Thursday’s by-election in the Bloxwich East Ward of Walsall Council has seen an historic swing to Labour of 19% in a ward which has for a good number of years been split between their party and the Conservatives, with the latter in the majority.
In a significant victory, the seat left vacant following the death of long-serving Tory Bill Tweddle fell to an apparently rejuvenated local Labour party, seeing the defeat of Conservative candidate Les Beeley by almost ninety votes, leaving the other parties to scrabble in the dust for those few votes left.
Labour’s successful candidate, the energetic and community-minded Julie Fitzpatrick, is married to Shaun Fitzpatrick, whose own battle on behalf of the Labour party saw a previous defeat of long-serving Beeley in the council elections earlier this year.
The full voting results are:
Labour 922, Conservative 834, UKIP 98, English Democrats 49, Green Party 16.
The numbers of seats on Walsall Council as therefore now as follows:
Lib Dem 5
The Bloxwich Telegraph would like to congratulate Julie Fitzpatrick on her success. We hope to be able to report more on her work as our newest Labour Councillor in the near future.
Figures courtesy Pheasey Park Farm Labour.