For the full results, got to the Walsall Council Election 2012 page
Remarkably, the council has remained in no overall control. Labour gained two seats from the Tories, but lost two to independents. One of the independents is Pete Smith. Longstanding students of Walsall politics will be aware of the significance of this.
Considering some of the premature triumphalism in the Labour camp, and the gains seen elsewhere in the country, it’s clear something went a bit wrong for Labour in Walsall; I think we’re in for interesting times.
No surprise in Aldridge North and Walsall Wood, with Keith Sears returned, presumably for another quiet four years, with the BNP still bumping along the bottom. The man who couldn’t spell Walsall in his 2011 leaflet did, however, beat the Liberal Democrats to third place. Expect some gloating, but they still did very badly.
In Brownhills, Tory councillor Alan Paul got the chop and we have a new Labour councillor, Stephen Wade. Again, Liberal Democrats last place by some considerable margin.
Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to the losers. What happens next will be very interesting indeed. One thing’s for sure, Walsall politics is never, ever dull.
I’d like to thank Dan Slee and the folk behind the social media face of Walsall Council last night who gave a brilliant service in keeping folk informed. Cheers. With a bomb-scare in the afternoon, it must have been a very long day indeed.
Aldridge North and Walsall Wood
|Majorowicz, Terence||British National Party||264|
|Sears, Keith||Conservative Party||1348**|
|Grainger, Robert Arthur||Labour Party||936|
|Greveson, Mark Robert||Liberal Democrats||163|
|Paul, Alan John||Conservative Party||1087|
|Wade, Stephen||Labour Party||1233**|
|Ryan, Ian Martin||Liberal Democrats||173|