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So the elections are over and the Royal Town has voted! My constituents will be pleased to hear that annual local elections are now a thing of the past in our area – so no more Council elections, I hope, for 4 years.

I am delighted to report that on the Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council the local Conservatives triumphed; increasing our number of seats from 18 two years ago when the Town Council was first elected, to 21 out of 24.

This was a superb result and a fitting reward for the Leader of the Town Council, Simon Ward, and his hard working team who did so well in increasing their representation and their support from the local community.

This result is also an eloquent answer to some of the snide criticism thrown around by other Parties. In the event the Independents lost all their seats and we very much hope to win over all those who voted Independent, to the Conservative cause over the next 4 years.

I would particularly like to thank Liz Parry for her service as an Independent on the Town Council. Although she was not re-elected it was a pleasure to work with her and she was a fine servant to the local community. To all those who stood and all those who retired thank you for your service.

In the elections to Birmingham City Council, Sutton Conservative Councillors were elected by and large with very good majorities but, fairs fair, congratulations to Rob & Kath, the 2 Labour Councillors, on their election in Vesey – despite our best Conservative efforts! - and albeit it with the comparable Labour majority reduced by almost 50%!

I look forward to working with all our Councillors elected to serve the people of the Royal Town over the next 4 years for the good of everyone who makes up our exceptional Sutton Coldfield local community.

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