Map of the results for the 1988 Solihull council election.
Map of the results for the 1988 Solihull council election.

The Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council elections were held on Thursday, 5 May 1988, with one third of the council to be elected. Prior to the election, Packwood councillor, Kenneth Meeson, had defected from Independent to the Conservatives. The Conservatives retained control of the council.[1][2]

Election result

Solihull Local Election Result 1988
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 10 1 2 -1 58.8 51.9 29,904 +0.9%
  Labour 5 1 1 0 20.4 26.3 15,165 +8.4%
  SLD 1 1 0 +1 5.9 15.6 8,987 -7.2%
Independent Ratepayers & Residents 1 0 0 0 5.9 6.1 3,539 -2.0%

This result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections:

Party Previous council New council
Conservatives 30 29
Labour 14 14
Independent Ratepayers & Residents 4 4
Social and Liberal Democrats 3 4
Total 51 51
Working majority  9   7 

Ward results

Bickenhill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Juniper 2,246 54.2 -0.8
Labour Sheila Brookes 1,519 36.7 +8.3
SLD David Moore 376 9.1 -7.5
Majority 727 17.6 -9.1
Turnout 4,141
Conservative gain from Labour Swing -4.5
Castle Bromwich[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Richards 2,831 67.7 +3.2
Labour Jeffrey Potts 1,078 25.8 +8.7
SLD Paul Rivers 271 6.5 -12.0
Majority 1,753 41.9 -4.1
Turnout 4,180
Conservative hold Swing -2.7
Chelmsley Wood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Hill 1,683 68.5 +17.1
Conservative Robin Draycott 581 23.7 -4.1
SLD Petula Holmes 191 7.8 -10.8
Majority 1,102 44.9 +21.2
Turnout 2,455
Labour hold Swing +10.6
Elmdon[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rona Miller 1,729 45.9 +14.1
Conservative Norman Page 1,690 44.8 -4.0
SLD Richard Blight 349 9.3 -10.1
Majority 39 1.0 -16.1
Turnout 3,768
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +9.0
Fordbridge[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Corser 1,403 73.1 +20.5
Conservative Neil Archer 515 26.8 -2.6
Majority 888 46.3 +23.1
Turnout 1,918
Labour hold Swing +11.5
Kingshurst[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Allen 1,503 68.0 +15.4
Conservative Dorothy Wallace 708 32.0 -0.5
Majority 795 36.0 +16.0
Turnout 2,211
Labour hold Swing +7.9
Knowle[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ronald Scannell 2,341 72.4 +5.8
SLD Bernadette Pruden 570 17.6 -11.3
Labour Christine Horton 322 10.0 +5.5
Majority 1,771 54.8 +17.1
Turnout 3,233
Conservative hold Swing +8.5
Lyndon[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SLD Richard Balmer 1,550 43.2 -0.3
Conservative Peter Duddy 1,417 39.5 -2.3
Labour Walter Kinder 622 17.3 +2.6
Majority 133 3.7 +2.0
Turnout 3,589
SLD gain from Conservative Swing +1.0
Meriden[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Vincent 1,813 59.5 +2.7
Alliance (SDP) John Johnson 969 31.8 -7.2
Labour Robert Overton 263 8.6 +4.5
Majority 844 27.7 +9.9
Turnout 3,045
Conservative hold Swing +4.9
Olton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Diana Holl-Allen 2,186 55.5 +1.2
SLD Timothy Farzmand 1,419 36.0 -3.6
Labour Hugh Hendry 333 8.5 +2.4
Majority 767 19.5 +4.9
Turnout 3,938
Conservative hold Swing +2.4
Packwood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Meeson 2,389 62.6 +14.8
SLD Arthur Crossley 1,193 31.3 +31.3
Labour Maurice Jones 234 6.1 +1.6
Majority 1,196 31.3 +31.1
Turnout 3,816
Conservative hold Swing -8.2
Shirley East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank Morris 1,738 51.9 +2.4
Independent Ratepayers Richard Jackson 1,124 33.6 +13.2
Labour Derek Jones 486 14.5 +5.8
Majority 614 18.3 -9.7
Turnout 3,348
Conservative hold Swing -5.4
Shirley South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ratepayers Ursula Eames 2,415 53.6 +5.7
Conservative Theresa Samuels 1,696 37.6 -6.4
Labour Georgina Parisi 397 8.8 +0.7
Majority 719 15.9 +12.0
Turnout 4,508
Independent Ratepayers hold Swing +6.0
Shirley West[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Miriam Harris 1,671 53.2 -1.0
SLD John Reeve 786 25.0 -9.1
Labour Margaret Brittin 685 21.8 +10.1
Majority 885 28.2 +8.1
Turnout 3,142
Conservative hold Swing -4.0
Silhill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Hogarth 2,572 68.3 +7.9
SLD Jennifer Wright 697 18.5 -12.6
Labour Graham Craig 496 13.2 +4.7
Majority 1,875 49.8 +20.5
Turnout 3,765
Conservative hold Swing +10.2
Smith's Wood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derrick Harrison 2,155 75.3 +23.8
Conservative Mark Saunders 707 24.7 -2.8
Majority 1,448 50.6 +26.7
Turnout 2,862
Labour hold Swing +13.3
St. Alphege[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Taylor 2,803 76.2 +4.1
SLD Bernard Winchombe 616 16.8 -7.8
Labour Thomas Hayes 257 7.0 +3.7
Majority 2,187 59.5 +11.9
Turnout 3,676
Conservative hold Swing +6.0

By-elections between 1988 and 1990

Shirley East by-election 2 February 1989[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SLD John Reeve 1,127 51.4 +51.4
Conservative Theresa Samuels 799 36.4 -15.5
Labour Philip Knowles 228 10.4 -4.1
National Front Norman Tomkinson 38 1.7 +1.7
Majority 328 15.0 -3.3
Turnout 2,192
SLD gain from Conservative Swing -5.4
Smith's Wood by-election 2 March 1989[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Craig 957 74.7 -0.6
Conservative Peter Llewellyn 276 21.5 -3.2
Green Paul Adams 48 3.7 +3.7
Majority 681 53.2 +2.6
Turnout 1,281
Labour hold Swing +1.3
Packwood by-election April 1989[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SLD Judy Morris 1,897 54.1 +22.8
Conservative Stephen Bishop 1,455 41.5 -21.1
Labour Jeffrey Potts 155 4.4 -1.7
Majority 1,196 31.3 +31.1
Turnout 3,507
Social and Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Residents Swing +21.9

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Solihull M. B. C. Election Results Sheet, 5 May 1988", Solihull M.B.C.(1988).
  2. ^ "Vote 2012: Solihull". BBC News Online. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Solihull M. B. C. By-election Results Sheet", Solihull M.B.C.(1989).