RUGELEY has its first UKIP councillor after yesterday’s elections.
A third of Cannock Chase Council’s seats were up for election this year, including one in Etching Hill and the Heath, one in Western Springs and one in Brereton and Ravenhill.
The votes were counted last night and it was a moment of triumph for UKIP, who scooped three seats and held onto a fourth in Rawnsley. Their gains were included Etching Hill in the Heath, where Stephanie Whitehouse took the seat out of independent control.
Previous incumbent Danny Davies, a former Liberal Democrat, did not stand for re-election. Liberal Democrat candidate Pat Ansell came in last place and the Conservatives and Labour took second and third place respectively.
The Liberal Democrats fared better in Brereton and Ravenhill, where Gerald Molineux held onto his seat. Labour came second and the Conservatives third.
In Western Springs independent candidate Mick Grocott, a former Liberal Democrat, was also re-elected. Former colleague and current Liberal Democrat Ray Easton was fifth, with Labour, Conservative and UKIP coming in second, third and fourth respectively.