Labour party candidate Andy Cartwright won the Longbridge ward seat from long serving tory councillor Keith Barton in the local election, in the first of Labour’s 14 gains across the city.

Barton, Chair of the Equalities and Human Resources Scrutiny Committee for Birmingham City Council, has held the seat since 2004, winning with a majority of 421 in 2007.

Cartwright won the seat with a convincing majority of 447 votes, a 7.9% swing to Labour and over 46% of the poll.

The Liberal Democrat candidate, Claire Berwick , was pushed into fourth place in the poll with 276, with the British National Party’s Lynette Orton securing 320 votes to finish third.

Full results:

Result – Longbridge – Lab Gain
Name Party Votes % Poll
Barton
Keith Henry
The Conservative Party
Candidate
2,188 38.58
Berwick
Claire Elizabeth
Liberal Democrats 276 4.87
Cartwright
Andy
The Labour Party Candidate 2,635 46.46
Marriott
Colin
Green Party Candidate 221 3.90
Orton
Lynette Ann
British National Party 320 5.64

Electorate: 18,328
Majority: 447
Total votes for ward: 5,671
Total percentage votes for ward: 30.94


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