Stoke & Staffordshire

Cannock Lib Dem leader loses to Labour's Gordon Brown

The Liberal Democrat leader of Cannock Chase District Council has lost his seat - to a Labour candidate from Scotland named Gordon Brown.

The Liberal Democrats lost five other seats in the area and Labour now has the most number of councillors with 17, but no party has overall control.

Councillor Neil Stanley lost his seat in Hagley ward to Mr Brown, who is not related to the former prime minister.

The engineer and former miner had not stood in a local election before.

The Tories have 13 seats and the Liberal Democrats 11.

Labour and the Conservatives both gained three seats each of the 15 being contested out of the 41 in total.

Before the election, no party had overall control but the Liberal Democrats were the largest party with 17 councillors.

Mr Brown gained 493 votes and his win was greeted by loud cheers.

Mr Stanley came second with 248 votes.

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