Map of the results of the 2019 Cannock Chase District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Greens in green and the Liberal Democrats in yellow.
Map of the results of the 2019 Cannock Chase District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Greens in green and the Liberal Democrats in yellow.

Elections to Cannock Chase District Council took place on 2 May 2019 on the same day as other local elections in England, including to several parish councils in the district.[1] All of the council's wards were up for election, meaning a total of 15 councillors were elected.

Before the election, the Labour Party held control of the council with 21 seats, a majority of one. They were aiming to defend the six seats they won at the 2015 election as well as another in Hednesford Green Heath which they gained at a by-election in September 2017. Labour lost four of the seven seats they were defending and only gained one, meaning they lost their overall majority on the council. Four Labour candidates stood as joint Labour and Co-operative candidates and one was elected adding to the three councillors who also represented the Co-operative Party on the council.

The Conservatives had previously strengthened their position as the largest opposition group on the council at the previous elections and maintained their total of 15 seats. They lost one seat to the Green Party and another to Labour but also gained two seats from Labour, including one of the Hednesford seats they lost in the 2017 by-elections.

The Green Party had not won any seats in 2015 but went on to gain one seat in 2016, one seat in the 2017 by-elections and another in 2018. They retained their by-election seat and gained two seats, one from Labour and another from the Conservatives, to take their total up to five seats.

The Liberal Democrats only fielded two candidates this year: one in Brereton & Ravenhill and one in Rawnsley, both former strongholds of theirs. They succeeded in regaining Brereton & Ravenhill which they had lost to Labour in 2015. UKIP stood in six wards and increased their share of the vote compared to 2018 but did not gain any seats. Two independent candidates also stood but neither were elected.

Results

Cannock Chase District Council election, 2019
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 7 2 2 Steady0 46.7 36.9 7,134 Steady0.0
  Labour 4 1 4 Decrease3 28.6 30.3 5,865 Decrease3.4
  Green 3 2 0 Increase2 21.4 20.0 3,875 Increase15.7
  Liberal Democrats 1 1 0 Increase1 7.1 3.4 655 Increase0.3
  UKIP 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 8.2 1,589 Decrease12.6
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 1.2 237 Steady0.0

Council Composition

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

21 15 3 1 1
Labour Conservative Green LD Ind

After the election, the composition of the council was:

18 15 5 2 1
Labour Conservative Green LD Ind

Ward results

Vote share changes are based on the results achieved by parties in 2015 election when these seats were last contested, except from the Hednesford Green Heath and Hednesford South wards which were last contested at by-elections in 2017.

Brereton and Ravenhill

Brereton and Ravenhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Gerald Molineux 598 42.9 Increase19.1
Labour Co-op Darren Foley 523 37.5 Increase5.5
Conservative Phil Jones 273 19.6 Decrease2.9
Majority 75 5.4 N/A
Turnout 1,394 27.4 Decrease36.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Co-op Swing Increase6.8

Cannock East

Cannock East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Johnson 578 42.1 Decrease3.0
UKIP Mick Howes 342 24.9 Increase2.2
Conservative Johnny McMahon 329 24.0 Decrease5.6
Green Arlette Carmichael 124 9.0 Increase6.3
Majority 236 17.2 Increase1.7
Turnout 1,373 26.1 Decrease33.1
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.6

Cannock North

Cannock North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrea Layton 613 53.5 Increase4.7
Conservative John Dawkins 269 23.5 Decrease0.5
Green Jodie Winter 264 23.0 Increase19.5
Majority 344 30.0 Increase5.2
Turnout 1,146 22.3 Decrease35.1
Labour hold Swing Increase2.6

Cannock South

Cannock South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Kraujalis 565 38.7 Decrease1.3
Conservative Peter Kruskonjic 467 32.0 Decrease2.3
UKIP Kev Whittaker 305 20.9 Decrease0.6
Green Scarlett Ward 124 8.5 Increase4.3
Majority 98 6.7 Increase1.0
Turnout 1,461 24.5 Decrease32.7
Labour hold Swing Increase0.5

Cannock West

Cannock West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Val Jones 1,097 62.8 Increase8.4
Labour Michael Holder 363 20.8 Decrease4.5
Green Marie Smith 286 16.4 Increase12.3
Majority 734 42.0 Increase12.9
Turnout 1,746 31.0 Decrease39.5
Conservative hold Swing Increase6.5

