Elections to Cannock Chase District Council took place on 5 May 2022[1] on the same day as other local elections in England, Scotland and Wales. All but two of the council's wards were up for election, meaning a total of 13 councillors were elected.

At the previous local election in Cannock Chase, the Conservatives won their first overall majority in the history of the council. They were defending five seats and hoping to gain further seats in order to expand their majority. Labour had suffered a complete wipeout in 2021, losing all of the nine seats they were defending; they were therefore hoping to bounce back from this result and retain the six wards they won in 2018. One councillor who had defected from the Green Party to the localist Chase Community Independent Group stood down, with the latter opting not to contest that seat; the Chase Indies instead hoped to make gains elsewhere. The Liberal Democrats were defending one seat and did not field a candidate in any other wards.

The result was a minimal change compared to when these seats were last contested in 2018. The Conservatives held their five wards and gained one from Labour who in turn held their remaining five seats.[2] It was no change elsewhere in the district: the Green Party regained the Rawnsley ward and the Liberal Democrats held their Brereton and Ravenhill seat.[3] Across the district, there was a small 1% swing to Labour compared to 2018; compared to 2021, the swing to Labour was 9.6%, reflecting the substantial change since the Conservatives' landslide victory.

Results

Cannock Chase District Council election, 2022
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 6 1 0 Increase1 46.1 42.1 7,675 Decrease1.9
  Labour 5 0 1 Decrease1 38.5 38.0 6,929 Steady0.0
  Green 1 0 0 Steady0 7.7 6.1 1,112 Decrease2.3
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 0 Steady0 7.7 2.7 498 Decrease1.6
  Chase Indies 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 9.6 1,750 New
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 0.9 167 Decrease1.2
  Reform UK 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 0.4 87 New

Council Composition

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

24 9 4 2 1 1
Conservative Labour Chase Indies LD Grn Ind

After the election, the composition of the council was:

25 8 3 2 2 1
Conservative Labour Chase Inds LD Grn Ind

Ward results

Vote share changes are based on the results achieved by parties in 2016 when these seats were last contested.

Brereton and Ravenhill

Brereton and Ravenhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Paul Fisher 498 36.8 Decrease2.9
Labour Alan Dudson 473 35.0 Increase6.0
Conservative Toby Ashcroft 316 28.2 Increase2.1
Majority 25 1.8 N/A
Turnout 1,353 25.9 Decrease3.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease4.5

Cannock East

Cannock East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jacquie Prestwood 614 45.0 Decrease4.9
Conservative Hayley Rushton 596 43.7 Increase6.6
Chase Indies Samuel Mawle 85 6.2 N/A
Green Richard Jenking 68 7.5 Increase2.5
Majority 18 1.3 Decrease11.5
Turnout 1,363 25.6 Decrease0.1
Labour hold Swing Decrease5.8

Cannock North

Cannock North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sue Thornley 569 45.9 Decrease16.2
Conservative Lois Manning 362 29.2 Increase0.6
Independent Chris Harborow 167 13.5 N/A
Chase Indies Karl Perry 74 6.0 N/A
Green Carl Harwatt 69 5.6 Decrease3.7
Majority 207 16.7 Decrease16.8
Turnout 1,241 23.6 Decrease2.1
Labour hold Swing Decrease8.4

Cannock South

Cannock South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Pearson 651 44.6 Decrease1.7
Conservative Bill Kenny 636 43.5 Increase4.3
Chase Indies Ian Wallace 174 11.9 N/A
Majority 15 1.1 Decrease6.0
Turnout 1,461 24.1 Decrease0.5
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.0

Cannock West

Cannock West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Josh Bancroft 1,145 59.9 Decrease9.5
Labour Steve Thornley 527 27.6 Increase3.6
Chase Indies Sarah Findlay 135 7.1 N/A
Green Marie Smith 105 5.5 Decrease1.1
Majority 618 32.3 Decrease13.1
Turnout 1,912 33.8 Steady0.0
Conservative hold Swing Decrease6.6

Etching Hill and the Heath

Etching Hill and the Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Fletcher 728 48.0 Decrease7.4
Labour Co-op Darren Foley 535 35.3 Increase9.0
Chase Indies Ian Pyke 150 9.9 N/A
Green Michael Sheridan 131 6.8 Decrease0.8
Majority 193 12.7 Decrease16.4
Turnout 1,516 29.8 Increase2.0
Conservative hold Swing Decrease8.2

Hawks Green

Hawks Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paris Theodorou 626 45.6 Decrease13.5
Chase Indies Paul Dadge 359 26.1 N/A
Labour Pam Johnson 328 23.9 Decrease4.0
Green Warren Cocker 60 4.4 Decrease2.6
Majority 267 19.5 Decrease11.7
Turnout 1,373 25.4 Increase2.7
Conservative hold Swing Decrease19.8

Heath Hayes East & Wimblebury

Heath Hayes East & Wimblebury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martyn Buttery 478 41.5 Decrease2.4
Labour Diane Todd 413 35.9 Decrease2.3
Chase Indies Jodie Ashford 215 18.7 N/A
Green Stuart Kennedy 46 3.5 Decrease3.0
Majority 65 5.4 N/A
Turnout 1,152 24.1 Decrease0.4
Conservative hold Swing Decrease0.1

Hednesford Green Heath

Hednesford Green Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Jones 474 42.1 Increase0.2
Labour Jeff Hill 421 37.4 Decrease10.3
Chase Indies Jacob Huggins 158 14.0 N/A
Green David Green 72 6.4 Increase0.9
Majority 53 4.7 N/A
Turnout 1,125 20.6 Decrease7.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Decrease5.3

Hednesford North

Hednesford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sheila Cartwright 473 36.4 Decrease9.6
Conservative Roger Wootton 426 32.8 Decrease1.4
Chase Indies Darrell Mawle 400 30.8 N/A
Majority 47 3.6 Decrease8.2
Turnout 1,299 24.5 Decrease1.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease4.1

Norton Canes

Norton Canes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op John Preece 1,060 61.5 Increase7.5
Conservative Tim Clapham 576 33.5 Decrease8.5
Reform UK Paul Allen 87 5.0 N/A
Majority 482 28.0 Increase16.0
Turnout 1,725 26.6 Decrease4.2
Labour Co-op hold Swing Increase8.0

Rawnsley

Rawnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Jo Elson 589 53.9 Increase17.2
Conservative Laura Harrison 326 29.8 Decrease3.8
Labour Dave Galaska 178 16.3 Decrease8.9
Majority 263 24.1 Increase21.0
Turnout 1,093 30.4 Decrease4.9
Green hold Swing Increase10.5

Western Springs

Western Springs
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Olivia Lyons 918 57.2 Increase5.4
Labour David Gaye 687 42.8 Increase20.1
Majority 231 14.4 Decrease14.7
Turnout 1,605 31.2 Decrease0.6
Conservative hold Swing Decrease7.4

References

  1. ^ "District Election Results 2022". Cannock Chase District Council. 26 April 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Cannock Chase election: Conservatives claim local issues won the day after extending control". Express & Star. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Cannock Chase Council election results as Conservatives cement their majority". Express & Star. Retrieved 7 May 2022.