Conservatives dealt blow in Staffordshire as Labour make gains

The Conservatives have suffered a blow in Staffordshire as Labour made gains in the county council elections.

But Ukip failed to take any seats in South Staffordshire, Cannock Chase or Tamworth overnight, although more results were being counted today.

However, the Eurosceptic party took a large share of the vote in Cannock Chase, coming second in areas like Chadsmoor and Etchinhill and Heath and pushing the Lib Dems into fourth in some areas.

Ukip also did better than Labour in South Staffordshire.

The Tories, who have been in control of the county council with 50 of the 62 seats since 2009, lost four seats in Cannock Chase to Labour, which also took another off the Liberal Democrats.

Tory county council culture boss Pat Corfield lost his seat in Cannock Town Centre, traditionally a Tory stronghold.

Labour now has six county council seats in the district and the Tories have just one.

Cannock Chase Council leader George Adamson took one of the two seats in Hednesford and Rawnsley and immediately vowed to continue at the helm of the district council, despite his new responsibilities.

At the county at Cannock Chase Civic Centre he said: "I'm elated to win. I will continue to be leader of the district council.

"It's my first time on the county council.

"Hopefully Labour will get the majority on the county council when the counts are all finished.

"We'll try to reverse some of the dreadful Tory policies."

Labour councillor Derek Davis, aged 73, is leader of the Labour group on the county council and until last night had just two colleagues.

He retained his seat in Chadsmoor with a majority of 954.

He said the county council's Labour party was considering forming a shadow cabinet off the back of the favourable results.

He said: "I'm relieved. I've always enjoyed a good majority. We'll be looking to form a shadow cabinet on the county council now."

Meanwhile South Staffordshire saw the Conservative party hold on to all six seats accounted for overnight.

Votes for the district’s final division – Cheslyn Hay, Essington & Great Wyrley – were being counted tonight, with two seats up for grabs.

Conservative candidates won out in Brewood, Codsall, Kinver, Penkridge, Perton and Wombourne.

And Ukip performed better than Labour in all wards in which both parties put forward candidates.

In Codsall, Councillor Robert Marshall won a landslide victory over Ukip’s Michael Lynch and Labour’s Kevin McElduff.

Councillor Marshall, who is Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for public health and community safety, delivered a victory speech to candidates and staff at Codsall Leisure Centre, vowing to remain committed during his term.

But speaking afterwards, he added that he was only “reasonably happy” with the results for the district as a whole.

He said: “Sadly, this election has been about national issues and I think the media have a lot to answer for.

“When I’ve been knocking on doors all people are talking about are things like immigration and Europe.

“With the best will in the world local councils have no influence on those issues.”

In Kinver, district council leader Brian Edwards held on to his county council seat, besting Ukip candidate Paul Brothwood and Labour’s Christine Ridgeway.

Tory Mr Edwards said: “We’ve done very well against a lot of national opposition. I’m very pleased.

“The Ukip campaign that has been put out has made it a national election rather than a local one.

“I haven’t heard anyone on the doorstep asking about Council Tax, for example.”

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson said: “I’m delighted that all our local seats have so far been retained and the simple reality is people don’t want to go back to the era of majorly high Council Tax.”

Labour also won three seats off the Tories in Tamworth and held on to another.

Meanwhile in Wolverhampton, only a by-election was held yesterday to fill the Blakenhall seat vacated by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones, who had represented Labour for 33 years.

The seat went to Labour's Harbans Singh Bagri with 1,934 votes. Ukip came second with 263 and the Tories were pushed into third on 242 votes.

Comments for: "Conservatives dealt blow in Staffordshire as Labour make gains"

shreks left foot

What we don't want is another labour government please..........!!

Pete

GOOD LUCK WITH THE LABOUR IF THEY ARE ANYTHING LIKE SANDWELL !

john wayne

i am not a politician but i do feel sorry for the conservatives as long as ive had known labour have nearly bankrupted this country many times and the conservatives have pulled the coutry round, but people can only see the down side, to put it in laymans terms remember this if labour are in power you will be taxed to death, if the conservatives are in there will be 3 million unemployed, the choice is simples!!!!

Floating voter

Interesting that the first thing out of his mouth was "We'll try to reverse some of the dreadful Tory policies." Does that mean raising the council tax again as Labour did between 1998 and 2010 where it went from just £500 to over £1000?

Thank you very much for that Labour.

Brett

“When I’ve been knocking on doors all people are talking about are things like immigration and Europe.

“With the best will in the world local councils have no influence on those issues.”

.. Commonly known as reaping as you sow. The reason people vote based on national issues, is because these issues are being felt at the local level. Places like Stafford and Cannock can no longer afford to isolate themselves from these issues, away from everyone else. About time too.. I'm sure many Sandwell residents are sick of being deprived a future because so much time and money is being spent on putting the Shires on a political pedestal.

cathy

pity ukip polled more votes than the clown parties yet won less seats same but well done ukip this must be the only site were it has people sticking up for cameron and his no ball rip the country apart party

Robert

The high vote for UKIP is very dissapointing. It is very sad that in 2013 we still have a percentage of the electorate ready to support this Right wing Party. The onus of the main parties should be to counter the extreme views of UKIP and highlight how divisive their views are. The real issues are the economy, health education and the environment. This Tory led Government is destroying the liberal values of this country and may try to jump on the UKIP bandwaggon of intolerance by creating a smokescreen of fear over immigration whilst maintaining their own Right-Wing policies in other areas. The Greens and Socialists offer a just and viable alternative.