Redditch Borough Council

A third of the seats in Redditch were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON GAIN FROM LAB
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 7 Total councillors 17 Change+4

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 12 Change-2

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-2
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Group leader says West Mids on brink of social collapse

The Labour group leader at Redditch Borough Council says he believes the West Midlands is on the brink of "social collapse".

Councillor Bill Hartnett has signed an open letter with other local politicians, calling for a complete reform of funding for local councils.

Bill Hartnett
BBC

Labour argues that austerity cuts since 2010 have had a disastrous impact on services, but the government says funding changes will offer the region more power to capitalise on growth from business rates.

Labour defends official role for convicted fraudster

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The leader of the Labour party in Worcestershire is defending allowing a convicted fraudster to take up an official role in the party.

David Roy Cartwright was leader of Redditch Borough Council three times betwen 2002 and 2005 but was jailed in 2009 after admitting to stealing at least £24,695 and making false claims totalling £63,467.

Now members of Redditch's constituency Labour party have elected him as their unpaid secretary, leading to one Conservative councillor saying he shouldn't be allowed such a position of responsibility.

But the Labour party says he deserves a second chance and won't be allowed near the party's finances.

He takes the minutes, he publishes the minutes, he helps draw up the agenda with me and other members. He contacts people to book places where we hold our meetings, that's the secretarial role, I suppose you'd call it a functional, nuts and bolts sort of role."

Robin LunnLeader of Labour party in Worcestershire

Elections 2018: Labour lose last council in Worcestershire

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The result in Redditch means Labour have lost control of their last council in Worcestershire.

The final declaration was a hold for the Conservatives and, with a majority now of three, they have control of the borough council.

BreakingElection 2018: Conservatives take control of Redditch

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The Conservatives have taken Redditch from Labour, overturning their majority of one.

The Tories have made four gains today out of the 10 seats up for election, with just one declaration to go.

Conservatives at Redditch
BBC

BreakingElections 2018: Conservatives make early Redditch gain

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

It's very early days here in Redditch but we've already seen a gain for the Conservatives from Labour, as they took the Abbey ward.

Now, before these elections, Labour had a majority of just one so, if everything else stays the same, the council would move to no overall control.

However, the Tories are “quietly confident” of taking council and one more net gain would do.

Elections 2018: Tories hold first seat on Redditch council

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The first result's been declared in Redditch where it's a hold for the Conservatives in Crabbs Cross.

Redditch
BBC

All eyes on Labour in Redditch as counting starts

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I'm in Redditch today for the results of their local elections - counting got under way just before midday.

This will be a question of whether Labour can hang on to control or even improve it, as they have a majority of just one from the last local elections.

Counting in Redditch due to start
BBC

The borough council says overall turnout in the election was 32%.

Town centre revamp could be key to people's votes

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

In previous general and local elections, the potential downgrade of Redditch's Alexandra Hospital has been key - that’s now a done deal and seems to have dropped down the parties’ lists of priorities.

A proposed redevelopment of the town centre is being opposed by the Tories and the sole surviving UKIP councillor as expensive and unnecessary.

Impression of part of the proposed development at Redditch Eastern Gateway
Stoford Developments

Another development issue to the east of the town is the Eastern Gateway, a massive £100m development site on greenfield land near a key A road junction.

The idea is to attract more hi-tech businesses but the fear from local neighbourhoods is that it will simply draw in distribution companies and increase traffic problems. Very much Labour’s baby so they may be punished in wards like Church Hill and Winyates.