NEWS.

*Map shows election result by students from the University of Sheffield.

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