Map of the results of the 2011 Wyre Forest District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Health Concern in pink, Liberals in orange and independent in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2011.
Map of the results of the 2011 Wyre Forest District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Health Concern in pink, Liberals in orange and independent in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2011.

The 2011 Wyre Forest District Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Wyre Forest District Council in Worcestershire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background

After the last election in 2010 the Conservatives had a majority on the council with 23 seats, compared to 8 for Health Concern, 5 Liberals, 3 Labour, 2 Liberal Democrats and 1 independent.[3] However, in late May 2010 the leader of Health Concern on the council, Howard Martin, left the party to sit as an independent and went on to join Labour in September 2010.[4] Another change came in March 2011 when both of the Liberal Democrat councillors, husband and wife Peter and Helen Dyke, left the party to become independents due to disillusionment with the national Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.[5]

Election result

The Conservatives retained a majority on the council with 24 councillors and gained a seat from Health Concern in Mitton.[2][6][7] Labour were the other party to make gains, taking an extra 2 seats, including gaining Areley Kings from Health Concern by 39 votes.[2][8] This made Labour the second largest party on the council with six seats, while Health Concern dropped three to have four seats.[9] Meanwhile, Peter Dyke held Aggborough and Spennells as an independent, after having left the Liberal Democrats earlier in the year.[10]

Wyre Forest local election result 2011[2][11]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 7 1 0 +1 50.0 38.6 10,669 -0.5%
  Labour 4 2 0 +2 28.6 23.9 6,617 +5.3%
  Health Concern 1 0 3 -3 7.1 21.1 5,825 -3.7%
  Liberal 1 0 0 0 7.1 5.9 1,634 -1.0%
  Independent 1 0 0 0 7.1 3.7 1,012 +3.7%
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 0 0 3.3 909 -6.7%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 1.9 512 +1.9%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.7 462 +0.1%

Ward results

Aggborough and Spennells[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Peter Dyke 831 37.6 +37.6
Conservative Gill Onslow 570 25.8 -12.3
Labour Dan Watson 239 10.8 -0.1
Health Concern Liz Davies 220 9.9 -6.8
Liberal Democrats Michael Troth 203 9.2 -25.1
UKIP Tony Baker 149 6.7 +6.7
Majority 261 11.8
Turnout 2,212 42.7 -25.3
Independent hold Swing
Areley Kings[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Vi Higgs 691 34.8 +9.8
Conservative Ken Henderson 652 32.9 -3.3
Health Concern John Thomas 588 29.6 -9.2
Liberal Democrats John Stephen 53 2.7 +2.7
Majority 39 2.0
Turnout 1,984 42.8 -23.3
Labour gain from Health Concern Swing
Bewdley and Arley[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jenny Greener 1,047 42.0 +2.1
Labour Paul Gittins 681 27.3 +13.2
Health Concern Derek Killingworth 626 25.1 -2.4
Liberal Democrats Jayne Smith 141 5.7 -12.7
Majority 366 14.7 +2.3
Turnout 2,495 46.6 -26.3
Conservative hold Swing
Blakedown and Chaddesley[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Williams 1,247 78.6 +11.2
Labour Matthew Nicholls 198 12.5 +2.8
Liberal Democrats Jean Prosser 142 8.9 +8.9
Majority 1,049 66.1 +21.6
Turnout 1,587 48.9 -27.6
Conservative hold Swing
Broadwaters[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Adrian Sewell 602 28.7 +6.4
Health Concern Mary Rayner 558 26.6 -11.8
Conservative Juliet Smith 521 24.9 -7.8
Independent Steven Walker 181 8.6 +8.6
Liberal Mark Haynes 144 6.9 +6.9
Green Phil Oliver 89 4.2 -2.4
Majority 44 2.1
Turnout 2,095 35.3 -23.7
Labour gain from Health Concern Swing
Cookley[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Nicholls 538 55.5 +8.6
Conservative Greta Smith 235 24.2 +0.8
Health Concern Les Rising 197 20.3 +6.9
Majority 303 31.2 +7.7
Turnout 970 47.4 -1.0
Labour hold Swing
Franche[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anne Hingley 1,098 47.0 +10.3
Labour Nigel Knowles 714 30.5 +5.3
Health Concern Michael Shellie 460 19.7 -3.9
Liberal Democrats Steven Burns 66 2.8 -9.1
Majority 384 16.4 +4.9
Turnout 2,338 42.7 -26.1
Conservative hold Swing
Greenhill[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Harrison 701 32.8 +1.4
Liberal John Stevenson 513 24.0 -17.7
Labour Vicky Smith 484 22.7 +2.4
Health Concern Chris Thomas 333 15.6 +15.6
Green Alexandra Heelis 103 4.8 -1.8
Majority 188 8.8
Turnout 2,134 35.0 -26.8
Conservative hold Swing
Habberley and Blakebrook[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Kelly 895 37.9 +13.6
Conservative Susan Meekings 845 35.8 -1.0
Health Concern Jim Lawson 485 20.5 -3.0
Liberal Democrats Clare Cassidy 87 3.7 -9.5
Green Dave Finch 50 2.1 -0.1
Majority 50 2.1
Turnout 2,362 45.3 -21.5
Labour hold Swing
Lickhill[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Health Concern Jim Parish 925 44.0 +2.0
Conservative David Little 813 38.7 -0.6
Labour Jennifer Knowles 363 17.3 -1.4
Majority 112 5.3 +2.6
Turnout 2,101 39.0 -27.2
Health Concern hold Swing
Mitton[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Rogers 805 36.1 -9.9
Health Concern Cliff Brewer 778 34.9 -0.9
Labour Gary Watson 399 17.9 -0.4
UKIP Bill Jones 156 7.0 +7.0
Green Steve Brown 89 4.0 +4.0
Majority 27 1.2 -9.0
Turnout 2,227 38.4 -29.0
Conservative gain from Health Concern Swing
Offmore and Comberton[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Michael Price 977 43.8 -1.4
Conservative Averil Chinn 794 35.6 +6.9
Labour Lee Wright 461 20.7 +7.3
Majority 183 8.2 -8.3
Turnout 2,232 41.6 -26.7
Liberal hold Swing
Sutton Park[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tracey Onslow 822 40.2 -2.0
Health Concern Linda Candlin 388 19.0 +1.0
Labour Bill Bradley 352 17.2 -0.9
Liberal Democrats Adrian Beavis 217 10.6 -7.7
UKIP Michael Wrench 207 10.1 +10.1
Green Mike Whitbread 61 3.0 -0.4
Majority 434 21.2 -2.7
Turnout 2,047 36.2 -23.3
Conservative hold Swing
Wolverley[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hart 519 60.6 +5.0
Health Concern Caroline Shellie 267 31.2 -2.9
Green Kate Spohrer 70 8.2 +2.2
Majority 252 29.4 +7.9
Turnout 856 50.4 -1.9
Conservative hold Swing

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