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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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.

Ruling Tories lose control of Dudley Council

Rob Mayor

Political reporter, BBC WM

The Conservatives have lost control of Dudley Council amid claims the leadership allowed a "culture of bullying and harassment".

Dudley Council House
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Labour are now running the authority after a vote to remove Patrick Harley as leader last night.

It happened after a former Conservative councillor Heather Rogers, now an independent, raised concerns about bullying and described the leadership as "devalued and disgraced".

Councillor Harley told BBC WM the claims are "vexatious" saying "perhaps some people in politics need to get a thicker skin".

War of words over falling police numbers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

George Makin

A bitter exchange has broken out between the Conservative leader of Dudley Council and the office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner over who is responsible for falling police numbers in the borough.

Police officers
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Councillor Patrick Harley said on Facebook there was adequate funding to employ officers on the beat across the force area before attacking Labour PCC David Jamieson over the refurbishment of its headquarters, Lloyd House, in Birmingham.

The leader made his comments when answering questions from members of the public on a live webcast, claiming the renovation cost £50m and described "vamping up" the building a "disgrace".

His comments provoked a sharp response from the PCC’s office which said he had got his figures wrong and he was "out of touch with reality".

Assistant PCC Dr Lynnette Kelly said the force had faced more than £145m in funding cuts since 2010 and had lost more than 2,000 officers.