Voters oust Tory deputy John Ford - huge blow in Skircoat Green

SOME nailbiting results, spectacular switches and record-breaking statistics made the 2007 polls in Calderdale an election to remember.

Although the overall make-up of the council remains virtually unchanged, some familiar faces have gone.

The most high-profile loser was deputy Conservative leader John Ford, ousted after 27 years.

The luckiest winner was Conservative Richard Marshall, who scraped in by two votes after two recounts.

The chairman of Calderdale Labour Party, Barry Collins, snatched Illingworth and Mixenden from the leader of the British National Party, Richard Mulhall.

The Conservatives remain the largest group on the council.