John Burrows is new leader of Chesterfield Borough Council

sp89805  Cllr.john Burrows with his grandchildren  Oliver Holmes(left) & Jacob Holmes
sp89805 Cllr.john Burrows with his grandchildren Oliver Holmes(left) & Jacob Holmes

NEW Chesterfield Borough Council leader, cllr John Burrows has told the Derbyshire Times he is “elated” after Labour clinched 34 seats to the Liberal Democrats’ 14 in the local elections.

The Brimington North Ward councillor was visibly thrilled as the results - which welcome the first Labour council in eight years - were announced at today’s election count at Queens Park sports centre on Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield.

He said: “I am elated and will be celebrating the new council that will help Chesterfield through the next four years. I would have been very dissapointed if we didn’t have overall control and am now looking very much forward to the leadership challenge.”

But today’s results spell dissapointment for cllr Ray Russell, who regained his seat in Brockwell ward for the Liberal Democrats, but lost his position as council leader.

He said: “I am dissapointed because we feel we have done a good job over the last eight years.”

He added: “We will continue to do our best for Chesterfield, and we will be back.”

Brimington North Ward councillor, Terry Gilby is the new deputy leader of Chesterfield Borough council.

ellie.hunter@derbyshiretimes.co.uk