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Conservatives hold Bromsgrove District Council, Lib Dems up three, Labour down two

Bromsgrove Editorial 3rd May, 2019 Updated: 4th May, 2019

THE CONSERVATIVES maintained control of Bromsgrove District Council with the same majority, gaining two seats and losing two.

The main changes were to the other parties in what, in hindsight, was an election of musical chairs.

As the votes were counted there were some nervous faces in the Conservative group having seen heavy losses for their counterparts around the country overnight.

And at one point it looked as though Bromsgrove may go to no overall control but a late flurry of late Tory seat wins saw the leading group remain on 17.

There were some big losses for the Conservatives with long-standing councillors Kit Taylor and Rita Dent losing their places.

Mr Taylor’s Lickey Hills seat was taken by popular Liberal Democrat campaigner Janet King and the seat Mrs Dent had held in Bromsgrove Central for a number of years was also taken by a Lib Dem – Siobhan Hughes.

The Liberal Democrats were the biggest winners in Bromsgrove with Rob Hunter also gaining one for the party in Norton.

You have to go back 12 years to the late Gordon Selway when the Lib Dems last had a seat on the district council.

Mr Hunter told The Standard: “I’m absolutely delighted – it’s a really great result.

“There is a fantastic community in Norton and Lickey End and I am pleased to get the opportunity to represent them on the council.

“I can’t wait to get to work on things they care about.”

Labour started the day with seven seats and ended it on five with the party losing stalwart Christine McDonald in Rubery South to Conservative Adrian Kriss.

It could have been so different if Labour had held that seat and won in Aston Fields which needed three recounts after just one vote separate the canidates – Conservative Phil Thomas edged out Labour’s Rory Shannon.

Labour Leader Coun Michael Thompson said: “There were a lot of ifs an buts and it did look like it was going to go to no overall control at one point.

“I’m devastated for Rory Shannon as it was so close and he worked so hard.

“I’m also disappointed to lose Christine McDonald.”

The independents are now up one from four to five and the Wythall Residents Association are down from three to one.

The changes to the parties’ seats poses the question as to who will be the Conservative’s opposition.

Coun Thompson pointed out Labour was the party with the second highest number of seats but the Independents would argue they sit and campaigned as an ‘Independent Alliance’ with the Wythall Residents Association. A combintion of those now would give an Indpendent-Wythall Resients Association Alliance six seats and Labour five.

Independent Rachel Jenkins, who held onto her Hagley East seat in emphatic style, winning 727 to 219 over Conservative Cameron Uppal, said: “You cannot take votes for granted an have to get out there.

“I have worked very hard and we have had some new development in my ward so I have been out there introducing myself and the hard work has paid off.”

Reflecting on the overall result the council’s deputy leader Coun Karen May said the party was more relieved than jubilant about maintaining overall control of the council and it was definitely not a cause for celebration.

“The electorate has spoken and we will take on board what they have said.

“We are grateful to the support of everyone who voted for us but it’s not about party politics – it’s about doing what is best for Bromsgrove and for the benefit of the district.

“People are cheesed off with politicians at the moment and quite rightly so – we have to work hard to win their confidence back.”

Leader Coun Geoff Denaro said he was disappointed long-serving councillors Kit Taylor and Rita Dent had lost their seats and praised them for their hard work over the years.

“With Kit and (his mother) Margaret Taylor, there has been a Taylor in the Lickey Hills seat for 46 years.”

The loss of Coun Taylor, the council’s member for housing and planning, will mean there needs to be changes to the cabinet and Coun Denaro hinted there could be a reshuffle.

“We are due to meet on May 14 so we will be discussing what we do then.”

Coun Denaro added he was happy with Adrian Kriss’ victory in Rubery South and was looking forward to the Conservatives being given a chance to work on behalf of Rubery residents, an area the Tories had not traditionally done well in.

The first full meeting of the new-look council takes place on May 22.

 

FINAL SEATS

CON – 17

IND – 5

LAB – 5

LIB DEM – 3

WRA – 1

 

ALVECHURCH SOUTH – IND GAIN

Trevor Bland – CON – 390

Alan Cooper – LAB – 54

Annette English – IND – 563 – ELECTED

Dean Petters – LIB DEM – 53

 

ALVECHURCH VILLAGE – IND HOLD

Neil Harris – CON – 104

Louise Humphries – LAB – 46

Kate Van Der Plank – IND – 840 – ELECTED

 

ASTON FIELDS – CON HOLD

Phil Thomas – CON – 419 – ELECTED

Rory Shannon – LAB – 418

 

AVONCROFT – CON HOLD

Leah-Nani Alconcel – LIB DEM – 175

John Ellis – LAB – 211

Malcolm Glass – CON – 397 – ELECTED

 

