Map of the results of the 2011 Cannock Chase District Council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.
Map of the results of the 2011 Cannock Chase District Council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

Elections to Cannock Chase District Council took place on 5 May 2011 on the same day as other local elections in England and the Alternative Vote referendum.[1] A total of 15 councillors were elected from all of the council's wards as a third of the council was up for election.

The Labour Party was aiming to supplant the Liberal Democrats as the largest party on the council. The Conservatives were aiming to build on modest gains made in 2010, particularly from the Liberal Democrats around Rugeley. The result had the potential to have a significant impact on the dominance of the Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition on the council.

Following the election, Labour emerged as the largest party on the council, albeit short of the 21 seats required for an overall majority. They gained two seats, one from the Conservatives and another from the Liberal Democrats. They also successfully held on to their seats won at the 2007 election and went on to form a minority administration following the election.

The Conservatives came a fairly close second in terms of vote share but won less than half the number of seats that Labour did. Despite losing a seat to Labour in Hednesford, they still managed a net gain of one seat thanks to them winning two seats from the Liberal Democrats in Rawnsley and Rugeley.

The Liberal Democrats had won five wards when these seats were last contested and were the largest party on the council with 17 seats. However, their three-seat loss, combined with councillors who had defected to them not standing for re-election, meant that the Liberal Democrats slipped to being the third largest party with 11 seats.

Also standing was one candidate from the British National Party and two candidates from The Chase Independent Party; none of these candidates were successful and so there remained only three parties represented on the council.

Election result

Cannock Chase District Council election, 2011
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 9 2 0 Increase2 60.0 41.6 10,269 Increase4.9
  Conservative 4 2 1 Increase1 26.7 38.4 9,475 Increase3.5
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 3 Decrease3 13.3 18.2 4,486 Decrease5.3
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 1.1 269 N/A
  BNP 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 0.7 167 Decrease1.3

Council Composition

Prior to the election, the composition of the council was:

17 14 10
Lib Dem Labour Conservative

After the election, the composition of the council was:

17 13 11
Labour Conservative Lib Dem

Ward results

Vote share changes are based on the results achieved by parties in 2007 when these seats were last contested.

Brereton and Ravenhill

Brereton and Ravenhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Paul Fisher 705 41.4 Decrease11.2
Labour Brian Bottomer 601 35.3 Increase8.7
Conservative Andie Wilkinson 396 23.3 Increase1.5
Majority 104 6.1 Decrease19.9
Turnout 1,702 33.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease10.0

Cannock East

Cannock East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janos Toth 1,059 60.5 Increase2.7
Conservative Claire Wixon 691 39.5 Increase8.7
Majority 368 21.0 Decrease6.0
Turnout 1,750 31.6
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.0

Cannock North

Cannock North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dennis Dixon 1,057 66.8 Increase2.3
Conservative Jim Bowater 359 22.7 Increase2.9
BNP William Vaughan 167 10.5 N/A
Majority 698 44.1 Decrease0.6
Turnout 1,583 29.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease0.3

Cannock South

Cannock South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Kraujalis 947 53.3 Increase2.9
Conservative Amanda-Jane Holmes 608 34.2 Increase0.2
Liberal Democrats Phil Freeman 223 12.5 Increase5.6
Majority 339 19.1 Increase2.7
Turnout 1,778 31.0
Labour hold Swing Increase1.4

Cannock West

Cannock West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Snape 1,411 58.9 Decrease3.0
Labour William Lintern 748 31.2 Increase3.6
Liberal Democrats Wayne Goodwin 235 9.8 Decrease0.7
Majority 663 27.7 Decrease6.6
Turnout 2,394 42.1
Conservative hold Swing Decrease3.3

Etching Hill and The Heath

Etching Hill and The Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ray Jones 817 50.6 Increase0.3
Conservative Justin Johnson 799 49.4 Increase17.2
Majority 18 1.2 Decrease16.9
Turnout 1,616 32.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease8.5

Hagley

Hagley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Brown 493 44.9 Increase15.0
Liberal Democrats Neil Stanley 358 32.6 Decrease23.5
Conservative Philip Emery 248 22.6 Increase7.7
Majority 135 12.3 N/A
Turnout 1,099 32.3
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing Increase19.3

Hawks Green

Hawks Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Bernard 818 49.9 Increase4.3
Labour John Preece 534 32.6 Increase8.0
Liberal Democrats Keith Bennett 288 17.6 Increase5.7
Majority 284 17.3 Decrease3.7
Turnout 1,640 29.0
Conservative hold Swing Decrease1.9

Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury

Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alison Spicer 676 42.1 Increase1.7
Conservative Alan Dean 601 37.4 Decrease1.2
Liberal Democrats Chris Collis 330 20.5 Decrease0.6
Majority 75 4.7 Increase2.9
Turnout 1,607 32.3
Labour hold Swing Increase1.5

Hednesford Green Heath

Hednesford Green Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bob Todd 580 44.3 Increase8.0
Conservative Lisa Pearce 443 33.8 Decrease8.7
Independent Ron Turville 161 12.3 N/A
Liberal Democrats Darrell Mawle 126 9.6 Decrease11.6
Majority 137 10.5 N/A
Turnout 1,310 33.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase8.4

Hednesford North

Hednesford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Doris Grice 994 58.5 Increase12.4
Conservative Chris Anslow 526 31.0 Decrease5.4
Liberal Democrats Paul Buckle 178 10.5 Decrease7.1
Majority 468 27.5 Increase17.8
Turnout 1,698 30.8
Labour hold Swing Increase8.9

Hednesford South

Hednesford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Ball 621 43.7 Decrease1.9
Conservative Wayne Pearce 446 31.4 Increase3.5
Liberal Democrats Wendy Yates 247 17.4 Increase4.0
Independent Ann Turville 108 7.6 Decrease5.5
Majority 175 12.3 Decrease5.4
Turnout 1,422 33.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.7

Norton Canes

Norton Canes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Holder 961 49.7 Increase14.3
Conservative June Davies 905 46.8 Increase12.9
Liberal Democrats Ken Ansell 67 3.5 N/A
Majority 56 2.9 Increase1.4
Turnout 1,933 33.6
Labour hold Swing Increase0.7

Rawnsley

Rawnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jodie Jones 593 39.2 Increase3.3
Labour Brian Gamble 560 37.0 Increase10.2
Liberal Democrats Pat Ansell 361 23.8 Decrease13.5
Majority 33 2.2 N/A
Turnout 1,514 39.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing Increase8.4

Western Springs

Western Springs
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anne Allt 631 39.0 Increase7.2
Liberal Democrats Bob Meaden 551 34.0 Decrease10.9
Labour David Marsden 438 27.0 Increase3.7
Majority 80 5.0 N/A
Turnout 1,620 31.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing Increase9.1

References

  1. ^ "District Election Results 2011". Local Elections Archive Project (Andrew Teale). Retrieved 18 August 2016.