The Labour Party has made significant gains in the North Yorkshire County Council elections, as UKIP won a spot at county hall.
Of the 14 seats being contested across the borough, the group bagged four, as the Independent group took a battering at the polls.
The ruling Conservative party managed to stave off fierce competition from UKIP in several of the districts, retaining all eight of their seats as they topped the popular vote.
Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill has said that he’s “very pleased” with the performance of his Conservative Party, and that Labour finishing third behind UKIP in the popular vote shows the party are still someway off regaining power nationally.
However, the Labour group say the result has “brought Labour home to Scarborough”, and leader, Cllr Eric Broadbent, himself a victor, said: “Our party has worked very hard, and we’ve bucked then national trend.
“The voters of Scarborough have shown that they want a party that delivers, and now it’s time to start that.”
Of the Independent councillors, only Castle district councillor Janet Jefferson retained her seat, with group leader Peter Popple among the casualties, which included Cllr Bill Chatt.
Eastfield and Osgodby councillor Brian Simpson was also booted out by the electorate, losing his seat to Labour candidate Tony Randerson.
Before the regional elections, the focus had been on the emerging UKIP party, and locally, the party had fielded an unprecedented number of candidates.
The party had set its sights on winning at least one of the borough wards, and had campaigned relentlessly in the build up to election day, with party leader Nigel Farage visiting Scarborough to drum up support for his party.
But despite strong showings throughout the borough, the party only claimed one seat, with party leader Cllr Sam Cross gaining a seat in Northallerton, dislodging Filey representative Mike Cockerill in a closely fought contest.
Other UKIP candidates, including Scarborough author Graham Taylor, fell just short. However, Cllr Cross said that it had been a good day for his party.
He added: “This sends a big message to the government that what they are doing to the people is wrong in these difficult economic times.
“This result shows the Conservative and Lib Dem coalition is just not listening to the people.
“I just want to thank the people of the borough for coming out and showing the big parties that they are unhappy at how they are running this country.
“Now is the time for change.”
However, the news wasn’t as good for the Liberal Democrats. The party, which had fielded a teenager in the Falsgrave district, failed to make any gains, and picked up less than 1,000 votes across the entire borough.
Yesterday’s voting saw a turnout across the borough of 30.16 per cent.
The Northstead division saw the highest turnout with 53.62 per cent placing their vote, while the lowest turnout was 22.23 per cent at Eastfield.
The candidate who picked up the lowest number of votes was Trisha Scott from the National Front, who only received nine votes.
The results were announced in the Ocean Room at The Spa.
The Conservative Party now hold a huge majority on the county council.
With all the results now in from the North Yorkshire County Council elections held today, the Conservative hold power despite losing a seat, down to 45.
The Liberal Democrats have also lost a seat, and now hold eight, with Labour rising from one to seven.
The total number of Independent councillors has plummeted, almost halving from 14 to eight.
There are two Liberal councillors and a pair of UKIP councillors.
In total, from a total of 72 seats on the authority.
The Conservative Party will meet next week to elect a Leader, who will then nominate portfolio holders for the Executive.
The newly-elected council will meet for the first time on Wednesday May 15, when members will be asked to ratify the names of the Leader, Deputy Leader, and Executive Members.
Castle - Janet Jefferson (Independent)
Eastfield and Osgodby - Tony Randerson (Labour Party)
Esk Valley - Helen Gall (Conservative Party)
Falsgrave and Stepney - John Ritchie (Labour Party)
Filey - Sam Cross (UKIP)
Hertford and Cayton - John Blackburn (Conservative Party)
Newby - Andrew Backhouse (Conservative Party)
Northstead - Eric Broadbent (Labour Party)
Scalby and The Coast - Derek Bastiman (Conservative Party)
Seamer and Derwent Valley - David Jeffels (Conservative Party)
Weaponness and Ramshill - Penny Marsden (Conservative Party)
Whitby/Mayfield Cum Mulgrave - David Chance (Conservative Party)
Whitby/Streonshalh Joe Plant (Conservative Party)
Woodlands - David Billing (Labour Party)
Castle - 23.01 per cent
Eastfield and Osgodby - 22.23 per cent
Esk Valley - 32.07 per cent
Falsgrave and Stepney - 28.26 per cent
Filey - 32.21 per cent
Hertford and Cayton - 30.97 per cent
Mayfield - 27.11 per cent
Newby - 29.68 per cent
Northstead - 53.26 per cent
Scalby and The Coast - 34.35 per cent
Seamer and Derwent Valley - 34.63 per cent
Weaponess - 32.55 per cent
Whitby - 24.82 per cent
Woodlands - 26.48 per cent