Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

A third of the seats in Dudley were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

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Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 14 Total councillors 35 Change+7

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 10 Total councillors 35 ChangeNo results

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 1 ChangeNo results

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 1 Change-7
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Council criticised over £650k bar overhaul plans

Local Democracy Reporting Service

George Makin

A scheme to use £650,000 of taxpayers' money to overhaul a town hall bar has been criticised as a waste of cash.

Dudley Town Hall
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Labour-controlled Dudley Borough Council is planning to use the funds to renovate the Dudley Town Hall bar.

But Conservative councillors have questioned whether it could be better spent on other services as the authority struggles with cuts to government funding.

However, the council says it will pay for itself in increased takings.

As someone who has experience of running bars and investing in them,  £650,000 is a hell of a lot of money."

Patrick HarleyConservative councillor

Rare mushrooms to be protected at beauty spot

Rare, brightly coloured mushrooms will be protected with the declaration of a beauty spot as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a council says.

Golden waxcap mushrooms at The Leasowes
Dudley Borough Council

Dudley Borough Council says Natural England has made the decision over the Leasowes in Halesowen, a 63-hectare nature reserve owned by the local authority.

It's also home to 28 species of waxcap mushrooms which the council says makes it the fourth richest grassland in England for such fungi.

New leader announced for Dudley council

A new leader of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has been named at a meeting of the full council.

Labour councillor Qadar Zada, former cabinet member for finance, takes over from Pete Lowe, who announced he was stepping down as leader earlier this month.

Councillor Qadar Zada
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Labour took over control of the council from the Conservative party in September, after a former Tory councillor raised concerns over bullying.

Conservative council leader Patrick Harley was forced out after councillor Heather Rogers, who defected to the Independent group, raised concerns over bullying.

Clean air zone kicked to the kerb, again

Local Democracy Reporting Service

George Makin

Another Black Country council has announced it has no intention of setting up a clean air zone after it was suggested the scheme should be extended.

Exhaust fumes
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Dudley has joined its neighbour Sandwell in putting the brakes on an idea to charge drivers of older petrol and diesel vehicles up to £10 to enter a designated area.

Think-tank Bright Blue said Birmingham’s clean air zone could be extended to “all relevant parts of the West Midlands Combined Authority”, including the Black Country, Coventry and Solihull, but this was rejected by the council.

However, the council said it was keen to work closely with Birmingham and other neighbouring authorities to understand what impact any potential clean air zone might have.

Birmingham traffic
BBC

Birmingham's scheme is due to come into effect in January 2020, charging between £6 and £10 per day on cars, and up to £100 a day on HGVs and similar vehicles.

Dudley conservative leader has 'no plans to step down'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The leader of Dudley's Conservatives has said he has no plans to step down as leader of the group despite losing control of the council last week.

Councillor Patrick Harley spoke after the borough's sole independent member, Councillor Heather Rogers, backed Labour.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
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At May's elections the Conservatives came from behind to win 35 seats, equal with Labour, and with the defection of the sole remaining UKIP councillor to the Tories, and the support of Ms Rogers, the group took control.

Mr Harley said his party would now target Norton, where former Conservative councillor Mike Attwood defected to labour.

"I'm no quitter, I'll lead my troops and we will go out and campaign and I'll personally knock doors in Norton," Mr Harley said.

"The people of Dudley voted for a Conservative administration, they didn't vote for people to throw their dolls out of the pram and cross the floor to vote with the opposition."

'Time for Tory leader to fall on his sword'

Rob Mayor

Political reporter, BBC WM

Labour have regained control of Dudley Council after a vote to oust the Conservative leader Patrick Harley.

But this council is still on a knife edge.

New leader Pete Lowe says a priority will be to review controversial plans for a travellers' site in Coseley, which has angered some local residents.

Patrick Harley’s leadership of the Conservative group is under extreme pressure.

One senior Conservative councillor told me his performance at the vote last night was "career ending" while a former Tory leader said it was "time for him to fall on his sword".

The fate of the Tory leadership in Dudley will be decided behind the scenes over the next few weeks and with the two parties separated by just one seat, elections in May are looming large.