Wyre Forest Council election, 2000

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The 2000 Wyre Forest Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Wyre Forest District Council in Worcestershire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

Before the election the council had 17 Labour, 7 Health Concern, 5 Conservative, 5 independent, 4 Liberal Democrat and 3 Liberal councillors, with one seat vacant.[3] The council was run by an alliance of all groups apart from Labour.[3]

57 candidates stood in the election with 15 seats being contested, which included 2 seats in Greenhill ward due to a by-election being held at the same time.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw Health Concern become the largest group on the council after making 8 gains.[4] Health Concern was also boosted by the decision of 3 independent councillors to join the group.[2] Labour losses included the deputy leader of the party and the longest-serving member of the council, Michael Kelly, in Habberley and Blakebrook ward.[5] The only other group to make a gain in the election was the Conservatives in Oldington and Foley Park ward where they took a seat from Labour.[5]

The defeats for Labour were put down to the downgrading of Kidderminster hospital, despite the local party opposing the move.[2] Labour said that the results would be a disaster as they said Health Concern had no policies in many areas.[2] However Health Concern put their success down to disillusionment with political parties that had failed to take action over the hospital and that they would represent local opinion.[2]

Following the election the Health Concern group said they wanted to continue the alliance with the other groups apart from Labour.[5]

Wyre Forest Local Election Result 2000[6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Health Concern 8 +8 53.3
  Independent 3 -2 20.0
  Labour 1 -7 6.7
  Conservative 1 0 6.7
  Liberal Democrat 1 0 6.7
  Liberal 1 0 6.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wyre Forest". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Walker, Jonathan (2000-05-06). "Hospital gives healthy majority Labour pushed out by campaigners' success". Birmingham Post. p. 5. 
  3. ^ a b c "Local Elections: Wyre Forest". Birmingham Mail. 2000-04-05. p. 13. 
  4. ^ Gray, Chris (2000-05-05). "Tories win Solihull City socialists axed Knowles out as Labour crumbles". Birmingham Post. p. 1. 
  5. ^ a b c Smith, Sue (2000-05-05). "Health group pledge to rainbow alliance". Birmingham Post. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "Election results: local councils". The Times. 2000-05-05. p. 4. 


Preceded by
Wyre Forest Council election, 1999
Wyre Forest local elections Succeeded by
Wyre Forest Council election, 2002