Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council election, 2012

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Map of the results of the 2012 Solihull council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Greens in green, Labour in red and independent in grey.

The 2012 Solihull Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands, England. One third of the council was up for election. The shock result[citation needed] of the election came in Blythe where the Independent Ratepayers ousted a Tory Incumbent.[1][2] Prior to the election, the defending councillor in Shirley West had joined the Greens, having previously sat as an Independent Liberal Democrat.[3] Following the election another Shirley West Liberal Democrat councillor, Andy Hodgson, joined the Greens, taking their total up to 6 seats, and the Liberal Democrats down to 10.[4]

Election result[edit]

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Election, 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 9 1 2 -1 52.9 42.0 19,562 -6.3%
  Liberal Democrat 3 0 1 -1 17.6 19.5 9,095 -0.0%
  Green 3 1 0 +1 17.6 11.9 5,547 +4.4%
  Labour 1 1 1 0 5.9 17.3 8,075 +0.7%
  Independent Ratepayers & Residents 1 1 0 +1 5.9 6.4 2,997 +0.8%
  English Democrats 0 0 0 0 0.0 2.4 1,115 +1.3%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.3 150 -0.2%

This result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections :[2]

Party Previous council New council
Conservatives 29 28
Liberal Democrat 12 11
Labour 6 6
Green 4 5
Independent Ratepayers & Residents 0 1
Total 51 51
Working majority   7    5 

Ward results[edit]

