Local elections 2012: Labour takes five Hull City Council seats from Lib Dems
Labour have strengthened their grip on power at Hull City Council after gaining five seats from the Liberal Democrats.
However, apathy was the biggest winner in the city council elections with just one in four people bothering to vote.
The overall 25 per cent turnout figure was one of the lowest seen in Hull for several years.
The most high-profile Lib Dem casualty was former cabinet member John Robinson, who lost in Avenue ward to Labour newcomer Rosie Nicola.
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However, despite expectations in some quarters of a wipeout, the Lib Dems held seven of the 12 seats they were defending.
It means Labour now has 39 seats at the Guildhall compared to 17 held by the Lib Dems. There are two Conservatives and one Independent.
Labour leader Councillor Steve Brady said he was disappointed at the low turnout.
He said: “I think local politics and local decision-making is extremely important so when I see the low turnouts in some of the wards it does make me disappointed.
“I think many people have switched off from politics.
“They have lost faith in politicians, particularly at national level and that applies to all the political parties.
“Trust has disappeared completely and that is a dangerous thing. Until that trust can somehow be restored, I think we are going to see low turnouts like this continue for some time and I am not sure how politicians, both local and national, can change things for the better.”
His views were echoed by Labour’s Colin Inglis, who won in Myton ward.
He said: “People have voted with their feet, or rather they haven’t because they have decided to stay at home and not vote at all.