BARNT GREEN / HOPWOOD – IND HOLD

Charles Hotham – IND – 898 – ELECTED

Mary Marsh – CON

 

BELBROUGHTON AND ROMSLEY  – CON HOLD TWO

Phil Baker – LAB – 309

Karen May – CON – 1,322 – ELECTED

Margaret Sherrey – CON – 1,230  – ELECTED

Caroline Thompson LAB – 301

 

BROMSGROVE CENTRAL – LIB DEM GAIN

Rita Dent – CON – 383

Jane Elledge – LAB -151

Siobhan Hughes – LIB DEM – 536 – ELECTED

 

CATSHILL NORTH – CON HOLD

Abdul Jilani – LAB – 239

Jo-Ann Till – CON -323 – ELECTED

 

CATSHILL SOUTH – CON HOLD

Julian Gray – GREEN – 96

Sarah Mansell – LIB DEM – 42

Matthew Osborne – LAB – 97

Shirley Webb – CON – 339 – ELECTED

Turnout 26.49%

 

CHARFORD – LAB HOLD

Andrew Sherrey – CON – 142

Michael Thompson – LAB -469 – ELECTED

 

COFTON – CON HOLD

Richard Deeming – CON – 232 – ELECTED

Tony Maslen – LAB – 91

Jill Harvey – GREEN – 130

Robin Van Der Plank – IND – 208

Sarah Woodhouse – LIB DEM – 70

 

DRAKES CROSS – WRA HOLD

Sue Baxter – WRA – 460 – ELECTED

Kathryn Powell – CON – 330

 

HAGLEY EAST  – IND HOLD

Rachel Jenkins – IND  – 727 – ELECTED

Cameron Uppall – CON – 219

 

HAGLEY WEST – IND HOLD

Steve Colella – IND – 939 – ELECTED

Kyle Daisley – CON – 267

 

HILL TOP – LAB HOLD

Luke Mallett – LAB – 681 – ELECTED

Suzanne Morgan – CON – 70

 

HOLLYWOOD – CON GAIN

Adam Kent – CON – 490 – ELECTED

Marian Leydon – LAB – 81

Keith Yates – WRA – 295

 

LICKEY HILLS – LIB DEM GAIN

Janet King – LIB DEM – 484 – ELECTED

Kit Taylor – CON – 374

 

LOWES HILL – CON HOLD

Brenda Henderson – LAB – 236

Rod Laight – CON – 372 – ELECTED

Rebecca Stevens – LIB DEM – 191

 

MARLBROOK – CON HOLD

Ros Cooke – LAB – 160

Peter Harvey – GREEN -206

Helen Jones – CON -474 – ELECTED

 

NORTON – LIB DEM GAIN

Jackie Alderson – CON -205

Rob Hunter – LIB DEM -675- ELECTED

 

PERRYFIELDS – CON HOLD

Drew Beaumont – CON – 308 – ELECTED

Amy Thompson-Lancaster – LAB -234

 

ROCK HILL – LAB HOLD

Mike Mihailovic – LIB DEM – 65

Harrison Rone-Clark – LAB – 337 – ELECTED

Dean Smith – IND – 94

Del Booth – CON – 246

 

RUBERY NORTH – LAB HOLD

Faye Kent – CON – 259

Peter McDonald – LAB – 526 – ELECTED

 

RUBERY SOUTH – CON GAIN

Kevin White – GREEN -67

Steve Capewell – IND – 134

Christine McDonald – LAB- 323

Adrian Kriss – CON – 352 – ELECTED

 

SANDERS PARK – CON HOLD

Maria Middleton – CON – 467 – ELECTED

Gemma Weavis-Long – LAB – 373

 

SIDEMOOR – LAB HOLD

Sue Douglas – LAB – 277 –ELECTED

James Jarvis – CON -253

Joshua Robinson – LIB DEM – 151

 

SLIDESLOW – CON HOLD

Caroline Spencer – CON – 589 – ELECTION

David Skidmore – LAB – 158

Samuel Evans – LIB DEM – 159

 

TARDEBIGGE – CON HOLD

Sarah Courbet – IND – 179

Nicholas Hind – LIB DEM – 77

Sean Shannon – LAB – 129

Peter Whittaker – CON – 472 – ELECTED

Turnout – 36%

 

WYTHALL EAST – CON GAIN

Helen Cleaver – WRA – 345

Sarah Hession – CON – 419 – ELECTED

Hazel Jones – LIB DEM 55

 

WYTHALL WEST – CON HOLD

Geoff Denaro – CON – 371 – ELECTED

Sandra Docker – LIB DEM – 62

Stephen Peters – WRA – 257

Susanna Wilshaw – LAB – 59

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