A Burntwood Labour councillor has admitted he has some sympathy for the Liberal Democrats after they lost all of their seats on Lichfield District Council.
A number of long-serving Lib Dems paid the price as a public backlash against national issues within the coalition government materialised at a local level.
The likes of Ian Jackson and Derek Love were among the high-profile Lib Dems to be toppled.
And Cllr Steve Norman revealed he did feel for his former council chamber sparring partners. He explained:
“I feel a bit sorry for the Liberal Democrats because of Nick Clegg. There are some very good people in that party and I shall miss those. But what the electorate want, the electorate get.”
Although the Conservatives didn’t experience any knock-ons from national issues as they increased their majority by two, the Lib Dems saw their vote collapse.
And Cllr Norman believes the blame lies with the national party. He explained:
“For local councillors we’re always suffering from the national picture – what our own party is doing and what other parties are doing.
“I remember very well the county elections went from 32 to three county councillors and that was because of MP expenses – it wasn’t to do with any councillors.”