A SENIOR Keighley councillor who lost his seat in the Bradford Council elections has spoken today of his devastation.

Adrian Farley, who had represented Keighley West for Labour since 2012, was defeated by just six votes in the poll.

Conservative candidate Julie Ann Glentworth took the seat, with 1,556.

“We fought an honest campaign,” said Mr Farley, who was the council’s executive member for children and families.

“I’m devastated at the outcome.

“Keighley West is where my family and friends live and the place I grew-up.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to represent the ward over the last nine years.

“I would like to thank those who voted for me, my campaign team and agent Paul Godwin.”

Labour has retained overall control of the council.

Leader Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said she was pleased Labour had done better in Bradford district than in other parts of the country.

Conservative group leader, Worth Valley councillor Rebecca Poulsen, said she was delighted to welcome seven new councillors.

* More election reaction to follow