Map of the results of the 2012 Wyre Forest District Council election. Health Concern in pink, Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Liberals in orange and independent in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2012.
Map of the results of the 2012 Wyre Forest District Council election. Health Concern in pink, Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Liberals in orange and independent in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2012.

The 2012 Wyre Forest District Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Wyre Forest District Council in Worcestershire, 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

After the May 2011 Wyre Forest District Council election the Conservatives had a majority on the council with 24 councillors, compared to 6 for Labour, 5 Liberals, 4 Health Concern and 3 independents.[3] However, later that month one of the Liberal councillors, Graham Ballinger, defected to Health Concern.[4] A further change then came in July 2011, when Mumshad Ahamed, who had sat as an independent councillor since being expelled from the Conservative group in June 2009, joined the Labour party.[5]

14 of the 42 seats on the council were contested in 2012,[6] with the Conservatives, Labour and Health Concern having candidates for every seat.[7] The Conservatives defended 8 of the 14 seats, with 3 members of the council cabinet, Nathan Desmond, Marcus Hart and Julian Phillips, standing for re-election.[7]

Election result

The Conservatives lost four of the eight seats they were defending and so no longer had a majority on the council as they were left with 20 of the 42 councillors.[8] Health Concern were the main beneficiaries picking up three seats and holding two more to have 8 seats on the council.[8] This pulled them level to Labour who also had 8 councillors after making a gain of one seat, with Labour coming within five votes of taking another seat in Oldington and Foley Park from the Conservatives.[8] Independent Helen Dyke held her seat, while the only Liberal councillor to defend a seat, group leader Fran Oborski, successfully defended it after 39 years on the council.[8]

Wyre Forest local election result 2012[2][9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Health Concern 5 3 0 +3 35.7 31.2 6,640 +10.1%
  Conservative 4 0 4 -4 28.6 27.8 5,912 -10.8%
  Labour 3 2 1 +1 21.4 26.0 5,529 +2.1%
  Liberal 1 0 0 0 7.1 5.4 1,145 -0.5%
  Independent 1 0 0 0 7.1 3.9 826 +0.2%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 3.3 692 +1.4%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 2.3 484 +0.6%
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 34 -3.1%

