Richard Cox. Pic: Lewis Deakin

Conservative councillor Richard Cox admits he has been “overwhelmed” following his re-election to serve a fourth term representing Armitage and Handsacre on Lichfield District Council.

He topped the local election poll for the ward with 2,017 votes

The 51-year-old was also re-elected to Armitage and Handsacre Parish Council, where the Conservative politician will continue his work as chairman.

But Cllr Cox admitted he was “sad” to see Labour rivals Steve Norman and Don Isaacs miss out on seats in the Summerfield and All Saints ward.

Richard Cox. Pic: Lewis Deakin

He said: “I phoned my sister after the results came in – I was just overwhelmed to be only one of two local politicians to get over 2,000 votes. It’s such a ringing endorsement from the public.

“I’m extremely honoured and humbled – I would like to thank the voters who returned me to both the district and parish council to serve a fourth term.

“I’ve always been a community advocate and I’ll continue to do my best for the residents of Armitage, Handsacre and Kings Bromley. I would urge any of my residents who have any concerns to bring them to my attention – my door is always open.

“But I am disappointed to see Steve, Don and other Labour colleagues lose their seats – Steve and Don both were excellent politicians and they have my utmost respect.”

There hasn’t been much time for celebration for Cllr Cox though as his post-election diary begins to fill up.

But the manager of Lichfield Hockey Club men’s team said he would be spending much needed time with his family before tackling the growing to-do list.

He said: “I’ll be planning the parish council agenda with the clerk, attending neighbourhood plan meetings and district council meetings, as it’s now back to business as usual following the election.

“However, I’ll be taking a short holiday with my family to celebrate my father’s 85th birthday.

“I feel that following a gruelling election campaign – where I didn’t sleep for 48 hours during the parliamentary and local election results – that I’ve earned a short break.”

Lewis Deakin

NCTJ-trained reporter with experience in a wide variety of journalism settings.

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