Wolverhampton election: Labor and Tory swap seats as City Council stays red

Carol Hyatt won Merry Hill for the job

The result leaves the composition of Wolverhampton’s council exactly the same as at the time of yesterday’s vote; 44 workers councilors and 16 curators.

Bushbury North was a target for the Tories and Tory Deputy Leader Simon Bennett was elected ahead of Labor candidate Alan Butt and Liberal Democrat candidate Harry Marston.

The newly elected councilor said it was an amazing feeling and he would work hard for his constituents.

He said: “It’s been a very tough and tough campaign and we’ve had to fight really hard against the outgoing adviser, so I think we can now show that we want to work for the region and have better ideas for the region. .

“As a resident of Bushbury, I want more than anything to make sure that residents benefit from the services, the infrastructure and everything that I can bring to them as a new councillor.

“The biggest issues are the green belt, which Labor is trying to sell and one of my commitments is to fight as hard as I can to protect it from development.”

Simon Bennett celebrates taking Bushbury North for the Tories

In Merry Hill, Labor was seeking the seat and Tory candidate James Montero was beaten by Labour’s Carol Hyatt, who won by just six votes after a recount ahead of Mr Montero and Liberal Democrat candidate David Marsh.

Visibly moved, Ms Hyatt said she was very upset and was thrilled to get started.

She said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey, especially my awesome agent Andy Winter.

“I look forward to working for the constituents of Merry Hill and the hard work starts tomorrow and it’s just fantastic.”

There were few other surprises in the Wolverhampton council election count, as the status quo was maintained on council after a long evening of counting and checking at Aldersley Leisure Village.

Council leader Ian Brookfield holds a sign to congratulate Paul Sweet who is sick at home

The Conservatives expected to win at least one new seat, while Labor sought to retain the 17 seats they held at election time and potentially win one more from the Conservatives.

The sports hall at Aldersley Sports Village was a hive of activity once the 124 ballot boxes arrived from polling stations in the 20 disputed wards, with candidates walking down the hall to observe the tally and check the number of votes cast.

At around 1 a.m., the verification ended and the count could continue for all services, with the final results announced after 3 a.m.

Voter turnout was less than a third, with 50,395 out of 183,932 people casting a vote, a percentage of 27.40.

It was a long night for some of those who were counting

Turnout was highest at Tettenhall Wightwick at 39.96%, with Penn following at 39%, while the lowest turnout was 18.90% at Bushbury South and Low Hill, followed by 19.05 % at East Park.

Wolverhampton council chief councilor Ian Brookfield said the number of votes cast for Labor was positive ahead of the general election race.

He said: “Our share of the vote in Wolverhampton has increased which is good news compared to any general election and I think the Conservative red wall seats will be quite worried at the end of the day once they will see the size of the ballot boxes.

“As a council, the most important thing we need to work on is the rising cost of living, even today with rising interest rates, and I think it’s going to get worse before it s ‘improve, so we need to do what we can as a council to help.

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