Labour loses control of Bolsover for first time in 40 years

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New dawn of politics for Derbyshire town, with Labour one seat short of majority

Labour’s dominance in Bolsover – so strong that its famed veteran MP and lifelong Eurosceptic, Dennis Skinner, was nicknamed the beast of Bolsover – was well and truly overthrown on Thursday night. In the old Derbyshire mining town, a Labour stronghold for 40 years, the party suffered one of the biggest defeats in its history, losing control of the local district council for the first time since its inception.

The victorious were those who stood as independents, signalling a new era for British politics. On Friday afternoon, as ballot papers were furiously being sifted through for the parish councils, Ross Walker – a newly elected independent councillor – became visibly emotional.

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