The Conservative Party has retained control of Staffordshire County Council with an increased majority. With all 62 seats contested, the Conservatives won 57 compared to Labour’s four, with the remaining seat being taken by an Independent. Ballot papers cast on Thursday were counted at the eight boroughs and districts across the county today (8th May), following the count on Friday for the Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “I thank everyone who stood as a candidate or worked to make this election happen in difficult circumstances. “I am delighted that the people of Staffordshire have again placed their trust in us to continue delivering essential services in our communities. “We will continue to create the conditions for economic growth in Staffordshire, attracting new employers and supporting new ones as we recover from the pandemic. “At the same time we will work with our communities to focus on their needs and support them to live happier, healthier, independent lives.” This will be the fourth consecutive four-year term in charge of the County Council for the Conservatives following election successes in 2009, 2013 and 2017. The Conservatives entered the election holding 50 seats, with 10 for Labour and two independent councillors. In total, 243 candidates stood in 60 divisions for election to the 62 seats (CRT) available. With 32 seats needed to provide a majority in the council chamber, the result was:
Labour, Labour & Co-operative Party: 4
The results included the Conservatives winning six seats from Labour, including at Burntwood North and Chadsmoor in Cannock Chase and Keele, Knutton and Silverdale in Newcastle, plus a seat from an Independent councillor in the Uttoxeter Town division.
John Henderson CB, Chief Executive of Staffordshire County Council, was the returning officer. He said: “Staffordshire County Council’s annual budget is more than £500 million and our work touches everyone’s life in one way or another. “It’s vital that local people debate local issues and determine how the county council goes about its business, so I was very pleased to see every seat contested by multiple candidates and I thank them all for their time, effort and commitment to the democratic process.”