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15th Jun, 2021

The hard work begins now: Triumphant Tories vow to deliver

“I’M truly humbled – and lost for words that the people of Redditch have put such faith in us – we have some amazing characters in our team and it is now up to us to deliver.”

Those were the words of Councillor Matt Dormer, the Leader of Redditch Borough Council after his Conservative party swept the board at the local elections on May 6, capturing seven Labour seats and topping their group leader Bill Hartnett and deputy leader Greg Chance.

“Bill, I really like the guy, and Greg Chance and Joe Baker, those are three top, top guys and they will be badly missed in their party and by my team too,” said Coun Dormer.

“And it’s a shame that all this has happened under Covid because I have not been able to say a proper goodbye to them.”

The results will undoubtedly lead to much soul searching amongst Labour as the Tories didn’t just creep across the line but won by some handsome margins.

“The hard work comes now – people have bought into our vision for the town and we’ve got some good councillors who have now come on board to deliver it and deliver it we will, come what may.”

He singled out Alex Fogg’s success in Matchborough, where the controversy over plans for a possible cemetery on Ipsley meadows has raged, has indicative of the party’s success.

“Here were people in the ward voting for us in spite of the cemetery,” he said.

The results in full:

Batchley & Brockhill: [Vacant seat]

Phil Berry (Labour) – 682

Lucy Harrison (Conservatives) – 1,152

Lea Room (Greens) – 114


Imran Altaf (Conservatives) – 702 [Tory gain]

Greg Chance (Labour) – 657

David Gee (Liberal Democrats) – 81

Vicki Lees (Greens) – 109

Church Hill:

Karen Ashley (Conservatives) – 907 [Tory gain]

Bill Hartnett (Labour) – 565

Steve Sergent (Greens) – 83

Mark Tomes (Liberal Democrats) – 334


Joe Baker (Labour) – 649

Emma Marshall (Conservatives) – 956 [Tory gain]

Tony Pitt (Liberal Democrats) – 82

Rylma White (Greens) – 80

Headless Cross & Oakenshaw:

Aled Evans (Conservatives) – 1,436

Lisa King (Labour) – 553

John Marsh (Liberal Democrats) – 130

Alistair Waugh (Greens) – 163

Lodge Park:

Chris Hudson (Greens) – 65

Joanna Kane (Labour) – 487

Timothy Pearman (Conservatives) – 591 [Tory gain]

Ian Webster (Liberal Democrats) – 33


Andrew Bevan (Labour) – 535

Alex Fogg (Conservatives) – 813 [Tory gain]

Claire Nicholl (Greens) – 109

Andy Thompson (Liberal Democrats) – 83


Matt Dormer (Conservative) – 1,267

Monica Fry (Labour) – 382

Diane Thomas (Liberal Democrats) – 91

Simon Venables (Greens) – 112


Isabel Armstrong (Independent) – 156

Luke Court (Conservatives) – 1,230 [Tory gain]

Pamela Gee (Liberal Democrats) – 79

Sharon Harvey (Labour) – 516

Gabby Hemming (Greens) – 105


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