Cannock Chase local election results: Labour clings on to power
The Conservatives made gains in Cannock Chase but it was not enough to overthrow Labour, who stay in power with a majority of one.
Labour now has 21 of the council's 41 seats, while the Tories are left with 15 and the Greens three after the party won in Rawnsley. There is one independent and one Lib Dem councillor.
Full local election coverage:
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- Local elections: As it happened
- Dudley: Tories take UKIP seats in dramatic dead heat
- Walsall: Tory gains leave them in pole position
- Sandwell: Opposition to Labour almost wiped out
- Wolverhampton: Labour increases majority
- Cannock Chase: Labour clings on to power
Council leader George Adamson said: "We are pleased. We have kept our control and we are very grateful for the people who voted.
"We shall continue expanding our leisure facilities in the area and build a car park at Bradbury Lane like we promised. We are going to keep our council taxes as low as possible."
Opposition leader Paul Snape said: "We're disappointed the council is still in Labour's hands but we are pleased with the work put in by everybody.
"We have taken some more seats. The average age of the party has come down. We have three councillors that are under 30.
"We're hoping people see we have younger councillors and can be a party for young people."
Tory Cannock Chase MP Amanda Milling added: "It has been a good night. I am really pleased with the hard work of the candidates. We have had some good wins and have held Cannock West."
Meanwhile Paul Woodhead, leader of the local Green Party, said: "It was all quite positive. We got the one we wanted to win in Rawnsley.
"It is good they have a councillor that lives and works in the area. This gives us something more to build on."
Cannock Chase District Council - full results
- What happened: The Conservatives gained four seats, the Greens gained one and UKIP lost its only seat.
- Political make-up: Labour control (Lab - 21; Cons - 15; Green - 3; Lib Dem - 1; Indep - 1)
- Turnout: 28%
- * Party previously holding seat
Brereton and Ravenhill (Lib Dem hold)
Paul Fisher (Lib Dem)* – 614
Lorraine Northway (Cons) – 404
Jaqueline Prestwood (Lab) – 449
Sarah Thomas-Dean (UKIP) – 80
Cannock East (Lab hold)
Arlette Carmichael (Green) – 68
Muriel Davis (Lab)* – 680
Mick Howes (UKIP) – 109
Johnny McMahon (Cons) – 505
Cannock North (Lab hold)
Frank Allen (Lab)* – 791
Peter Kruskonjic (Cons) – 364
Jodie Winter (Green) – 118
Cannock South (Lab hold)
John Dawkins (Cons) – 575
Scarlett Ward (Green) – 89
Kev Whittaker (UKIP) – 123
Paul Witton (Lab)* – 679
Cannock West (Cons hold)
Edmund Frondigoun (Lab) – 462
Maire Smith (Green) – 128
Hyra Sutton (Cons)* – 1,335
Etching Hill and The Heath (Cons gain)
Pat Ansell (Lib Dem) – 153
Michael Sheridan (Green) – 110
Paul Startin (Cons)* – 797
Jeffrey Winter (Lab) – 379
Hawks Green (Cons gain)
Eloise Cropp (Green) – 86
Phil Hewitt (Cons)* – 727
Josh Mills (Lab) – 344
Dave Percox (UKIP) – 74
Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury (Cons gain)
Kenny Beardmore (Green) – 76
Les Bullock (Lab) – 445
Martyn Buttery (Cons) – 512
Dave Morris (UKIP)* – 132
Hednesford Green Heath (Lab hold)
George Adamson (Lab)* – 591
Marg Dean (UKIP) – 31
Bryan Jones (Cons) – 519
Andrea Muckley (Green) – 68
Ronald Turville (Indep) – 29
Hednesford North (Lab hold)
Sheila Cartwright (Lab)* – 635
Mandy Dunnett (Green) – 274
Wendy Yates (Cons) – 472
Norton Canes (Lab hold)
Adrienne Fitzgerald (Cons) – 747
John Preece (Lab)* – 960
Glen Tapper (Green) – 72
Rawnsley (Green gain)
Aaron Bate (Lab) – 329
Mick Jackson (UKIP)* – 59
Val Jones (Cons) – 439
Claire Wilkinson (Green) – 480
Western Springs (Cons gain)
Ken Ansell (Lib Dem) – 50
Kieran Green (Lab) – 368
Mick Grocott (Indep)* – 362
Olivia Lyons (Cons) – 839