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2014 Cannock Chase District Council election

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Elections to the Cannock Chase District Council took place on 22 May 2014,[1] in line with other local elections in the United Kingdom which were held on the same day as the European Parliament elections. A total of 13 councillors were elected from 13 wards as a third of the council was up for election. There were no elections held in the Hagley or Hednesford South wards as those wards elect only two councillors in the other two years of the election cycle.

The Labour Party held control of the council and increased its majority by one compared with the previous election when it had gained the council from no overall control. Notably, UKIP came a close second and gained 4 seats, despite not previously contesting an election in the district. Compared with the results of 2010 when these seats were last up for election, Labour's vote share slightly decreased but they gained one seat from the Conservatives whilst UKIP gained three seats from the Conservatives and one from the Liberal Democrats. This left the Conservatives and Lib Dems, who had previously won 8 seats between them, with just one seat each.

Results

Cannock Chase District Council election, 2014
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 6 1 0 +1 46.1 35.0 7,024 −1.1
  UKIP 4 4 0 +4 30.8 33.3 6,691 N/A
  Conservative 1 0 4 −4 7.7 23.8 4,777 −16.1
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 2 −2 7.7 5.6 1,120 −17.0
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 7.7 2.3 466 N/A

Council Composition

Prior to the election, the composition of the council was:

24 9 3 3 2
Labour Conservative Lib Dem UKIP Ind

After the election, the composition of the council was:

25 6 6 3 1
Labour Conservative UKIP Lib Dem Ind

Ward results

Vote share changes are based on the results achieved by parties in 2010 when these seats were last contested.

Brereton and Ravenhill

Brereton and Ravenhill (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Gerald Molineux 609 39.5 −5.0
Labour Michelle Dudson 482 31.3 +0.8
UKIP Linda Whitehouse ^ 451 29.2 N/A
Majority 127 8.2
Turnout 1,542 30.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing −2.9

^ Linda Whitehouse was the sitting councillor for the Rawnsley ward and previously defected from the Conservatives to UKIP.

Cannock East

Cannock East (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Muriel Davies 726 46.0 −8.6
UKIP Dave Morris 584 37.0 N/A
Conservative Mike Hoare 268 17.0 −28.4
Majority 142 9.0
Turnout 1,578 29.8
Labour hold Swing −22.8

Cannock North

Cannock North (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Allen 791 50.9 −5.8
UKIP Amanda Capewell 563 36.2 N/A
Conservative Phil Jones 200 12.9 −12.9
Majority 228 14.7
Turnout 1,554 27.8
Labour hold Swing −21.0

Cannock South

Cannock South (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Witton 657 42.2 +0.4
UKIP Kevin Whittaker 551 35.4 N/A
Conservative John Beddows 350 22.5 −15.7
Majority 106 6.8
Turnout 1,558 26.6
Labour hold Swing −17.9

Cannock West

Cannock West (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hyra Sutton 909 45.3 −19.1
UKIP Richard Pursehouse 586 29.2 N/A
Labour Craig Woods 512 25.5 −10.1
Majority 323 16.1
Turnout 2,007 35.2
Conservative hold Swing −24.2

Etching Hill and the Heath

Etching Hill and the Heath (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UKIP Stephanie Whitehouse 494 33.0 N/A
Conservative John Rowley 473 31.6 −6.1
Labour Dee Barfield 333 22.2 −1.3
Liberal Democrats Pat Ansell 199 13.3 −25.4
Majority 21 1.4
Turnout 1,499 28.4
UKIP gain from Liberal Democrats Swing −29.2

Hawks Green

Hawks Green (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UKIP Martin Buttery 634 43.0 N/A
Conservative Mike Sutherland 465 31.6 −15.9
Labour Tony Johnson 374 25.4 +0.4
Majority 169 11.4
Turnout 1,473 26.3
UKIP gain from Conservative Swing −29.5

Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury

Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UKIP Alan Dean 621 42.1 N/A
Labour Linda Tait 494 33.5 −2.2
Conservative Helen Borton 310 21.0 −16.1
Majority 127 8.6
Turnout 1,476 29.7
UKIP gain from Conservative Swing −29.1

Hednesford Green Heath

Hednesford Green Heath (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Adamson 524 43.0 +7.1
UKIP Mick Sage 335 27.5 N/A
Conservative Graham Burnett 283 23.2 −12.6
Independent Ron Turville 77 6.3 N/A
Majority 189 15.5
Turnout 1,219 31.2
Labour hold Swing −10.2

Hednesford North

Hednesford North (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sheila Cartwright 653 40.5 +1.7
UKIP John Pugh 562 34.9 N/A
Conservative John Burnett 397 24.6 −7.6
Majority 91 5.6
Turnout 1,612 30.0
Labour hold Swing −16.6

Norton Canes

Norton Canes (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Preece 710 41.1 +2.0
UKIP Martin Robinson 554 32.0 N/A
Conservative Peter Gilbert 440 25.4 −19.9
Liberal Democrats Ken Ansell 25 1.4 −14.2
Majority 156 9.1
Turnout 1,729 30.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +11.0

Rawnsley

Rawnsley (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UKIP Bill Hardman 447 35.7 N/A
Labour Sue Holliday 419 33.5 +2.4
Conservative Colin Lea 336 26.9 −14.9
Liberal Democrats Dameon Johnson 49 3.9 −23.2
Majority 28 2.2
Turnout 1,251 32.6
UKIP gain from Conservative Swing +11.0

Western Springs

Western Springs (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Mick Grocott ^ 389 24.6 N/A
Labour Chris Martin 349 22.1 −1.3
Conservative Jim Bowater 346 21.9 −11.8
UKIP Shane Harrison 309 19.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Ray Easton 187 11.8 −31.1
Majority 40 2.5
Turnout 1,580 28.6
Independent gain from Liberal Democrats Swing −27.9

^ Mike Grocott was re-elected as the councillor for the Western Springs ward after he had previously left the Liberal Democrats to become an Independent.

References

  1. ^ Cannock Chase District Council election, 2014 results Archived 15 June 2014 at Archive.today, Cannock Chase District Council website
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