Map of the results of the 2011 Walsall council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.
Map of the results of the 2011 Walsall council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

The 2011 Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background

The council leader Mike Bird was one of the Conservatives who were defending seats at the election, along with a member of his cabinet Barbara McCracken.[3]

Election result

The results saw the Conservatives lose their majority on the council after Labour gained 8 seats, including 5 from the Conservatives.[4] This meant the Conservatives had 28 councillors compared to 26 for Labour, leaving the Liberal Democrats, down one on five seats, holding the balance.[4]

Following the election the Conservatives continued to run the council as a minority administration.[5]

Walsall Local Election Result 2011[1][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 12 8 0 +8 57.1 40.6 31,104 +9.3%
  Conservative 8 0 5 -5 38.1 40.0 30,592 +0.5%
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 1 -1 4.8 7.1 5,430 -9.0%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 5.8 4,467 +0.3%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 3.1 2,372 -0.3%
  Democratic Labour 0 0 1 -1 0 2.3 1,785 +0.9%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 307 -0.7%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 255 -1.1%
  English Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 210 +0.3%

Ward results

Aldridge Central and South (2)[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Rochelle 2,719
Conservative John Murray 2,553
Labour Angus McGhee 976
Labour Michael Johnson 967
Liberal Democrats Roy Sheward 632
UKIP Bruce Bennett 552
UKIP Malcolm Ford 378
Turnout 8,777 44.0 -24.5
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Aldridge North and Walsall Wood[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Flower 2,167 56.5 +2.8
Labour Bob Grainger 1,094 28.5 +6.5
BNP Terence Majorwicz 307 8.0 +8.0
Liberal Democrats Mark Greveson 267 7.0 -13.4
Majority 1,073 28.0 -3.7
Turnout 3,835 38.3 -26.3
Conservative hold Swing
Bentley and Darlaston North[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Keith Chambers 1,922 65.0 +22.2
Conservative Jeet Sohal 572 19.4 -10.6
UKIP Annette Ford 418 14.1 +2.2
Democratic Labour Alan Paddock 43 1.5 +0.6
Majority 1,350 45.7 +32.9
Turnout 2,955 32.1 -23.5
Labour hold Swing
Birchills-Leamore[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tim Oliver 1,574 55.0 +17.9
Conservative Kamran Aftab 961 33.6 +0.1
Liberal Democrats Roy Robinson 167 5.8 -6.9
Democratic Labour Alan Davies 158 5.5 +2.7
Majority 613 21.4 +17.8
Turnout 2,860 30.3 -20.4
Labour hold Swing
Blakenall[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Young 1,256 46.0 +5.1
Democratic Labour Peter Smith 928 34.0 +14.4
Conservative Muhammed Afzal 453 16.6 -10.1
Liberal Democrats Robert Pearce 95 3.5 -9.3
Majority 328 12.0 -2.2
Turnout 2,732 32.4 -13.9
Labour gain from Democratic Labour Swing
Bloxwich East[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shaun Fitzpatrick 1,205 42.8 +1.6
Conservative Les Beeley 1,191 42.3 +6.5
UKIP Alan Sheath 229 8.1 -2.1
Democratic Labour Stephen Baggott 107 3.8 +0.0
Liberal Democrats Chris Cockayne 81 2.9 -6.2
Majority 14 0.5 -4.9
Turnout 2,813 33.0 -21.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Bloxwich West[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sue Fletcher-Hall 1,438 45.2 +10.1
Conservative Des Pitt 1,360 42.8 +2.1
Democratic Labour Michael Ross 234 7.4 +7.4
Liberal Democrats Jeanette Pearce 146 4.6 -5.2
Majority 78 2.5
Turnout 3,178 33.3 -26.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Brownhills[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barbara Cassidy 1,758 52.8 +16.1
Conservative Vivienne Aston 1,279 38.4 -2.9
Liberal Democrats Ian Ryan 219 6.6 -10.5
Democratic Labour Andrew Bradburn 72 2.2 +0.3
Majority 479 14.4
