Map of the results for the 1996 Solihull council election.
Map of the results for the 1996 Solihull council election.

The Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council elections were held on Thursday, 2 May 1996, with one third of the council to be elected. The council remained under no overall control, with the Conservatives and Independent Ratepayer and Residents no longer holding enough seats to continue their coalition. Voter turnout was 35.4%.[1][2]

Election result

Solihull Local Election Result 1996
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 6 0 4 -4 35.3 37.1 20,481 +4.7%
  Labour 5 1 0 +1 29.4 26.9 14,821 -3.4%
  Liberal Democrats 4 3 0 +3 23.5 25.7 14,190 -2.3%
Independent Ratepayers & Residents 2 0 0 0 11.8 8.0 4,419 +1.6%
  Ind. Conservative 0 0 0 0 0.0 1.7 958 +1.7%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.5 276 -1.6%

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

Party Previous council New council
Conservatives 21 17
Labour 15 16
Liberal Democrat 9 12
Independent Ratepayers & Residents 5 5
Independent 1 1
Total 51 51
Working majority  -9   -17 

Ward results

Bickenhill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Elizabeth Plaister 1,667 48.3 +7.4
Labour Brian Carter 1,282 37.1 -1.1
Independent Clifford Hards 276 8.0 +8.0
Liberal Democrats M. Dixon 228 6.6 -3.4
Majority 385 11.1 +8.6
Turnout 3,453 34.6 -3.6
Conservative hold Swing +4.2
Castle Bromwich[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Richards 2,140 59.6 +10.7
Labour Vera Wood 1,128 31.4 -10.8
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Merkens 321 8.9 +0.1
Majority 1,012 28.2 +21.5
Turnout 3,589 37.6 -0.4
Conservative hold Swing +10.7
Chelmsley Wood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Hill 1,329 73.2 -1.3
Conservative Graham Juniper 343 18.9 +3.5
Liberal Democrats C. Barber 143 7.9 -2.2
Majority 986 54.3 -4.8
Turnout 1,815 21.8 -2.0
Labour hold Swing -2.4
Elmdon[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Littley 1,937 55.0 -4.3
Conservative Donald Jones 1,274 36.2 +3.4
Liberal Democrats A. Blakeley 312 8.9 +0.8
Majority 663 18.8 -7.7
Turnout 3,523 43.5 -0.5
Labour hold Swing -3.8
Fordbridge[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Corser 970 70.6 -4.4
Conservative T. O'Riordan 238 17.3 +2.5
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Wright 96 7.0 +0.4
Independent Ratepayers John Rogers 70 5.1 +1.6
Majority 732 53.3 -7.0
Turnout 1,374 21.0 -2.7
Labour hold Swing -3.5
Kingshurst[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janet Fletcher 1,035 65.3 -5.6
Conservative Dorothy Wallace 414 26.1 +7.8
Liberal Democrats H. Edgington 136 8.6 -2.2
Majority 621 39.2 -13.4
Turnout 1,585 25.9 -3.5
Labour hold Swing -6.7
Knowle[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Leslie Kyles 2,163 63.8 +4.0
Liberal Democrats Bernard Wright 796 23.5 -2.5
Labour William Shaw 433 12.8 -1.5
Majority 1,367 40.3 +6.5
Turnout 3,392 37.4 -3.1
Conservative hold Swing +3.2
Lyndon[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Irene Chamberlain 1,738 58.0 -5.8
Conservative Neill Watts 672 22.4 +6.1
Labour Eric Collins 585 19.5 -0.3
Majority 1,066 35.6 -8.5
Turnout 2,995 37.4 -1.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -6.0
Meriden[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Vincent 1,365 37.9 -13.3
Ind. Conservative M. Emm 958 26.6 +26.6
Labour Arthur Brill 827 22.9 -3.6
Liberal Democrats Richard Morris 454 12.6 -9.6
Majority 407 11.3 -13.3
Turnout 3,604 41.2 +4.5
Conservative hold Swing -19.9
Olton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Norman Davies 2,150 52.8 -4.8
Conservative Diana Holl-Allen 1,622 39.9 +6.7
Labour Frederick Nash 297 7.3 -1.9
Majority 528 13.0 -11.5
Turnout 4,069 43.3 -0.4
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing -5.7
Packwood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Anthony Dupont 2,178 48.3 -12.3
Conservative Kenneth Meeson 2,099 46.5 +13.3
Labour Irma Shaw 236 5.2 -1.0
Majority 79 1.7 -25.7
Turnout 4,513 43.9 -1.3
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing -12.8
Shirley East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats June Gandy 1,942 49.7 -4.3
Conservative Theresa Samuels 1,444 36.9 +5.2
Labour James Burman 523 13.4 -0.9
Majority 498 12.7 -9.5
Turnout 3,909 41.9 +0.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing -4.7
Shirley South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ratepayers Anti European Union Ursula Eames 2,489 61.6 +4.7
Labour Peter Ward 927 22.9 -2.3
Liberal Democrats D. Wilson 627 15.5 -2.4
Majority 1,562 38.6 +7.0
Turnout 4,043 30.0 -0.9
Independent Ratepayers hold Swing +3.5
Shirley West[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ratepayers Keith Williamson 1,860 62.8 +26.0
Labour Peter Metcalfe 781 26.4 +4.0
Liberal Democrats Anthony Verduyn 322 10.9 +4.3
Majority 1,079 36.4 +33.9
Turnout 2,963 32.1 -2.4
Independent Ratepayers hold Swing +11.0
Silhill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Hogarth 1,985 47.9 +4.9
Liberal Democrats David Puckering 1,568 37.8 +3.3
Labour Donald Bargery 591 14.3 -6.8
Majority 417 10.1 +1.6
Turnout 4,144 41.1 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing +0.8
Smith's Wood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Craig 1,393 73.9 -3.2
Conservative Timothy Vernon 328 17.4 +5.2
Liberal Democrats Olive Hogg 164 8.7 +1.3
Majority 1,065 56.5 -8.4
Turnout 1,885 22.6 -2.0
Labour hold Swing -4.2
St. Alphege[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Worley 2,727 63.6 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Brenda Chapple 1,015 23.7 +0.1
Labour Paul Tuxworth 547 12.8 -2.3
Majority 1,712 39.9 +2.2
Turnout 4,289 38.5 +0.4
Conservative hold Swing +1.1

