Cannock Chase District Council election, 2011

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Map of the results of the 2011 Cannock Chase District Council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

Elections to Cannock Chase District Council took place on 5 May 2011.[1] This election was held on the same day as other local elections. A total of 15 councillors were elected from all of the council's wards as a third of the council was up for election.

The Labour Party emerged as the largest party on the council, albeit short of the 21 seats required for an overall majority. They gained two seats, one from the Conservative Party and another from the Liberal Democrats. They also successfully held on to their seats won at the 2007 election and went on to form a minority administration following the election.

The Conservatives came a fairly close second in terms of vote share but won less than half the number of seats that Labour did. Despite losing a seat to Labour in Hednesford, they still managed a net gain of one seat thanks to winning two seats from the Liberal Democrats in Rawnsley and Rugeley.

The Liberal Democrats had won five seats at the previous election when these seats were last contested and were the largest party on the council with 17 seats. However their three-seat loss, combined with councillors who had defected to them not standing for re-election, meant that the Liberal Democrats became only the third largest party with 11 seats.

Also standing was one candidate from the British National Party and two candidates from The Chase Independent Party; none of these candidates were successful and so there remained only three parties represented on the council.

Election result[edit]

Cannock Chase District Council election, 2011
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 9 2 0 Increase2 60.0 41.6 10,269 Increase4.9
  Conservative 4 2 1 Increase1 26.7 38.4 9,475 Increase3.5
  Liberal Democrat 2 0 3 Decrease3 13.3 18.2 4,486 Decrease5.3
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 1.1 269 N/A
  BNP 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 0.7 167 Decrease1.3

Council Composition[edit]

The composition of the council before the election can be found in the following table:

Party Previous council Seats up for election Election result New council
Labour 14 7 9 17
Conservatives 10 3 4 13
Liberal Democrats 17 5 2 11
Total 41 15 15 41

Ward results[edit]

Vote share changes are based on the results achieved by parties in 2007 when these seats were last contested.

Brereton and Ravenhill[edit]

Brereton and Ravenhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Paul Fisher 705 41.4 Decrease11.2
Labour Brian Bottomer 601 35.3 Increase8.7
Conservative Andie Wilkinson 396 23.3 Increase1.5
Majority 104 6.1 Decrease19.9
Turnout 1,702 33.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing Decrease10.0

Cannock East[edit]

Cannock East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Janos Toth 1,059 60.5 Increase2.7
Conservative Claire Wixon 691 39.5 Increase8.7
Majority 368 21.0 Decrease6.0
Turnout 1,750 31.6
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.0

Cannock North[edit]

Cannock North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dennis Dixon 1,057 66.8 Increase2.3
Conservative Jim Bowater 359 22.7 Increase2.9
BNP William Vaughan 167 10.5 N/A
Majority 698 44.1 Decrease0.6
Turnout 1,583 29.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease0.3

Cannock South[edit]

Cannock South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Kraujalis 947 53.3 Increase2.9
Conservative Amanda-Jane Holmes 608 34.2 Increase0.2
Liberal Democrat Phil Freeman 223 12.5 Increase5.6
Majority 339 19.1 Increase2.7
Turnout 1,778 31.0
Labour hold Swing Increase1.4

Cannock West[edit]

Cannock West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Snape 1,411 58.9 Decrease3.0
Labour William Lintern 748 31.2 Increase3.6
Liberal Democrat Wayne Goodwin 235 9.8 Decrease0.7
Majority 663 27.7 Decrease6.6
Turnout 2,394 42.1
Conservative hold Swing Decrease3.3

Etching Hill and The Heath[edit]

Etching Hill and The Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Ray Jones 817 50.6 Increase0.3
Conservative Justin Johnson 799 49.4 Increase17.2
Majority 18 1.2 Decrease16.9
Turnout 1,616 32.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing Decrease8.5

Hagley[edit]

Hagley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon Brown 493 44.9 Increase15.0
Liberal Democrat Neil Stanley 358 32.6 Decrease23.5
Conservative Philip Emery 248 22.6 Increase7.7
Majority 135 12.3 N/A
Turnout 1,099 32.3
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing Increase19.3

Hawks Green[edit]

Hawks Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Bernard 818 49.9 Increase4.3
Labour John Preece 534 32.6 Increase8.0
Liberal Democrat Keith Bennett 288 17.6 Increase5.7
Majority 284 17.3 Decrease3.7
Turnout 1,640 29.0
Conservative hold Swing Decrease1.9

Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury[edit]

Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alison Spicer 676 42.1 Increase1.7
Conservative Alan Dean 601 37.4 Decrease1.2
Liberal Democrat Chris Collis 330 20.5 Decrease0.6
Majority 75 4.7 Increase2.9
Turnout 1,607 32.3
Labour hold Swing Increase1.5

Hednesford Green Heath[edit]

Hednesford Green Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bob Todd 580 44.3 Increase8.0
Conservative Lisa Pearce 443 33.8 Decrease8.7
Independent Ron Turville 161 12.3 N/A
Liberal Democrat Darrell Mawle 126 9.6 Decrease11.6
Majority 137 10.5 N/A
Turnout 1,310 33.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase8.4

Hednesford North[edit]

Hednesford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Doris Grice 994 58.5 Increase12.4
Conservative Chris Anslow 526 31.0 Decrease5.4
Liberal Democrat Paul Buckle 178 10.5 Decrease7.1
Majority 468 27.5 Increase17.8
Turnout 1,698 30.8
Labour hold Swing Increase8.9

Hednesford South[edit]

Hednesford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon Ball 621 43.7 Decrease1.9
Conservative Wayne Pearce 446 31.4 Increase3.5
Liberal Democrat Wendy Yates 247 17.4 Increase4.0
Independent Ann Turville 108 7.6 Decrease5.5
Majority 175 12.3 Decrease5.4
Turnout 1,422 33.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.7

Norton Canes[edit]

Norton Canes
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Holder 961 49.7 Increase14.3
Conservative June Davies 905 46.8 Increase12.9
Liberal Democrat Ken Ansell 67 3.5 N/A
Majority 56 2.9 Increase1.4
Turnout 1,933 33.6
Labour hold Swing Increase0.7

Rawnsley[edit]

Rawnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jodie Jones 593 39.2 Increase3.3
Labour Brian Gamble 560 37.0 Increase10.2
Liberal Democrat Pat Ansell 361 23.8 Decrease13.5
Majority 33 2.2 N/A
Turnout 1,514 39.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing Increase8.4

Western Springs[edit]

Western Springs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anne Allt 631 39.0 Increase7.2
Liberal Democrat Bob Meaden 551 34.0 Decrease10.9
Labour David Marsden 438 27.0 Increase3.7
Majority 80 5.0 N/A
Turnout 1,620 31.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing Increase9.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "District Election Results 2011". Local Elections Archive Project (Andrew Teale). Retrieved 18 August 2016.