Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council election, 2007

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Map of the results of the 2007 Walsall council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow, independent in grey and Democratic Labour Party in pinky-red.

The 2007 Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

After the last election in 2006 the Conservatives controlled the council with 34 seats, compared to 19 for Labour, 6 Liberal Democrats and 1 independent.[3] However, in July 2006 2 Conservative councillors, Aqeel Aslam and Haqnawaz Khan of Pleck and St Matthews wards respectively, defected to Labour, leaving the Conservatives on 32 seats compared to 21 for Labour.[4]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives gain 1 seat from Labour in Pleck, to move to 33 seats, and stay in control of the council.[5][6] As well as the loss to the Conservatives, Labour lost a further 2 seats and so fell to 18 councillors.[5] The other Labour losses came in Darlaston South, where independent Chris Bott gained the seat, and in Blakenall, where Peter Smith of the Democratic Labour Party, took the seat by 15 votes.[6] Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats won 2 seats and stayed on 6 councillors.[5]

Walsall Local Election Result 2007[2][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 12 1 0 +1 60.0 41.1 26,455 +1.8%
  Labour 4 0 3 -3 20.0 29.3 18,845 +2.1%
  Liberal Democrat 2 0 0 0 10.0 11.9 7,689 -2.2%
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 5.0 3.9 2,483 +0.6%
  Democratic Labour 1 1 0 +1 5.0 2.8 1,818 -0.1%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 5.5 3,567 +1.0%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 3.3 2,123 -4.2%
  Respect 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 825 +0.3%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 566 +0.7%

Ward results[edit]

