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2012 Birmingham Local Election Results – Labour Gain Control of Council

The local elections yesterday delivered the expected result, as Labour take control of the council after 8 years of ConDem coalition.
Of the candidates who replied to our pledges, Lisa Trickett won in Kings Heath & Moseley, Brett O’Reilly won in Northfield and Uzma Ahmed won in Bordesley Green. We look forward to Brett & Uzma fulfilling the pledges they signed and Lisa following through on the statement she made opposing leisure service privatisation and promising to support Connexions and young people in the city.

A list of results by ward is available from the Birmingham Post

Perhaps the most surprising result came in the Sutton Coldfield Vesey ward, where Labour won, taking a Sutton seat for the first time in over 60 years, so we are told. In that seat, the Conservative candidate won by 700 votes in 2011, this year the Conservative Candidate lost by over 800. This is not a direct comparison since the Conservative candidate was not the same person both years but it shows a huge swing against the Conservatives, who polled 1,400 fewer votes.

Over the country we see Tories and Liberal Democrats losing seats and councils, and in Bradford, Respect followed through their by-election result, gaining 5 of the 12 seats they fought including the seat of the Labour Leader in the city. In Birmingham, Communities Against the Cuts had respectable votes coming close to the Lib Dems in both Bournville and Kings Norton after just 5 weeks of campaigning. This, along with the low turnout, shows that voters are rejecting the mainstream parties and looking for alternatives as the economy continues to stutter.
Thankfully the BNP have done badly at the local elections, suggesting that the far right is failing to gather support in the UK but we must be vigilant and push our message of economic and social justice for all people. We have to continue to present ourselves as the alternative to the mainstream parties and be confident in our rejection of austerity and our proposals for alternative, sustainable, economic management.

What we are seeing is a rejection of this coalition, of their disastrous economic policies that have seen rising unemployment, real wages falling as inflation stays high, we are back in recession and the deficit is not falling – the CBI even predict the deficit will rise this year. Meanwhile the people who are paying for this economic failure are those who can least afford it – swingeing benefit cuts hitting people with disabilities, workfare undermining minimum wage work and failing the unemployed, working tax credit cuts for working class families, VAT rises whilst the top rate of tax falls.
Food, fuel and rent are all rising, but wages are not keeping up – and if you are on low wages claiming housing benefit then you might find that you can no longer afford your home under the new Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules.

Austerity Isn’t Working. Let’s pressure the new Labour controlled council here to take that message to central government, to fight for the people of Birmingham and against the economic agenda of the ConDem coalition, and to let their own national party know that saying these cuts are too far and too fast is not enough – we must reject cuts and austerity in favour of investment and employment.

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2011 Birmingham Council Election Results

If you are looking for information about 2012 Council election results, click here

Elections took place across the country yesterday, against the backdrop of council cuts and central government cuts. As expected, voters have deserted the Liberal Democrats in droves, who lost 2/3rd of their councillors and half of the councils they controlled (in the councils that held elections). It is a clear indication that people have punished the Lib-Dems for forming a coalition with the Tories, attacking our public services, introducing tuition fees and slashing EMA.

Although nationally the conservative party held up their vote, making very small gains, in Birmingham they lost nearly as many seats as the Lib Dems.
Labour was the big winner of the night, winning 800 new council seats across England, whilst the Greens also made significant gains, becoming the largest party in Brighton & Hove.

Birmingham followed a similar pattern to the rest of England, with Labour gaining 14 seats, also making them the single largest party and showing the strength of feeling about the £212 million being cut this year from services to some of the most vulnerable people at the cost of up to 7,000 jobs in the next 4 years. The council will still be run by a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition though, as there were never enough seats up for election this year to give Labour overall control.

The election results are a resounding NO! to cuts, both locally and nationally – with the Liberal Democrats bearing the brunt of the electorates anger.
Full results for Birmingham can be found here

In Kings Heath and Moseley, Martin Straker-Welds won for Labour, unseating the Liberal Democrat Emily Cox. Martin has been working with Kings Heath and Moseley against the Cuts, and we expect him to continue to work against cuts now he is in the council

Former deputy leader of the council, Stewart Stacey – who also unseated a Lib Dem – said this:

On the doorsteps and telephones everyone was telling us they were fed up with the cuts:

Cuts in income with Winter Fuel Allowance or EMA

Cuts in spending power the with VAT increase or inflation calculations

Cuts in public services with the Police and NHS

And cuts in library, leisure and care services, with worse to come.

And this was right across age, class and ethnic divides.

I stood on a platform of being a Strong Voice for them in Tough Times, and I intend to make my, and their, voice heard.

Labour also took seats from the Conservatives, notably in Harborne – where Peter Hollingworth had held the seat for 51 years – and Longbridge, an area still suffering from the effects of the closure of the Rover factory, and likely to be badly affected by cuts.

However, In Sparkbrook, a fierce contest between Ishtiaq, the Respect Council and Tony Kennedy for Labour saw Ishtiaq – who has been a vocal opponent of cuts – lose his seat. Turnout in this ward was particularly high, showing that voters in the area had come out to express their anger with the ConDem coalitions by voting Labour. We hope that Tony Kennedy will continue to fight the cuts with the same vigour that Ishtiaq displayed.

Elsewhere in the country, Liberal Democrat councillors fell like dominoes, with the Lib Dem leaders at councils in Sheffield, Nottingham, Hull and Liverpool all losing their seats. In Nottingham where the lib dems lost all of their seats, the Lib dem leader immediately called for Nick Clegg to resign.

In this economic climate there is more of a concern than ever that if services are cut it can lead to the politics of dispair. The ConDems would love us to be divided but the BNP and far right that normally try to capitalise on this were wiped out. In Stoke, the BNP lost all its seats, and had a bad day around the country. This is credit to anti-fascist campaigners who have been working hard to ensure that the downward trend of the BNP’s election results continues.

Overall these results send a solid message to the council and to central government. In Birmingham, and across the UK, people are rejecting the cutting policy, and calling for alternatives. They know that their jobs and services, the welfare state, NHS and education are under attack, and that the economy is not being served well by the cuts.
And these results send a message to activists and campaigners – there is a mood in the city, and country, to fight the cuts.

We need to build on this mood and work to create mass involvement in the forthcoming fights against cuts. We hope the election results give confidence to workers, unemployed workers, students and the community that we can break this nasty but weak coalition. Clearly that 500, 000 people on the streets of London on the 26th March has had an impact on the elections but a million on strike on the 30th of June will be a massive show of democracy with the highest level of committment from ordinary people.We hope this will give councillors confidence in joining with us to resist cuts and to support for workers balloting for strikes over the next month

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Planning Meeting on Monday

Birmingham against the Cuts will have it’s next planning meeting on Monday, at 18:30, Unison Offices, 19th Floor, McClaren Tower, Priory Queensway, City Centre.

We will be looking forward over the next couple of months with the national TUC demonstration in March and the local elections in May.  Everyone is welcome to attend, and give their input into the kinds of things we should be planning to do running up to these events.

Agenda:

Apologies and attendance

Important developments in struggles (Youth Service, CAB, Connexions, UNISON contract, CROSS,
Students, academies and free schools, Libraries, Day Centres, Women’s event)

Birmingham Budget Demonstration 26th February – brief appraisal

St Patrick’s Day Parade

March 26th demonstration London
a) Transport
b) Leaflet for coaches
c) Neighbourhood street stalls

Finance

Public Meeting April?

April 30th demonstration

Election of officers
a) Vice-Chair

Next organising meeting

Any Other Business

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