Bickenhill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jim Ryan 1,349 57.6 -2.7
Labour Margaret Elizabeth Brittin 573 24.5 +3.2
Green Alex Hawkeswood 312 13.3 +8.2
Liberal Democrat Peter Charles Lee 107 4.6 -0.8
Majority 776 33.1 -5.9
Turnout 2,341 25.6 -10.8
Conservative hold Swing -2.9
Blythe[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ratepayer & Residents Linda Brown 1,181 42.9 +23.1
Conservative Martin McCarthy 1,020 37.1 -18.2
Liberal Democrat Jo Hodgson 285 10.4 -0.2
Labour Raj Singh 266 9.7 -2.3
Majority 161 5.8 -29.6
Turnout 2,752 27.1 -14.3
Independent Ratepayers & Residents gain from Conservatives Swing +20.6
Castle Bromwich[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ted Richards 1,565 64.4 +0.3
Labour Ben Semens 632 26.0 +2.1
Green Joy Aldworth 167 6.9 -0.7
Liberal Democrat Ronald Lloyd 65 2.7 +2.7
Majority 933 38.4 -1.8
Turnout 2,429 26.8 -12.8
Conservative hold Swing -0.9
Chelmsley Wood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Chris Williams 1,336 62.8 +11.5
Conservative Catherine Price 147 6.9 -6.8
Labour Co-op Angela Reid 644 30.3 -0.8
Majority 692 32.5 +12.3
Turnout 2,127 23.6 -5.0
Green gain from Labour Swing +6.1
Dorridge & Hockley Heath[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ken Meeson 1,948 70.7 +1.9
Labour Hugh Hendry 244 8.9 +1.1
Green Sara Irene Stevens 210 7.6 +2.9
English Democrats Andrew Martin Taylor 187 6.8 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Jan Mason 165 6.0 -6.1
Majority 1,704 61.9 +5.1
Turnout 2,754 32.0 -19.5
Conservative hold Swing +0.4
Elmdon[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Glenis Ann Slater 1,321 47.3 +5.9
Conservative Paul Thomas 657 23.5 -9.1
Labour Andrew James Mullinex 451 16.1 +1.6
English Democrats Robert Graham Lassen 239 8.5 +5.6
Green Elaine Teresa Williams 127 4.5 +2.6
Majority 664 23.8 +15.0
Turnout 2,795 30.3 -12.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +7.5
Kingshurst & Fordbridge[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Flo Nash 1,111 58.8 +8.0
Conservative Debbie Evans 578 30.6 -5.9
Green Gary Macnaughton 146 7.7 +2.4
Liberal Democrat David Robert Godfrey 53 2.8 -0.5
Majority 533 28.2 +14.0
Turnout 1,888 21.2 -5.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +7.0
Knowle[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeff Potts 1,941 66.2 -2.7
Labour Simon Martin Johnson 323 11.0 +0.8
Green Jane Allison Holt 291 9.9 +2.9
Liberal Democrat Lionel Arthur King 220 7.5 +0.0
English Democrats Frank (Shannon) O'Brien 157 5.3 +0.8
Majority 1,618 55.2 -3.5
Turnout 2,932 35.6 -15.3
Conservative hold Swing -1.7
Lyndon[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Irene Beatrice Chamberlain 1,265 46.9 +6.2
Labour Ian Clifford English 583 21.6 +2.3
Conservative David Skelding 442 16.4 -10.0
English Democrats David Francis Reynolds 268 9.9 +3.4
Green Frances Grice 138 5.1 +1.8
Majority 682 25.3 +11.0
Turnout 2,696 27.7 -11.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +1.9
Meriden[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tony Diciccio 1318 45.7 -19.6
Independent Ratepayer Ken Meeson 858 29.8 +23.3
Labour Cathy Connan 412 14.3 -1.9
Green Roger Philip King 173 6.0 +1.3
Liberal Democrat Tony Ludlow 122 4.2 -3.1
Majority 460 16.0 -33.2
Turnout 2,883 30.5 -17.4
Conservative hold Swing -21.4
Olton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Claire Louise O'Kane 1,899 50.5 +6.7
Conservative David Price 1,326 35.3 -4.3
Labour Alan Edward Jacques 316 8.4 -2.1
Green Carol Joy Linfield 216 5.7 +2.2
Majority 573 15.2 +11.0
Turnout 3,757 38.8 -7.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +5.5
Shirley East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Karen Grinsell 1,045 37.3 -6.9
Liberal Democrat Sue Rose 850 30.3 +2.5
Labour Kevin Peter Raven 390 13.9 +1.6
English Democrats Lisa Jane White 264 9.4 +9.4
Independent Ratepayer Neil Watts 252 9.0 -3.3
Majority 195 7.0 -9.4
Turnout 2,801 32.6 -13.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing -4.7
Shirley South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Allport 1,379 38.5 -0.4
Liberal Democrat Tim Hodgson 1,343 37.5 +3.1
Independent Ratepayer Trevor Eames 463 12.9 +1.6
Labour Shirley Rose Young 400 11.2 -0.9
Majority 36 1.0 -3.4
Turnout 3,585 36.5 -7.2
Conservative hold Swing -1.7
Shirley West[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Howard John Allen 1,001 39.1 +34.3
Conservative Richard Holt 729 28.4 -6.6
Labour Ray Brookes 426 16.6 -2.3
Liberal Democrat Eimear Fossey 406 15.8 -15.2
Majority 272 10.6 +6.6
Turnout 2,562 28.4 -12.3
Green hold Swing +20.4
Silhill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Hogarth 1,811 59.4 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Bruce Keith Stone 579 19.0 -7.5
Labour Janet Mary Marsh 445 14.6 +2.9
Green Trevor John Barker 212 7.0 +4.5
Majority 1,232 40.4 +13.9
Turnout 3,047 33.3 -14.9
Conservative hold Swing +6.9
Smith's Wood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Mike Sheridan 1,030 57.7 +11.8
Labour Mohammed Rashid 473 26.5 -6.7
BNP Simone Neale 150 8.4 +8.4
Conservative Sarah Evans 132 7.4 -5.2
Majority 557 31.2 +18.4
Turnout 1,785 20.1 -6.0
Green hold Swing +9.2
St. Alphege[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kate Wild 2,175 63.8 -2.9
Liberal Democrat Martin Smith 415 12.2 -3.9
Labour Paul Cook Tuxworth 386 11.3 +1.1
Independent Ratepayer & Residents John Rogers 243 7.1 +4.2
Green Stephen Robert Holt 188 5.5 +1.5
Majority 1,760 51.7 +1.0
Turnout 3,407 33.0 -17.3
Conservative hold Swing +0.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Elections results". Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Vote 2012: Solihull". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Hulse, Cathrina (16 May 2011). "Solihull Lib Dems hit by new crisis as councillor defects to Greens". Solihull News. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Solihull councillor defects from Lib Dems to Greens". BBC. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.