Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tories comfortably hold village seats

THE Conservatives have comfortably held seats in Knowle and Dorridge as the party increased its ruling majority on Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.
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Ian Courts polled top in the Dorridge and Hockley Heath ward with 2,320 votes compared to 378 for the Green Party’s Sara Stevens, 336 for Ian English for Labour and 290 for Joan Hewins for the Liberal Democrats.

Diana Holl-Aleen got 2,144 votes in Knowle with Roger King second for the Green Party with 382 votes.

Simon Johnson polled 371 for Labour and the Lib Dems’ Martin Smith on 218 at Thursday's vote.

The Conservatives now have 29 seats after gaining a seat from the Lib Dems while the Greens have 10 seats, taking three from Labour (full results).

The UK Independence Party have one council seat, gained from Labour, leaving Labour with two councillors and the Lib Dems on eight.

It is marked downturn in the fortunes of Labour and the Liberal Democrats, which ran the council in a coalition after elections in 2010 with 26 councillors between them.

The Independent Residents and Ratepayers Association has one councillor.

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