Conservative election wins in Lichfield & Burntwood

Votes being cast

Votes being cast

The Conservative party have taken control of Staffordshire County Council in the local elections. The party also won in all but one of Lichfield & Burntwood’s wards.

Eight wards make up the Lichfield and Burntwood area with Conservatives winning all but Burntwood South which went to independent candidate, Paul Dudley Atkins. Mr Atkins took 46% of the vote for the ward, with Conservatives in second with 37%.

Labour previously held the area with 38% though the Conservatives were close behind with 37%. Now, the Conservative Party hold a 53% majority while Labour fell to 14%, one percentage point behind the Liberal Democrats.

Amidst a low turnout of only 40% compared to last year’s 66%. The lowest turnout was recorded in the Burntwood North ward where only 34% of voters made it to the polling station.

Another key feature of these local elections was the emergance of the BNP. The nationalist party took 8% of the vote in Lichfield City North, representing a total of 337 votes.

The County Council has always been held by Labour except for once when the Conservatives won in 1977. The shift in control is part of a national move of power from the Labour party who, at the time of writing with 7 out of 34 council results declared, have lost 4 councils.

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5 Comments

  1. Johnny Two Socks

    5th June, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Many congrats to the Conservatives of Staffordshire… roll on the General Election!

  2. Dom Robson

    5th June, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    So Cameron’s Tory toffs are in the ascendancy. What a disaster. Never since the 1950s has the class basis of a party so badly mirrored the social status of the British people.

  3. Michael Fabricant

    6th June, 2009 at 10:03 am

    The last time I heard the expression “Tory Toffs” was at the Crewe & Nantwich by-election 12 months ago when the Labour Party used it constantly in their campaign. The previously safe Labour seat was so revolted by that meaningless, bitter, negative, and class-ridden Labour campaign, they elected a Conservative for the first time ever.

  4. boley roley

    6th June, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Michael i couldnt agree more .I was at the count yesterday and was so happy to see Janet and Alan elected,two people i admire so much and would like to thank the Conservative party for their very kind hospitality.Thank you all and well done.

    Alex Sproule

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