Harrogate district has elected its North Yorkshire County Councillors
Harrogate district has elected its North Yorkshire County Councillors

UKIP have won a seat on North Yorkshire County Council, and election results are in across the region.

UKIP candidate David Simister became the Harrogate area’s first UKIP councillor, winning the seat from the county’s Liberal Democrat leader Geoff Webber.

It was a strong day for Conservatives, with a net gain of four seats across the district.

However, the Liberal Democrats suffered a net loss of two seats.

Liberal Democrat Andrew Goss retained the other Bilton and Nidd Gorge seat.

The new Coun Simister said: “It is absolutely fantastic.

“We were up against some very seasoned and experienced campaigners in the Liberal Democrats.

“I can’t believe I came first. I thought we would do well but I didn’t think we would win.”

Conservative candidates Richard Cooper and Jean Butterfield are elected to Harrogate Central.

Former Liberal Democrat councillor John Fox narrowly lost his Harrogate Central seat, losing out by just eleven votes.

The Central count required a recount.

Coun Cooper said: “It’s a fantastic result for us, we have worked very hard for it.

“We have talked to a lot of concerned residents and they are the important people in this.

“They have trusted us to take the issues forward and change the team that have represented them for the last four years.”

Conservative candidate John Ennis took the Harrogate Oatlands seat from former Liberal Democrat councillor Keith Barnes, who had retired and did not stand for re-election.

Coun Ennis said: “I am so pleased. I will not write off the UKIP vote as a protest vote.

“I am new to being a county councillor, and I am looking forward to making contact with the other councillors.”

Conservative John Batt lost his seat in Knaresborough and Liberal Democrat Anne Jones won a Knaresborough seat. Bill Hoult retained his seat.

Knaresborough has gone from having one Conservative councillor and one Liberal Democrat councillor to two Liberal Democrat councillors.

In Ripon South, Independent Peter Horton won the seat from former independent councillor Andrew Williams, who did not stand for re-election.

In Masham, Conservative Margaret Atkinson took the seat from Independent Paul Richardson, who also did not stand for re-election.

Liberal John Savage won the Ainsty seat.

Robert Windass (Conservative) retained the Boroughbridge seat.

Conservative Jim Clark retained the Harrogate Harlow seat.

Don Mackenzie retained the Harrogate Saltergate seat.

Michael Harrison won the Lower Nidderdale and Bishop Monkton seat. Former councillor Heather Garnett had retired, and did not stand for re-election.

Conservative Cliff Trotter retained his Pannal and Lower Wharfedale seat.

Pateley Bridge was retained by Conservative John Fort.

Ripon North was retained by Bernard Bateman. He is hoping to be council chairman.