Redditch Borough Council election, 2008

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Elections to Redditch Borough Council were held on 1 May 2008. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control. Overall turnout was 33.2%.[1]

This was the first time in 26 years that the Conservative party had control of Redditch council.[2] This came after the Conservatives gained 4 seats from the Labour party, with local and national issues being said to be behind the results.[2] The results in Redditch were described as being representative of the mood of the electorate nationally.[3]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

Redditch Local Election Result 2008
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 6 4 0 +4 66.7 48.0 7,815 +6.1%
  Labour 2 0 4 -4 22.2 30.0 4,881 +0.7%
  Liberal Democrat 1 0 0 0 11.1 13.9 2,263 -6.8%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 4.7 768 +4.2%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 3.4 549 -4.3%

Ward results[edit]

Batchley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jinny Pearce 968 51.4 +21.1
Labour Diane Haywood 709 37.7 -2.0
Liberal Democrat Christopher Hennessey 205 10.9 +2.6
Majority 259 13.7
Turnout 1,882 32.3 -3.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R Farooqui 744 47.1 +11.1
Labour Greg Chance 571 36.1 -13.3
Liberal Democrat Simone Rudge 153 9.7 -5.0
Independent Isabel Armstrong 113 7.1 +7.1
Majority 173 11.0
Turnout 1,581 34.5 -5.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Church Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Hartnett 733 39.3 -4.3
Conservative James Swansborough 722 38.7 +2.2
Liberal Democrat David Gee 233 12.5 -7.4
Independent Dave Small 176 9.4 +9.4
Majority 11 0.6 -6.5
Turnout 1,864 30.3 -0.6
Labour hold Swing
Greenlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Norton 702 41.1 +17.1
Labour Patie Hill 626 36.6 -0.8
Liberal Democrat Anthony Pitt 263 15.4 +1.4
Independent Orion Moon 119 7.0 +7.0
Majority 76 4.5
Turnout 1,710 27.7 -5.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Headless Cross & Oakenshaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Anderson 1,493 62.9 +5.1
Labour Dot Dudley 550 23.2 -3.1
Liberal Democrat Ronald Thompson 330 13.9 -1.9
Majority 943 39.7 +8.2
Turnout 2,373 34.7 -2.7
Conservative hold Swing
Lodge Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Shummer 556 41.4 -4.9
Conservative Paul Swansborough 547 40.7 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Ian Webster 147 10.9 -7.4
Independent Richard Armstrong 94 7.0 +7.0
Majority 9 0.7 -10.1
Turnout 1,344 33.4 -0.7
Labour hold Swing
Matchborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anita Clayton 852 58.5 +2.3
Labour Gareth Young 356 24.4 -4.8
Liberal Democrat Fiona Hennessey 141 9.7 -4.9
Independent Rod Mansell 108 7.4 +7.4
Majority 496 34.1 +7.1
Turnout 1,457 32.0 -1.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Braley 1,112 71.1 +6.4
Labour John Fisher 294 18.8 -4.0
Independent Helen Truman 158 10.1 +10.1
Majority 818 52.3 +10.4
Turnout 1,564 35.4 -2.5
Conservative hold Swing
Winyates
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Hall 791 31.6 +1.5
Conservative John Russell 675 27.0 +9.4
BNP Maurice Field 549 22.0 +0.4
Labour Linda Hammond 486 19.4 -9.0
Majority 116 4.6 +2.9
Turnout 2,501 38.7 -4.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No appetite for elected mayor in Redditch". The Redditch Standard. 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-05-12. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Tories take control in Redditch". Birmingham Post. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-05-12. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Tories gain 'weathervane' council". BBC Online. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-05-12.