1999 Redditch Borough Council election

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The 1999 Redditch Borough Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Redditch Borough Council in the West Midlands region, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

In total 32 candidates stood for the 10 seats that were up for election.[2] Nine of the ten seats were held by the Labour party before the election, with the remaining seat being Conservative.[3] The Labour party were confident of remaining in control of the council but the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were hoping to make gains.[2] A controversial issue in the election was a recent 2 million pound cost-cutting exercise, which the Labour council said had been necessary to safeguard the council's finances but the Conservative criticised it as having cut services and left residents unhappy.[3] Other major issues in the election included housing, play areas, crime, proposed building developments and the performance of the national Labour government.[2]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the defeat of the Labour deputy leader, David Cartwright, in Crabbs Cross ward where the Conservatives gained the seat.[4] Labour also lost their mayor, Andrew Fry, in the election but remained firmly in control of the council.[5] Following the election Phil Mould was elected to succeed David Cartwright as the Labour deputy leader of the council.[6]

Redditch Local Election Result 1999[7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 6 -3 60.0
  Conservative 3 +2 30.0
  Liberal Democrats 1 +1 10.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Redditch". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Control 'is in safe hands'". Birmingham Mail. 9 April 1999. p. 6.
  3. ^ a b Probert, Andy (5 May 1999). "Local election countdown opposition hopes tide has turned". Birmingham Mail. p. 6.
  4. ^ Stote, Martin (7 May 1999). "Tories stage early gains in the Shires". Birmingham Post. p. 7.
  5. ^ "At-a-glance guide to how the councils stand". Birmingham Post. 8 May 1999. p. 3.
  6. ^ "Deputy voted in". Birmingham Mail. 21 May 1999. p. 39.
  7. ^ "Results Continued". Financial Times. 8 May 1999. p. 12.