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Leader of Conservative group says he’s “delighted” with local election results at Lichfield District Council

The leader of the Conservative group at Lichfield District Council says he is “delighted” with the local election results.

Cllr Mike Wilcox
Cllr Mike Wilcox

The Tories avoided some of the heavy losses felt by the party elsewhere to take 34 seats across Lichfield and Burntwood to remain in control of the local authority.

Cllr Wilcox himself avoided any slip-ups in the Alrewas and Fradley ward, elected with the second highest number of votes behind stablemate Derick Cross in a vote which also saw his wife Sonia Wilcox elected.

“I’m delighted overall with what we’ve done,” he told Lichfield Live.

“It’s disappointing for the candidates who’ve not been selected, but in the present climate with the national picture that we tried to make sure wasn’t part of our agenda at a local level I’m delighted with the outcome.”

“Really good councillors across the board”

Although the Conservatives avoided any major headaches, the opposition Labour group saw their numbers swell to 10, while the Liberal Democrats took one seat and two independents were also victorious.

It means the Tories will face a greater opposition going forward, but Cllr Wilcox insisted it would bring out the best in his own group.

“A stronger opposition can only be good for the whole district,” he said. “We’ve got some really good councillors across the board now.

“It’s now up to us to make sure we deliver for the people of Lichfield and the whole district.”

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5 Comments

  1. Darryl Godden

    3rd May, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    His personal barometer only ever shows sunshine. Astonishing lack of self-awareness from the man who lost Lichfield £7.5 million and the failure of the Friarsgate.

    Simply standing shows the mettle of the man.

  2. Michel Souris

    3rd May, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Let’s hope one of the other Tory councillors, the one with the brain cell, ousts Wilcox as leader. Wilcox is such a muppet.

  3. AnnS

    5th May, 2019 at 10:11 am

    I bet he’s delighted. Tax-payers money in his pocket and that of his wife’s. Double whammy for the people of Lichfield & District. I love his comment that more opposition will “bring out the best in his own group”, and …”to make sure we now deliver to the people…”. So he admits that the ‘best’ was not implemented and the blues were not delivering prior to the elections. I would agree with him there.

  4. Philip Allso

    5th May, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    We do not deserve democracy. When less than 29% of the electorate turn out to vote on representation for vital local issues then you know they just don’t care. It means the likes of the Lichfield District Council and their suspect transactions go on regardless. How sad is this and what consequences will it lead to? Lichfield you are a proud city no more. Seventy percent and more have no right to complaint. You do not deserve the rights previous generations gave their lives to win and preserve for you.

  5. Wilde

    5th May, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    What does all this say about the electorate in Lichfield though?? I respectfully suggest that they have sleepwalked into this election. How else can you interpret the result?

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