Labour and Green party candidates in Redditch react to a disappointing set of election results – WATCH NOW

Conservatives in Redditch triumphed in the local elections, gaining one council seat and retaining eight others.

Ann Isherwood ensured the Tories increased their majority in the town by successfully gaining Churchill, narrowly beating Labour’s Hannah Cartwright by 573 votes to 556.

The results were in stark contrast to the national picture where the Tories lost thousands of seats across the UK.

Bill Hartneet, Redditch’s Labour party leader, described the run in as a ‘very, very tight race’.

He said: “I think today’s results was more a national issue than a local issue.

“We need more votes; we will continue to campaign all year round.

“Our campaign and our manifesto were solid, housing, jobs, health, involving the public in decision making and that is what we will continue to do.”

Tories also managed to hold a further eight council seats across Redditch, these include; West Ward, Astwood Bank, Matchborough, Abbey, Crabbs Cross, Winyates, Headless Cross & Oakenshaw, Batchley and Brockhill.

Labour’s Jenny Wheeler fought off tight competition from conservative’s Luke Court to retain Greenlands, 602 votes to 561.

Green Party candidate for Crabbs Cross, Claire Davies, also expressed her disappointment at the election results, but remains optimistic that the Green Party has a future in Redditch.

She said: “Obviously I was disappointed that we didn’t get the seats we were after, but we have worked tirelessly this year and where we have been able to really focus, say in Crabbs Cross, we have seen some results.

“The tide is turning, we are seeing this nationally, I really do think it’s an exciting time.

“We are going to break this and we are going to get a green seat on the council.”

She was the closest the Green Party got to gaining a council seat in Redditch, winning 388 votes in Crabbs Cross which earned her second place, with conservatives Gareth Prosser holding his seat with 567 votes.