From the Walsall Council twatter stream:
Brownhills: Barbara Cassidy elected (LAB HOLD)—
Walsall Council (@WalsallCouncil) May 06, 2011
and from Councillor Mike Flower
Congratulations to both Councillors – they work hard for their constituents, and although I may not always agree with them, I respect their dedication to the community. I will update this post as more details become available.
Results from Brownhills:
|Aston, Vivienne Joy||Conservative Party||1279|
|Bradburn, Andrew John||Democratic Labour Party||72|
|Cassidy, Barbara||Labour Party||1758**|
|Ryan, Ian Martin||Liberal Democrats||219|
Results from Aldridge North and Walsall Wood:
|Flower, Mike||Conservative Party||2167**(H)|
|Grainger, Bob||Labour Party||1094|
|Greveson, Mark Robert||Liberal Democrats||267|
|Majorowicz, Terence||British National Party||307|
Liberal Democrats beaten into fourth place by the nutjobs. That’s got to hurt. Nice to see the BNP falling flat on their arses, too.
You can find the results from other wards as they become available at Walsall Council’s Election Results webpage.
Added 6/6/20111, 1:55pm
Right. All the results are in. We are in for interesting times.
Walsall’s election has been lost by the Tories – except in a few wards where Labour worked really hard. There were a few upsets – Pete Smith losing Blakenall is a shock for starters, Mike Bird’s leadership is surely now in question as other contenders will attempt to dethrone the liability he represents. Seeing McKracken shipped into a safer ward to save her backside is a clear sign of the division that will become apparent within the ruling group over the coming weeks.
Whoever tries to oust Bird will face a number of challenges – working with the Lib Dems will not be a bed of roses and there’s much PR damage left to undo. Watch this space. I look forward to comments by top local bloggers The Plastic Hippo and The Mushroom. All in all, an excellent result.