Aldridge Central and South[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Rochelle 2,310 55.7 +1.1
UKIP Tony Lenton 775 18.7 +18.7
Labour Walter Burley 625 15.1 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Linda Dickins 436 10.5 +0.4
Majority 1,535 37.0 -0.3
Turnout 4,146 38.9 -2.0
Conservative hold Swing
Aldridge North and Walsall Wood[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mike Flower 2,175 66.9 +20.9
Liberal Democrat Mark Greveson 548 16.9 +7.2
Labour Ian Pearson 527 16.2 +1.1
Majority 1,627 50.1 +22.9
Turnout 3,250 31.6 -3.2
Conservative hold Swing
Bentley and Darlaston North[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Keith Chambers 1,216 46.4 +0.4
Conservative Gurmeet Sohal 876 33.4 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Christopher Pearce 429 16.4 -1.8
Democratic Labour Alan Paddock 100 3.8 -2.7
Majority 340 13.0 -3.8
Turnout 2,621 29.0 +1.7
Labour hold Swing
Birchills Leamore[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tim Oliver 1,114 49.3 +8.1
Conservative Carol Rose 684 30.3 -8.0
Liberal Democrat Wendy Evans 290 12.8 -0.4
Democratic Labour Alan Davies 173 7.7 +0.4
Majority 430 19.0 +16.2
Turnout 2,261 24.4 -2.5
Labour hold Swing
Blakenall[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Labour Peter Smith 921 38.8 +4.4
Labour Robert Robinson 906 38.2 -7.7
Conservative Hilda Derry 343 14.5 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Louise Shires 107 4.5 -1.1
Green Karl Macnaughton 95 4.0 -0.8
Majority 15 0.6
Turnout 2,372 27.5 -0.3
Democratic Labour gain from Labour Swing
Bloxwich East[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lesley Beeley 1,063 41.8 +1.7
Labour Robert Thomas 767 30.2 -10.4
Independent Bill Smith 365 14.4 +14.4
UKIP Alan Sheath 191 7.5 -3.6
Liberal Democrat Jo Cameron 105 4.1 +0.1
Democratic Labour Louise Bradburn 52 2.0 -2.2
Majority 296 11.6
Turnout 2,543 29.7 -1.1
Conservative hold Swing
Bloxwich West[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Des Pitt 1,358 43.9 +6.3
Labour Fred Westley 1,157 37.4 +6.8
UKIP Anthony Bryan 302 9.8 +9.8
Liberal Democrat Christine Cockayne 176 5.7 -0.9
Democratic Labour David Church 100 3.2 +0.1
Majority 201 6.5 -0.5
Turnout 3,093 31.7 -2.0
Conservative hold Swing
Brownhills[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Barbara Cassidy 1,181 39.0 +4.7
Conservative Vivienne Aston 1,122 37.0 +2.0
BNP William Locke 631 20.8 +0.2
Democratic Labour Geoffrey Macmanomy 97 3.2 +0.7
Majority 59 1.9
Turnout 3,031 31.5 +0.0
Labour hold Swing
Darlaston South[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Chris Bott 1,127 40.1 -13.5
Labour Rose Burley 1,116 39.8 +7.6
Conservative Cerwyn Edwards 365 13.0 -1.2
Green Tim Martin 199 7.1 +7.1
Majority 11 0.4 -21.0
Turnout 2,807 30.7 +0.7
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Paddock[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Barry Sanders 2,049 48.4 +3.7
Labour Baldev Mavi 1,340 31.6 +7.0
UKIP Derek Bennett 589 13.9 -1.6
Liberal Democrat Muhammed Miah 259 6.1 -9.0
Majority 709 16.7 -3.4
Turnout 4,237 44.3 -2.9
Conservative hold Swing
Palfrey[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mohammad Yasin 1,649 38.2 -0.2
Labour Allah Ditta 1,539 35.7 -5.0
Respect Arshad Kanwar 617 14.3 +4.7
Liberal Democrat Richard Cullum 507 11.8 +0.5
Majority 110 2.6
Turnout 4,312 41.4 -0.2
Conservative hold Swing
Pelsall[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Marco Longhi 1,649 43.8 -0.8
Independent Sim Mayou 641 17.0 +17.0
Liberal Democrat Grant Williams 391 10.4 +10.4
BNP Dominic Buglar 358 9.5 -9.2
Independent Amanda Ryder 350 9.3 +9.3
Labour Jack Kelly 341 9.1 +1.6
Democratic Labour Derek Roddy 32 0.9 -1.4
Majority 1,008 26.8 +9.2
Turnout 3,762 41.8 -0.4
Conservative hold Swing
Pheasey Park Farm[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Bird 1,780 54.8 +1.7
Labour Douglas James 679 20.9 -0.2
UKIP Steve Grey 504 15.5 -3.1
Green Darren Smith 144 4.4 +4.4
Liberal Democrat Trudy Pearce 141 4.3 -3.0
Majority 1,101 33.9 +1.9
Turnout 3,248 39.0 -2.1
Conservative hold Swing
Pleck[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mushtaq Ahmed 1,533 41.0 +8.2
Labour Martin Evans 1,497 40.0 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Norman Matthews 452 12.1 -3.1
UKIP Rita Oakley 202 5.4 +5.4
Democratic Labour Brian Powell 58 1.5 -1.0
Majority 36 1.0
Turnout 3,742 38.5 +0.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Rushall Shelfield[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Albert Griffiths 1,304 42.3 -0.8
Labour Angus McGhee 725 23.5 +3.5
BNP Julie Locke 648 21.0 -4.7
Liberal Democrat Ian Dickins 310 10.0 +1.2
Democratic Labour Andrew Bradburn 99 3.2 +0.8
Majority 579 18.8 +1.4
Turnout 3,086 34.0 -1.0
Conservative hold Swing
Short Heath[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Eileen Pitt 1,220 43.9 +2.0
Conservative Chad Pitt 741 26.6 +5.0
BNP Malcolm Moore 486 17.5 -4.6
Labour Aftab Nawaz 335 12.0 -2.4
Majority 479 17.2 -2.5
Turnout 2,782 30.9 -0.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St. Matthews[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Barbara McCracken 1,516 39.4 +2.1
Labour Richard Worrall 1,332 34.6 +6.7
Liberal Democrat Daniel Barker 438 11.4 -11.0
Respect Martin Lynch 208 5.4 -1.3
UKIP Tim Melville 144 3.7 -1.9
Green Robert Bellin 128 3.3 +3.3
Democratic Labour Jack Peate 80 2.1 +2.1
Majority 184 4.8 -4.7
Turnout 3,846 40.5 -2.2
Conservative hold Swing
Streetly[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gary Clarke 2,780 70.8 -9.6
Labour Steven King 686 17.5 -2.1
UKIP Dorothy Sheath 461 11.7 +11.7
Majority 2,094 53.3 -7.6
Turnout 3,927 37.7 -1.1
Conservative hold Swing
Willnenhall North[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Peter Hughes 1,125 42.8 -5.3
Conservative Ann Ault 583 22.2 +5.2
Labour Diane Coughlan 519 19.8 +3.9
UKIP Elizabeth Hazell 399 15.2 -3.8
Majority 542 20.6 -8.5
Turnout 2,626 27.5 -1.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Willenhall South[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carl Creaney 1,243 46.4 +5.5
Liberal Democrat Nadia Fazal 755 28.2 +4.2
Conservative Jason Pitt 575 21.5 -6.8
Democratic Labour Stephanie Peart 106 4.0 -2.8
Majority 488 18.2 +5.6
Turnout 2,679 25.2 -1.3
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Local elections: Walsall". BBC News Online. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Defectors leave with Cameron attack". Birmingham Post. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
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  6. ^ a b "'Man of the people' Smith stuns Labour". Birmingham Mail. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
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