Ward results

Aggborough and Spennells[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Helen Dyke 826 50.0 +12.4
Health Concern Keith Robertson 323 19.5 +9.6
Conservative Madeline Craddock 270 16.3 -9.5
Labour Vicky Smith 173 10.5 -0.3
Green Ronald Lee 61 3.7 +3.7
Majority 503 30.4 +18.6
Turnout 1,653 31.4 -11.3
Independent hold Swing
Areley Kings[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jamie Shaw 774 48.4 +13.6
Health Concern John Thomas 467 29.2 -0.4
Conservative Ken Henderson 357 22.3 -10.6
Majority 307 19.2 +17.2
Turnout 1,598 33.7 -9.1
Labour hold Swing
Bewdley and Arley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julian Phillips 772 41.1 -0.9
Health Concern Linda Candlin 657 35.0 +9.9
Labour Robert Ireland 448 23.9 -3.4
Majority 115 6.1 -8.6
Turnout 1,877 34.9 -11.7
Conservative hold Swing
Broadwaters[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Health Concern Mary Rayner 619 37.8 +11.2
Labour Mumshad Ahmed 581 35.5 +6.8
Conservative Juliet Smith 277 16.9 -8.0
Liberal Esther Smart 81 4.9 -2.0
Green Louise Ryan 80 4.9 +0.7
Majority 38 2.3
Turnout 1,638 27.5 -7.8
Health Concern gain from Labour Swing
Franche[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nigel Knowles 592 34.2 +3.7
Health Concern Caroline Shellie 441 25.5 +5.8
Conservative Nick Farress 435 25.2 -21.8
UKIP Tony Baker 191 11.0 +11.0
Green Phillip Oliver 36 2.1 +2.1
Liberal Democrats Michael Troth 34 2.0 -0.8
Majority 151 8.7
Turnout 1,729 31.2 -11.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Greenhill[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Health Concern Graham Ballinger 511 32.1 +16.5
Labour Steven Walker 426 26.8 +4.1
Liberal Rachel Lewis 296 18.6 -5.4
Conservative Sue Meekings 273 17.2 -15.6
Green Alexandra Heelis 85 5.3 +0.5
Majority 85 5.3
Turnout 1,591 25.5 -9.5
Health Concern hold Swing
Habberley and Blakebrook[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry McFarland 656 36.4 -1.5
Conservative Ken Prosser 524 29.1 -6.7
Health Concern Anthony Greenfield 404 22.4 +1.9
UKIP Neil Jukes 178 9.9 +9.9
Green Dave Finch 38 2.1 +0.0
Majority 132 7.3 +5.2
Turnout 1,800 34.6 -10.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Lickhill[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Health Concern Brian Glass 841 52.9 +8.9
Conservative Dave Little 446 28.1 -10.7
Labour Rob Lloyd 303 19.1 +1.8
Majority 395 24.8 +19.5
Turnout 1,590 29.0 -10.0
Health Concern hold Swing
Mitton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Health Concern Cliff Brewer 713 42.7 +7.8
Conservative John Holden 567 34.0 -2.1
Labour Gary Watson 278 16.7 -1.2
Green Stephen Brown 110 6.6 +2.6
Majority 146 8.8
Turnout 1,668 28.0 -10.4
Health Concern gain from Conservative Swing
Offmore and Comberton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Frances Oborski 768 43.6 -0.2
Health Concern John Stevenson 444 25.2 +25.2
Conservative Greta Smith 282 16.0 -19.6
Labour Lee Wright 266 15.1 -5.6
Majority 324 18.4 +10.2
Turnout 1,760 32.4 -9.2
Liberal hold Swing
Oldington and Foley Park[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nathan Desmond 261 30.5 -2.9
Labour Sam Arnold 256 29.9 +6.2
Health Concern Nicky Martin 190 22.2 +0.9
UKIP Heather Lacy 127 14.9 +14.9
Green Angela Hartwich 21 2.5 +2.5
Majority 5 0.6 -9.1
Turnout 855 22.6 -24.9
Conservative hold Swing
Rock[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Douglas Godwin 402 58.1 -4.2
Health Concern Jim Lawson 222 32.1 +32.1
Labour Gren Jones 68 9.8 +9.8
Majority 180 26.0 +1.4
Turnout 692 34.0 -14.0
Conservative hold Swing
Sutton Park[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marcus Hart 636 41.7 +1.5
Health Concern Chris Thomas 332 21.8 +2.8
Labour Lynn Hyde 307 20.1 +2.9
UKIP Michael Wrench 196 12.9 +2.8
Green Mike Whitbread 53 3.5 +0.5
Majority 304 19.9 -1.3
Turnout 1,524 26.7 -9.5
Conservative hold Swing
Wribbenhall[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Health Concern Liz Davies 476 37.0 +12.0
Conservative Andy Tromans 410 31.9 -12.7
Labour Paul Gittens 401 31.2 +13.7
Majority 66 5.1
Turnout 1,287 31.9 -39.3
Health Concern gain from Conservative Swing

References

  1. ^ "Vote 2012". BBC News Online. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Election results 2012: Non-Metro". The Guardian. NewsBank. 5 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Local authority elections: England". The Guardian. NewsBank. 7 May 2011.
  4. ^ "'Goodbye to a snake in grass'". The Shuttle. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  5. ^ "'Hypocrisy' over switch". The Shuttle. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  6. ^ Tomaney, William (21 April 2012). "Voter numbers increase in Wyre Forest". The Shuttle. NewsBank.
  7. ^ a b Meierhans, Jennifer (5 April 2012). "Candidates for Wyre Forest District Council elections". The Shuttle. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d Tomaney, William (4 May 2012). "ICHC makes gains as Conservatives lose overall control on election night". The Shuttle. NewsBank.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "2012 Results Breakdown - Full Breakdown by division". Wyre Forest District Council. Retrieved 19 April 2015.