Turnout 3,328 34.0 -24.7
Labour hold Swing
Darlaston South[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Douglas James 1,205 41.5 +7.1
Independent Chris Bott 1,112 38.3 +2.3
Conservative Michelle Martin 334 11.5 -8.3
Independent Ashley Lovell 138 4.8 +4.8
Green Tim Martin 114 3.9 +3.9
Majority 93 3.2
Turnout 2,903 31.2 -22.3
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Paddock[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barbara McCracken 2,124 41.8 -1.1
Labour Nasar Ali 1,795 35.3 +7.5
Independent Barry Sanders 570 11.2 +2.0
UKIP Derek Bennett 471 9.3 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Abdul Malik 119 2.3 -8.4
Majority 329 6.5 -8.5
Turnout 5,079 52.8 -18.6
Conservative hold Swing
Palfrey[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Allah Ditta 3,008 60.2 +10.0
Conservative Mohammad Yasin 1,755 35.1 +4.2
Liberal Democrats Sadat Hussain 235 4.7 -14.2
Majority 1,253 25.1 +5.8
Turnout 4,998 48.4 -15.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Pelsall[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marco Longhi 2,085 57.3 +11.4
Labour Stephen Wade 979 26.9 +8.4
UKIP Dorothy Sheath 315 8.7 +2.6
Liberal Democrats Shirley Balgobin 185 5.1 +5.1
Democratic Labour Derek Roddy 77 2.1 +0.9
Majority 1,106 30.4 +4.1
Turnout 3,641 41.0 -25.9
Conservative hold Swing
Pheasey Park Farm[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Bird 1,782 48.3 -1.8
Labour Jack Kelly 1,161 31.5 +6.2
UKIP Steven Grey 429 11.6 -1.6
English Democrat Christopher Newey 210 5.7 +5.7
Liberal Democrats Anne Willoughby 104 2.8 -8.6
Majority 621 16.8 -7.9
Turnout 3,686 42.4 -26.2
Conservative hold Swing
Pleck[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Khazar Hussain 2,449 58.5 +17.2
Conservative Mushtaq Ahmed 767 18.3 -13.3
Independent Mark Dabbs 475 11.3 +5.2
Liberal Democrats Mohammed Yaqub 331 7.9 -6.4
Democratic Labour Brian Powell 166 4.0 +4.0
Majority 1,682 40.2 +30.5
Turnout 4,188 43.8 -16.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Rushall-Shelfield[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lorna Rattigan 1,337 42.2 -1.6
Labour Richard Worrall 1,309 41.3 +14.3
UKIP Timothy Melville 273 8.6 +0.4
Liberal Democrats Roy Smitb 159 5.0 -12.8
Green Mike Walters 92 2.9 -0.3
Majority 28 0.9 -15.9
Turnout 3,170 35.5 -24.8
Conservative hold Swing
Short Heath[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Daniel Barker 924 31.3 -6.9
Labour Doug Cleaver 813 27.5 +5.2
Conservative Theresa Smith 805 27.2 -1.5
UKIP Darren Hazell 287 9.7 -1.0
Independent Malcolm Moore 77 2.6 +2.6
Green Leandra Gebrakedan 49 1.7 +1.7
Majority 111 3.8 -5.7
Turnout 2,955 32.9 -26.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
St. Matthews[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eileen Russell 1,984 47.2 +11.4
Conservative Gerry McCracken 1,650 39.2 -2.9
Liberal Democrats Khosru Miah 287 6.8 -7.4
UKIP Rita Oakley 284 6.8 +6.8
Majority 334 7.9
Turnout 4,205 42.7 -20.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Streetly[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Clarke 2,897 60.6 +0.4
Labour Steven King 1,200 25.1 +7.3
UKIP Paul Valdmanis 391 8.2 +1.3
Liberal Democrats John Garfitt 294 6.1 -7.7
Majority 1,697 35.5 -6.9
Turnout 4,782 44.3 -26.9
Conservative hold Swing
Willenhall North[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gareth Illmann-Walker 1,012 30.9 +8.9
Liberal Democrats Peter Hughes 943 28.8 -4.1
Conservative Abi Pitt 875 26.8 -2.0
UKIP Liz Hazell 440 13.5 +7.1
Majority 69 2.1
Turnout 3,270 34.6 -27.1
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Willenhall South[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carl Creaney 1,999 63.1 +18.0
Conservative Clive Rudd 926 29.2 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Uppal Singh 242 7.6 -15.3
Majority 1,073 33.9 +18.1
Turnout 3,167 29.7 -24.6
Labour hold Swing

References

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