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Debbie Evans won the first borough seat for UKIP in Kingshurst and Fordbridge ward

Elections success for the Greens and UKIP

It's celebration time for the Greens in Solihull after the party moved into official opposition by winning three seats from Labour.

Coun Ian Hedley, Coun Ken Meeson and Trevor Eames

Parties confident, but defections may mean hard-fought battle too close to call

Solihull News focus on the local council elections on May 22.

Councillor Jean Hamilton

Fourth Lib Dem turns to Greens

A Solihull Liberal Democrat has become the fourth councillor to defect to the Green Party in disapproval at the party’s performance in the Coalition Government.

Mike Nattrass

Borough-based MEP quits UKIP

A BOROUGH-based MEP, who has represented UKIP since 2004, has quit the party in protest at leader Nigel Farage’s “totalitarian” leadership.

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UKIP vow to stand in every ward in Solihull next year

Members of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) plan to field a full slate of candidates across Solihull next year, following their unprecedented success in last week’s local elections

A ballot box with a paper being inserted.

Police and crime commissioner elected but dismal turn-out overshadows result

Only one in eight Solihull voters made it to the polling station at last week’s election for the police and crime commissioner – believed to be the worst turn out in the borough’s electoral history

Centro appoints new chairman.

CENTRO has elected John McNicholas as its new chairman at its annual general meeting this week.

Turn-out concerns in Solihull

OLTON had the best turn-out of any Solihull ward at the local elections earlier this month.

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Conservatives retain control of Solihull but the day belongs to the Greens and Independents

THE Conservatives have retained control of Solihull Council but it was the smaller parties who had most to smile about in the borough after the local elections.

SAMRA rebranded for local elections

SOLIHULL & Meriden Residents’ Association (SAMRA) will field candidates at this month’s local elections under a new name.

Greens launch local election manifesto in Solihull

SOLIHULL’S motto may be urbs in rure but the emphasis was very definitely on the rure when the Green Party launched their national mannifesto for the local elections in the borough.

SOLIHULL Green Party have been accused of playing political games after announcing they would not contest seats in three council wards at next month’s local elections.

Former Liberal Democrat turned Green councillor for Shirley West, Howard Allen, will be the only member of his party standing for election in the Shirley area, he says this is in order to hold the Conservatives to account over Parkgate.

Democracy dies

REGARDING Sainbury’s, at last Wednesday’s planning meeting, Dorridge’s three ward councillors let down the 1,000+ constituents who did not want such a large store here by sitting on the fence and making out that the community was split down the middle.

Alderman honour for council trio

THREE former Solihull councillors with 69 years of service between them have been made Honorary Aldermen of the borough.

LibDem ‘drubbing’ a one off, says Burt

SOLIHULL MP Lorely Burt has said that the Lib Dems’ drubbing in this year’s local elections was a “one-off.”

Voices ignored

Voices

A time to re-build

THESE have been trying times for Solihull’s Liberal Democrats.

‘Delight’ as Allen defects

“DELIGHTED!” That’s the message from Solihull’s Green Party as – in a surprise announcement – Shirley West Councillor, Howard Allen confirmed he had defected to the group, bringing its tally of Green’s on Solihull Council to four.

Keeping it in the family

CONSERVATIVE husband and wife Bob and Gail Sleigh both won seats on Solihull council in the local elections.

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