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13th Jun, 2021

Labour and Lib Dems suffer as Tories strengthen grip on Council

THE Conservatives have strengthened their grip on Solihull Borough Council, gaining three seats and toppling the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ade Adeyemo.

The Greens too made gains, breaking the Labour grip on Kingshurst & Fordbridge with Councillor James Moses defeating Labour’s Flo Nash.

However they failed to make inroads in Castle Bromwich and came just over 100 votes shy of winning Shirley Cast from the Conservatives.

Council Leader Ian Courts said: “I’m very pleased. It’s a great ressult for the Conservatives nationally and here in Solihull.

“I really want to thank the officers of this council – our chief executive Nick Page has had a huge amount of work to do and I’m proud of all those people at the council who cannot speak for themselves and who worked so hard through what has been an incredibly tough year.

“I’d also like to thank all the people who stuck by us and with what we have been trying to do. I’m pleased with the victory but the wheel keeps on turning and we most go on.

“I’m sorry for Ade, it’s always sad to see people lose but that the nature of the game, we have to win and all three of our gains are very satisfying.”

Here are the results in full:

Bickenhill

Conservatives hold – Coun Jim Ryan

Conservatives – 2,098

Labour – 516

Green – 350

Liberal Democrats – 154

Blythe

Con hold – Coun James Butler

Conservatives – 2,880

Green – 610

Labour – 558

Independent – 212

Castle Bromwich

Cons hold – Coun Martin McCarthy

Conservatives – 1,652

Greens – 1,153

Labour – 461

Chelmsley Wood

Greens hold – Coun Shesh Sheshabhatter

Greens – 1115

Conservatives – 380

Labour – 328

Democratic Party – 28

Dorridge & Hockley Heath

Con hold – Coun Ken Meeson

Conservatives – 3029

Labour – 487

Green – 420

Liberal Democrat – 306

Reform UK – 111

Elmdon – two seats up for election

Conservatives – 1,399 – Coun Yvonne Clements elected

Liberal Democrats – 1,179

Labour – 418

Liberal Democrats – 1,389 – Coun Richard Long elected

Conservatives – 1,201

Labour – 295

Kingshurst & Fordbridge

Green gain – Coun James Moses

Green – 831

Conservatives – 689

Labour – 443

Knowle

Con hols – Coun Dave Pinwell

Conservatives – 3,121

Labour 461

Green 370

Liberal Democrats – 294

Lyndon

Conservatives gain – Coun Josh O’Nyons

Conservatives – 1,684

Liberal Democrats – 1,556

Labour – 574

Meriden

Cons hold – Coun Tony Dicicco

Conservatives – 2,850

Green – 1,008

Labour – 468

Olton

Con gain – Coun Daniel Gibbin

Conservatives – 2,148

Liberal Democrats – 1,800

Labour – 541

St Alphege

Con hold – Coun Mary Sandison

Conservatives – 3,461

Liberal Democrat – 546

Labour – 511

Green – 478

Shirley East

Conservatives hold – Coun Karen Grinsell

Conservatives – 1,866

Greens – 1,757

Labour – 328

Shirley South

Green hold – Coun Max McLoughlin

Greens – 2,122

Conservatives – 1,606

Labour – 330

Independent – 99

Shirley West

Greens hold – Coun Maggie Allen

Greens – 1,814

Conservatives – 1,238

Labour 498

Silhill

Conservatives hold – Coun Peter Hogarth

Conservatives – 2,735

Labour – 757

Liberal Democrats – 576

Smith’s Wood

Greens hold – Coun Jean Hamilton

Greens – 1,084

Conservatives – 441

Labour – 290

The make up of Solihull borough Council is now as follows:

Conservative: 30

Green: 15

Liberal Democrat: 3

Labour 2

Independent 1

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