A Lichfield councillor says the Conservatives will continue work to deliver essential services to communities after the party retained control of Staffordshire County Council.
Cllr Alan White, leader of the authority, was one of 57 Tory councillors elected after he won the Lichfield Rural East seat.
Labour secured just four seats with an independent candidate winning one.
The Conservatives took a clean sweep of seats across Lichfield and Burntwood.
Cllr White said:
“I thank everyone who stood as a candidate or worked to make this election happen in difficult circumstances.
“I am delighted that the people of Staffordshire have again placed their trust in us to continue delivering essential services in our communities.
“We will continue to create the conditions for economic growth in Staffordshire, attracting new employers and supporting new ones as we recover from the pandemic.
“At the same time we will work with our communities to focus on their needs and support them to live happier, healthier, independent lives.”Cllr Alan White, Staffordshire County Council
This will be the fourth consecutive four-year term in charge of the county council for the Conservatives, who went into this election with 50 seats. Labour previously held ten with two independents also on the council before the 2021 ballot.
A full breakdown of results is available here.
John Henderson, Chief Executive of Staffordshire County Council, said:
“Staffordshire County Council’s annual budget is more than £500 million and our work touches everyone’s life in one way or another.
“It’s vital that local people debate local issues and determine how the county council goes about its business, so I was very pleased to see every seat contested by multiple candidates and I thank them all for their time, effort and commitment to the democratic process.”John Henderson, Staffordshire County Council