Leeds City Council

Election results for 2019

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Transport investment needed as northern services decline

Northern mayors and council leaders want more investment in transport after figures showed train services have got worse, despite the push of a Northern Powerhouse.

A Northern train
Northern

Cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were encouraged to work together both in rivalling London and the South East and to "take on the world", with more jobs and opportunities.

But five years on, doubt has been cast on just how successful the project has been, with transport being one key area that officials want to improve.

The number of cancelled and significantly late trains on TransPennine Express and Northern franchises more than doubled from 20,000 in 2014-15 to 47,000 in 2018-19. It meant that almost one in every 20 services was either cancelled or more than 30 minutes late arriving at its destination.

Dan Jarvis
BBC

Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis, said the government should see the north as "an asset, not a liability" and said Westminster had "let the north down".

Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: "The northern authorities are working much more closely together and that's a real benefit.

"The real difficulty we have is that (transport) schemes are delayed and there's a real lack of commitment to rebalancing the economy."

People 'fed up with national situation', says councillor

A Leeds Liberal Democrat councillor says peoples' exasperation with national politics has led to voter apathy in her ward of Rothwell.

Diane Chapman was giving her opinion as the results came in after counting at Leeds Arena. Her party lost out to Labour, which retains control of the city council.

Diane Chapman
BBC

I'm sure the national situation has played a role. Yes there are some pretty fed up people out there and we've certainly had that on the doorstep for the last few weeks.

Labour keeps control of Leeds

Labour holds on to Leeds City Council with 57 seats.

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Council salaries for bosses revealed

Bradford Council's chief executive earned almost £230,000 in the 2017 to 2018 financial year, the most of any Yorkshire council, new figures have revealed.

Bradford
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The figures, which are from the Taxpayers' Alliance, show how much was paid in salary, pension contributions and expenses.

Sheffield City Council paid chief executive John Mothersole £186,125 as a salary with a pension contribution of £35,364.

Elsewhere in Yorkshire, Leeds City Council's chief executive was paid £201,171.

Meanwhile, North Yorkshire paid their chief executive almost £200,000.

Caroline Lacey, chief executive for East Riding of Yorkshire, was paid a combined total of £189,000.

A Sheffield Council spokesperson said it reviews its pay structure regularly.

"Sheffield City Council is the third largest metropolitan council in the country", a statement said. "We are still one of the lowest paying large authorities in terms of our overall top pay bill."