THE shock result of the elections came in Blythe where the Independent Ratepayers gained their first seat on Solihull Council from the Tories.
Independent Ratepayers and Residents candidate Linda Brown said she was ‘delighted’ by the result.
“We’re not a brand like the Tories, it’s down to the individual person,” she said.
“I’m not political, that’s why I’m an Independent. I’m just here for the people.
“You have to respect what they want, it’s not about you or just sticking to party lines.
“It’s been a long time since anyone has just been here on their behalf.”
Former councillor Martin McCarthy blamed the loss of his seat on the “amount of misinformation” put out by the Ratepayers and said he would be watching Coun Brown’s term with interest.
“It can be a bit of a bonus when these Independent candidates get in and have to try and meet some of their promises,” he added.
Leader of the Conservative group, Coun Ken Meeson, defended the party’s loss, claiming Blythe had “a tradition of electing independent members”.
“There has been a lot of national controversy about certain Government policies,” Coun Meeson added.
But he claimed that his group’s gain from the Lib Dems in Shirley East was proof of their popularity.