Labour loses overall control of Dudley Council

The Labour party has lost overall control of Dudley Council following yesterday’s local elections.

Labour gained the Netherton, Woodside & St. Andrew’s ward from the Greens, but lost Wordsley to UKIP – as well as both Belle Vale and Gornal to the Conservatives.

The Tories also gained the Hayley Green & Cradley South ward from an independent, while winning a vacant seat in the Pedmore & Stourbridge East ward.

Two wards which were won by the Conservatives from Labour with incredibly small margins proved decisive, as the Tories won the Wollaston & Stourbridge Town ward by just three votes after six recounts, and Belle Vale by just 13 votes.

The result means Labour remains the largest party with 35 seats, but the Conservatives and UKIP have 37 put together, leaving the future governance of the council unclear.

Meanwhile, in Sandwell, the result was much more straightforward with no seats changing hands at all as Labour held all 24 wards that were up for grabs.

It leaves Labour with 70 seats on the council, while UKIP have one, with another remaining vacant following the sudden death of leader Darren Cooper in March.

See the full results for Dudley Council here.

See the full results for Sandwell Council here.


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