By-elections between 1996 and 1998

Castle Bromwich by-election 18 July 1996[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,490 59.0 -0.6
Labour 794 31.5 +0.1
Liberal Democrats 236 9.4 +0.5
Majority 696 27.5 -0.7
Turnout 2,520 26.2 -11.4
Conservative hold Swing -0.3
Fordbridge by-election 24 October 1996[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 525 72.7 +2.1
Conservative 104 14.4 -2.9
Independent Ratepayer 56 7.8 +2.7
Liberal Democrats 37 5.1 -1.9
Majority 421 58.3 +5.0
Turnout 722 11.0 -10.0
Labour hold Swing +2.5
Kingshurst by-election 16 October 1997[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 345 62.5 -2.8
Conservative 175 31.7 +5.6
Liberal Democrats 32 5.8 -2.8
Majority 170 30.8 -8.4
Turnout 552 9.3 -16.6
Labour hold Swing -4.2
Silhill by-election 16 October 1997[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,328 46.1 -1.8
Liberal Democrats 1,235 42.9 +5.1
Labour 301 10.5 -3.8
Other 16 0.5 +0.5
Majority 93 3.2 -6.9
Turnout 2,880 28.1 -13.0
Conservative hold Swing -3.4

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, 2 May 1996", Solihull M.B.C.(1996).
  2. ^ "Vote 2012: Solihull". BBC News Online. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Local Authority Byelection Results". gwydir.demon.co.uk. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2012.