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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 June, 2004, 10:27 GMT 11:27 UK
City waiting for election result
Figures suggest turnout is generally up on last year
The full result of the Birmingham City Council elections will not be announced until Sunday after vote counting was abandoned on Friday.

Electoral officials and candidates made the decision during a second re-count of the Perry Barr ward at the National Indoor Arena.

A second re-count will resume on Sunday evening.

Despite two cabinet members and the deputy leader losing seats, Labour is the largest group on the hung council.

Labour casualties

In Walsall the Conservatives are celebrating after winning control of the council from no overall control despite a ballot box containing 200 votes being found under a table almost an hour after the result was announced.

It is understood the votes were then counted, but the returning officer refused to add them to the declared result, saying they would not have affected the outcome.

The final result left the Conservatives with 35 seats, Labour 16, the Liberal Democrats six, and one independent.

There were high-profile Labour casualties, Mohammed Nazir and Richard Worrell, who chaired the West Midlands Police and Passenger Transport authorities.

Tories control borough

Two councillors from the UK Independence Party also lost their seats.

The council has struggled in recent years and has been placed under special government measures to rescue its services.

The Conservatives were also successful in Dudley after taking control of the council for the first time in 21 years.

They gained the borough from no overall control and have nine new councillors.

The British National Party lost its only seat on the council after it came last in the Castle and Priory Ward.

Cabinet members lost

Meanwhile, Labour retained control of Wolverhampton City Council, kept three seats in the Bilston East ward and remained in control of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.

But the party suffered a setback in Brownhills after Dick Worrell, the chairman of Centro, lost his seat.

Labour is on course to be the largest party in a hung council in Birmingham.

It lost 10 seats, the Tories gained two and the Liberal Democrats lost two.

Three cabinet members in Birmingham, including Deputy Leader, Stewart Stacey, were ousted.

Elsewhere, the Conservatives have retained Solihull, with the Liberal Democrats overtaking Labour as the largest opposition party on the authority.



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