Etching Hill and the Heath

Etching Hill and the Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Sutherland 805 60.0 Increase22.3
Green Michael Sheridan 291 21.7 Increase17.3
Labour Kieran Tait-Green 246 18.3 Decrease7.9
Majority 514 38.3 Increase26.8
Turnout 1,342 26.7 Decrease39.0
Conservative hold Swing Increase15.1

Hagley

Hagley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rob Hughes 299 41.4 Increase10.1
Labour Jess Cooper 267 37.0 Decrease2.3
Green Stuart Kennedy 156 21.6 Increase19.6
Majority 32 4.4 N/A
Turnout 722 22.5 Decrease37.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase6.2

Hawks Green

Hawks Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adrienne Fitzgerald 552 43.7 Decrease4.2
Labour Co-op Les Bullock 212 16.8 Decrease6.4
UKIP Robert Pitcher 209 16.5 Decrease5.8
Independent John Bernard 163 12.9 N/A
Green David Green 127 10.1 Increase5.9
Majority 340 26.9 Increase2.2
Turnout 1,263 23.5 Decrease42.2
Conservative hold Swing Increase1.1

Heath Hayes East & Wimblebury

Heath Hayes East & Wimblebury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samantha Thompson 435 37.1 Decrease1.6
Labour Co-op Paul Dadge 354 30.2 Decrease0.7
UKIP Dave Morris 269 23.0 Increase4.8
Green Ken Beardmore 114 9.7 Increase6.6
Majority 81 6.9 Decrease0.8
Turnout 1,172 24.9 Decrease40.6
Conservative hold Swing Decrease0.5

Hednesford Green Heath

Hednesford Green Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bryan Jones 391 34.1 Decrease2.7
Labour Linda Tait ^ 378 32.9 Decrease11.0
UKIP Dave Percox 172 15.0 Increase11.5
Green Brian Apter 133 11.6 Increase1.1
Independent Ron Turville 74 6.4 Increase1.3
Majority 13 1.2 N/A
Turnout 1,148 24.5 Increase4.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase6.2

^ Linda Tait was the sitting councillor for the Hednesford Green Heath ward after gaining it from the Conservatives in a 2017 by-election. Changes to vote shares, turnout and swing is compared with the by-election, not the 2015 election.

Hednesford North

Hednesford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Mandy Dunnett 517 41.7 Increase37.5
Labour Jacquie Prestwood 389 31.3 Decrease8.9
Conservative Diane Bennett 335 27.0 Decrease3.8
Majority 128 10.4 N/A
Turnout 1,241 24.4 Decrease36.5
Green gain from Labour Swing Increase23.2

Hednesford South

Hednesford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Stuart Crabtree ^ 720 60.7 Increase12.4
Conservative Wendy Yates 329 27.7 Decrease1.6
Labour Doris Grice 138 11.6 Decrease6.3
Majority 391 33.0 Increase7.0
Turnout 1,187 29.8 Increase10.8
Green hold Swing Increase7.0

^ Stuart Crabtree was the sitting councillor for the Hednesford South ward after gaining it from the Conservatives in a 2017 by-election. Changes to vote shares, turnout and swing is compared with the by-election, not the 2015 election.

Norton Canes

Norton Canes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Josh Newbury 737 45.0 Increase10.1
Conservative Mike Hoare 519 31.7 Decrease8.0
UKIP Paul Allen 292 17.8 Decrease3.1
Green Glen Tapper 89 5.4 Increase2.8
Majority 218 13.3 N/A
Turnout 1,637 28.4 Decrease36.4
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing Increase9.1

Rawnsley

Rawnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Andrea Muckley 672 55.8 Increase41.2
Conservative Philippa Haden 318 26.4 Decrease6.7
Labour Mark Deakin 158 13.1 Decrease17.0
Liberal Democrats Pat Ansell 57 4.7 Increase1.6
Majority 354 29.4 N/A
Turnout 1,205 33.8 Decrease34.4
Green gain from Conservative Swing Increase24.0

Western Springs

Western Springs
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Boucker 716 54.3 Increase13.6
Labour David Gaye 344 26.1 Decrease4.4
Green Warren Cocker 258 19.6 Increase16.4
Majority 372 28.2 Increase18.0
Turnout 1,318 27.1 Decrease35.2
Conservative hold Swing Increase9.0

References

  1. ^ "Cannock Chase District Council election, 2019". Cannock Chase District Council. Retrieved 5 May 2019.