Map of the results of the 2015 Cannock Chase District Council election. Conservatives in blue and Labour in red.
Map of the results of the 2015 Cannock Chase District Council election. Conservatives in blue and Labour in red.

Elections to Cannock Chase District Council took place on 7 May 2015 on the same day as other local elections in England as well as a general election.[1] A third of the council was up for election, meaning a total of 15 councillors were elected from all of the council's wards.

The Labour Party held control of the council but with a reduced majority of two compared with the previous election. Labour gained a seat from the Liberal Democrats in Brereton and Ravenhill but suffered a net loss of three due to losses elsewhere.

The Conservative Party won the highest number of seats and votes, gaining four seats from Labour and one from the Lib Dems as well as holding the four seats they had won at the 2011 election. They also regained two seats from councillors who had defected since 2011, one who went to UKIP and one who became an independent.

UKIP came a strong third, gaining over 20% of the votes but no seats, leaving them with five seats on the council, meaning they lost their status as the main opposition party. The Liberal Democrats saw their vote share collapse and they lost the two seats they had won in 2011, leaving them with one councillor. The Green Party contested an election in the district for the first time, putting up a candidate in every ward and coming fourth in terms of vote share.

Results

Cannock Chase District Council election, 2015
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 9 5 0 Increase5 60.0 36.9 17,389 Decrease0.8
  Labour 6 1 4 Decrease3 40.0 33.7 15,872 Decrease7.8
  UKIP 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 20.8 9,780 N/A
  Green 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 4.3 2,014 N/A
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 2 Decrease2 0.0 3.1 1,479 Decrease23.7
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 1.2 551 N/A

Council Composition

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

25 6 5 3 2
Labour UKIP Conservative Lib Dem Ind

After the election, the composition of the council was:

22 12 5 1 1
Labour Conservative UKIP LD Ind

Ward results

Vote share changes are based on the results achieved by parties in 2011 when these seats were last contested.

Brereton and Ravenhill

Brereton and Ravenhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Darren Foley 1,037 32.0 Decrease3.3
Liberal Democrats Paul Fisher 772 23.8 Decrease17.6
Conservative John Rowley 728 22.5 Decrease0.8
UKIP George Neville 601 18.6 N/A
Green Paul McCarthy 99 3.1 N/A
Majority 265 8.2 N/A
Turnout 3,262 63.4 Increase29.9
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing Increase7.2

Cannock East

Cannock East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Johnson 1,395 45.1 Decrease15.4
Conservative Clive Smith 915 29.6 Decrease9.9
UKIP David Morris 703 22.7 N/A
Green Vanessa Ramkorun 83 2.7 N/A
Majority 480 15.5 Decrease5.5
Turnout 3,107 59.2 Increase27.6
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.8

Cannock North

Cannock North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jessica Cooper 1,557 48.8 Decrease18.0
Conservative Philip Jones 766 24.0 Increase1.3
UKIP Amanda Capewell 758 23.7 N/A
Green Jodie Winter 112 3.5 N/A
Majority 791 24.8 Decrease19.3
Turnout 3,199 57.4 Increase28.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease9.7

Cannock South

Cannock South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Kraujalis 1,349 40.0 Decrease13.3
Conservative Daniel Snape 1,156 34.3 Increase0.1
UKIP Kevin Whittaker 725 21.5 N/A
Green Leo Harrison 140 4.2 N/A
Majority 193 5.7 Decrease13.4
Turnout 3,388 57.2 Increase26.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease6.7

Cannock West

Cannock West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Snape 2,173 54.4 Decrease4.5
Labour Patrick Frondigoun 1,011 25.3 Decrease5.9
UKIP Robert Branson 645 16.2 N/A
Green Maire Smith 164 4.1 N/A
Majority 1,162 29.1 Increase1.4
Turnout 4,005 70.5 Increase28.4
Conservative hold Swing Increase0.7

Etching Hill and the Heath

Etching Hill and the Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jim Bowater 1,311 37.7 Decrease11.7
Labour Wes Davies 909 26.2 Increase10.9
UKIP Margaret Dean 672 19.3 N/A
Liberal Democrats Raymond Jones 429 12.3 Decrease38.3
Green Marc Ganley 153 4.4 N/A
Majority 402 11.5 N/A
Turnout 3,493 65.7 Increase33.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing Increase13.3

