by Ian Shires on 4 May, 2018
Unfortunately we did not make the progress we’d have liked, but we didn’t lose any seats and that’s always a plus point. the big losers on the night were UKIP who thankfully have been well and truly wiped out. having said that we suspect that their vote has migrated to the Tories who now hold half of the 60 seats on the Council Labour having lost 2.
Have to say I am disappointed that hard work and all year round effort by us couldn’t stop national events from influencing the way some voted in what is supposed to be about local service and action. Theresa May’s Conservative and UDP Party has shifted so far to the right in its bid to oust UKIP it’s little wonder that the residue of its vote migrated to the Tories.
Having said all that when you look at the low turn outs it becomes pretty obvious that the ‘None of the above’ romped home. Only 27% of eligible voters actually exercised their right to vote. In Willenhall North 9482 people could have voted. As it turned out just 2555 bothered. In Short Heath the picture was much the same. Of the 8829 registered voters just 2390 bothered.
To those of you that went out to vote yesterday, thank you for taking the trouble, no matter which political party you voted for. To the 73% who decided there was something more important to do I’d be really interested to know what we need to do to get you to spend just a few minutes of your time to exercise your right to vote even if all you do in the end all you do is spoil your ballot paper.
I look forward to hearing from you.