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South Tyneside Council Election Results 2012
Labour gained nine seats in the 2012 Local Government Elections and retains overall control of South Tyneside Council with 48 of the 54 seats in 18 wards.
The overall percentage turnout was 34.1% (compared to 39.7% last year) with 39,088 votes out of a total electorate of 114,770.
The highest turnout was in the Cleadon and East Boldon ward with 45.5% while the Primrose ward was the lowest with 28%.
Two seats were contested in the Simonside and Rekendyke ward, with Councillor Ed Malcolm (Lab) securing the most votes to retain his seat for four more years.
Lynne Proudlock (Lab) won the ward's second available seat, which has been vacant since the death of Councillor Joan Meeks (Lab) in December 2011. She will serve the remainder of Councillor Meeks's term, which runs until May 2014.
Labour gained seats in the following nine wards:
· Beacon & Bents, previously Independent;
· Fellgate & Hedworth, previously Independent;
· Harton, a vacant seat;
· Hebburn North, previously Liberal Democrat;
· Horsley Hill, previously Independent;
· Monkton, previously Independent;
· West Park, previously South Tyneside Progressives;
· Westoe, previously Independent;
· Whiteleas, previously Independent.
The new political make-up of the Council is: Labour 48, Independent 4, Conservative 1 and UK Independence Party 1.
For the full results visit www.southtyneside.info/electionresults2012
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