Hagley

Hagley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michelle Dudson 790 39.3 Decrease5.6
Conservative Richard Alexander 629 31.3 Increase8.7
UKIP Susan Morris 371 18.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Patricia Ansell 128 6.4 Decrease26.2
Independent Patricia Williams 51 2.5 N/A
Green David Thawley 40 2.0 N/A
Majority 161 8.0 Decrease14.3
Turnout 2,016 59.8 Increase27.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease7.2

Hawks Green

Hawks Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Sutherland 1,753 47.9 Decrease2.0
Labour Craig Woods 849 23.2 Decrease9.4
UKIP John Bernard ^ 818 22.3 N/A
Green Christian Pearce 152 4.2 N/A
Independent Sean Gleeson 88 2.4 N/A
Majority 904 24.7 Increase7.4
Turnout 3,681 65.7 Increase36.7
Conservative hold Swing Increase3.7

^ John Bernard was the sitting councillor for the Hawks Green ward and previously defected from the Conservatives to UKIP.

Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury

Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Lea 1,207 38.7 Increase1.3
Labour Alison Spicer 964 30.9 Decrease11.2
UKIP Wayne Lewis 695 22.3 N/A
Independent Les Bullock 141 4.5 N/A
Green Kenny Beardmore 110 3.5 N/A
Majority 243 7.8 N/A
Turnout 3,138 63.3 Increase31.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase6.3

Hednesford Green Heath

Hednesford Green Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Burnett 1,026 40.5 Increase6.7
Labour Bob Todd 831 32.8 Decrease11.5
UKIP Michael Sage 461 18.2 N/A
Independent Ronald Turville 134 5.3 N/A
Green Sharon Read 79 3.1 N/A
Majority 195 7.7 N/A
Turnout 2,550 65.5 Increase32.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase9.1

Hednesford North

Hednesford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Doris Grice 1,307 40.2 Decrease18.3
Conservative James Moffat 1,000 30.8 Decrease0.2
UKIP Linda Whitehouse 806 24.8 N/A
Green Glen Tapper 137 4.2 N/A
Majority 307 9.4 Decrease18.1
Turnout 3,278 60.9 Increase30.1
Labour hold Swing Decrease9.1

Hednesford South

Hednesford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joanne Christian 1,115 41.2 Increase9.8
Labour Gordon Ball 842 31.1 Decrease12.6
UKIP Mark Deakin 580 21.4 N/A
Green Paul Woodhead 169 6.2 N/A
Majority 273 10.1 N/A
Turnout 2,729 65.3 Increase31.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase11.2

Norton Canes

Norton Canes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Hoare 1,447 39.7 Decrease7.1
Labour Mike Holder 1,273 34.9 Decrease14.8
UKIP Christopher Cox 762 20.9 N/A
Green Richard Jenking 95 2.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Ken Ansell 70 1.9 Decrease1.6
Majority 174 4.8 N/A
Turnout 3,671 64.8 Increase31.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase3.9

Rawnsley

Rawnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Claire Peake 857 33.1 Decrease6.1
Labour Sue Holliday 780 30.1 Decrease6.9
UKIP Susan Hardman 496 19.1 N/A
Green Arlette Carmichael 378 14.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Darrell Mawle 80 3.1 Decrease20.7
Majority 77 3.0 Increase0.8
Turnout 2,595 68.2 Increase28.7
Conservative hold Swing Increase0.4

Western Springs

Western Springs
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anne Allt 1,306 40.7 Increase1.7
Labour Craig Brown 978 30.5 Increase3.5
UKIP Daniel Davies 687 21.4 N/A
Independent Neil Stanley 137 4.3 N/A
Green Michael Lees 103 3.2 N/A
Majority 328 10.2 Decrease1.8
Turnout 3,223 62.3 Increase30.4
Conservative hold Swing Decrease0.9

References

  1. ^ Cannock Chase District Council election, 2015 results, Cannock Chase District Council website