Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Conservatives take control of Dudley council

The Conservatives gained 12 seats to secure an overall majority. Read the full story here.

Dudley scoreboard

2021 Conservative gain from no overall control, change from 2019

Counting complete. After 26 of 26 seats declared.

Change compared with 2019
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 23
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +12
    • Councillors overall total 46
  2. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 3
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -11
    • Councillors overall total 24
  3. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 2
  4. UK Independence Party

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -1
    • Councillors overall total 0
  1. Disabled councillor says authority not taking her seriously

    BBC Radio WM

    A Dudley councillor has slammed the local authority, saying she is left unable to attend meetings due to accessibility problems with the building.

    Elaine Taylor accused the council of "failing disabled people" like her after she arrived for a meeting on the second floor and found the lift out of order.

    The member for Netherton, Woodside & St Andrew's Ward says she has had mobility problems for about four years.

    Elaine Taylor

    "I am absolutely angry and frustrated," she said. "These meetings are important, they're what we're elected to do, and I find that I'm not able to get there... there's no way I can get up to the second floor without a lift.

    "Any disabled visitor has to take the same route that I take, so if it's happening to me as an elected member, it's happening to the general public.

    "I am not feeling they are taking me seriously enough to make the adjustments that they need. I feel this council is just failing disabled people, full stop."

    The council has been approached for comment.

  2. How the Conservatives won control in Dudley

  3. Labour need to 'go away and understand' lack of support

    The Labour leader of Dudley council, Councillor Qadar Zada, has said the party need to "go away and understand" why it didn't get the support in the election.

    Some counting is still left to do, but the Tories will have overall control.

    Councillor Qadar Zada
    Quote Message: I always came into this thinking this would be an unusual election. I was expecting an unusual result if I'm honest. I wasn't expecting to have the number of losses that we've experienced." from Qadar Zada Councillor
    Qadar ZadaCouncillor
  4. 'Great night' for Tories in Dudley, says leader

    "This is a great night for the Conservative Party in Dudley" - the words from the Conservative group leader in Dudley.

    "We appear to be sweeping the boards gaining seat after seat, but not just scraping through, but getting fantastic majorities," Councillor Patrick Harley told the BBC.

    Patrick Harley

    "It's a total rejection of the Labour party from the people of Dudley.

    "Our programme of regeneration and trying to rebuild this borough and make it better is connecting with the people of the borough."

  5. Votes still being counted in Dudley

    Rob Mayor

    Political reporter, BBC Radio WM

    More results are still to come but the Tories have enough for a majority.

    They've taken nine seats from Labour so far, with more counting still to do.

  6. BreakingConservatives secure overall majority at Dudley council

    Our reporter Ben Godfrey says the Conservatives have secured an overall majority of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

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  7. Gains for the Tories in Dudley

    Rob Mayor

    Political reporter, BBC Radio WM

    We need more results before it's official but there is no doubt the Conservatives are well on their way to taking control of Dudley in a big win.

    Counting in Dudley

    Tories here are excitedly chatting about possibilities elsewhere eyeballing the potential for gains in Walsall, Wolverhampton and even the rock solid Labour territory of Sandwell.

    The following ward areas have all declared as a gain for the Tories from Labour:

    • Brierley Hill
    • Upper Gornal & Woodsetton
    • Brockmoor & Pensnett
    • Quarry Bank & Dudley Wood
  8. Masks and hand sanitiser at the ready

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    Vote verification is under way in Dudley.

    We have been allowed a very brief moment to film the counting from the floor.

    There are screens up separating the counting staff from candidates and staff.

    General view of count in Dudley

    I'm told the council ordered more than 30,000 masks and more than 1,600 bottles of hand sanitiser for the local election counting.

    The Conservative leader Patrick Harley has told me he believes his party is heading for a large number of gains from Labour and a clear overall majority, but just two wards on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council have declared so far.

    Ballot boxes arrive in Dudley
  9. Data error sees election letters sent to wrong people

    A council has apologised after using out-of-date information when sending letters reminding people to register to vote.

    Sign for polling station

    Dudley Council admitted some residents had received letters for May's elections addressed to previous occupants after "we accidentally used data from a previous year".

    Despite living and being registered at her current address for almost four years, Jo Easthope, from Dudley, was among those to receive a letter on Friday.

    It was addressed to a former resident whom she was told by neighbours had died.

    "It has always been drummed into me to vote, I have only missed one vote since I was 18 which was when I was undergoing chemotherapy," she said.

    Ms Easthope said she had tried to call the council about the situation, but had only been able to leave a voicemail and had not had a response.

    She has now re-registered to vote, but said she was worried it would not go through in time for her to vote in the upcoming local elections on 6 May.

    Kevin O'Keefe, the council's chief executive and electoral returning officer, said it would review its checking system but the error had only affected people who had moved house since 2016.

    "If you have voted at the same address previously, you do not need to take any action. People only need to get in touch if there are changes at the property or if they wish to register for a postal vote."

  10. More money to look after most vulnerable in Dudley

    An additional £10m is to be spent on looking after the most vulnerable people in Dudley.

    Hands - generic

    More than £5m is to be invested in adult social care, with money earmarked to meet the rising costs of social care for people with complex dementia and learning disabilities, said Dudley Council, after the budget was approved on Monday night.

    In addition, there is to be a £4.8m extra spend on children’s services.

    The council is to increase the basic rate of council tax by 1.99% next year, with a further 3% for services for older and more vulnerable people. This increase equates to about £1.03 extra a week for a Band B property in the borough.

    Quote Message: We never take a decision to increase council tax lightly. However, with levels in Dudley some of the lowest in the country and the lowest in the Black Country, increases are difficult to avoid if we want to continue to provide services people will be proud of from Steve Clark Cabinet member for finance
    Steve ClarkCabinet member for finance
  11. Library set for brick-by-brick removal to museum

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    George Makin

    A library is set to be taken apart brick-by-brick and moved three miles down the road.

    The library

    The 19th Century former Woodside Libray, on Stourbridge Road, which shut in 2008 is being transported and then rebuilt at the Black Country Living Museum.

    It's part of a £23m expansion which also includes the creation of a 1940s-60s town.

    A planning application has been submitted to Dudley Council asking permission to take down the 19th Century building in February.

  12. Swimming pool completed in £18.2m leisure scheme

    People in Dudley can get an idea of the size of the swimming pool being built in the new £18.2m leisure centre.

    The new pool

    The council has released photos showing the shape of the new pool which it said had been filled with water recently to test it.

    The new centre, being built off Flood Street, features an eight-lane, 25m pool, a teaching pool, a sports hall and a gym and fitness suite.

    The next stage of the project, finishing the roof, should be completed early next year, the council said.

  13. Dudley braced for tougher tier 2 Covid restrictions

    Rob Mayor

    Political reporter, BBC Radio WM

    Dudley could find out today if it will face tougher Covid-19 rules, the leader of the council has told BBC Radio WM.

    Shoppers wearing protective face masks walk along High Street, Dudley

    The borough is the only one in the West Midlands not to have tier two rules which ban households from mixing including inside bars or restaurants.

    New cases of coronavirus have been increasing in Dudley with 135.9 per 100,000 people in the week up to 16 October, compared with 95.8 for the previous seven days.

    Council leader Patrick Harley told me if a decision to move them to tier two is not taken today, it is pretty much inevitable in the next week.