Con 44 (2/3 in Forsbrook, 1/3 in Biddulph W, Leek N, no candidates in Biddulph E, Biddulph N, Biddulph S) Lab 36 (2/3 in Biddulph W, Checkley, Leek E, 1/2 in Cheadle NE, Cheadle SE, 1/3 in Biddulph N, Cheddleton, Forsbrook, Leek W, no candidates in Caverswall, Cellarhead, Churnet, Dane, Manifold) Moorlands Democratic Alliance 20 (Caverswall, Cheadle NE, Hamps Valley, Ipstones, 2/3 in Cheadle W, Checkley, Forsbrook, Leek E, Leek S, Leek W, 1/2 in Cheadle SE, 1/3 in Brown Edge & Endon, Cheddleton) LD 11 (Bagnall & Stanley, Brown Edge & Endon, 1/3 in Biddulph N, Cheadle W, Leek E, Leek S, Leek W) Grn 8 (Bagnall & Stanley, 1/3 in Biddulph W, Brown Edge & Endon, Cheddleton, every Leek wards) UKIP 6 (Cheadle NE, Manifold, 1/3 in Biddulph E, Forsbrook, Leek E) Staffordshire Independent Group 1 (1/2 in Werrington) Ind 17 (Biddulph E (1/3), Biddulph Moor (2/1), Biddulph N (3/3), Biddulph S (1/1), Biddulph W (2/3), Cheadle NE (2/2), Cheadle SE (2/2), Churnet (1/2), Forsbrook (1/3), Leek S (1/3), Leek W (1/3)) No Desc 1 (Leek W (1/3))
Three Conservatives elected unopposed in Cellarhead (2) and Dane (1). One Labour guaranteed in Biddulph East (3 Lab, 1 UKIP, 1 Ind), one Independent guaranteed in Biddulph North (3 Ind, 1 Lab, 1 LD), one Conservative guaranteed in Churnet (2 Con, 1 Ind), one Labour guaranteed in Leek North (3 Lab, 1 Con, 1 Grn), for a total of 4 Cons, 2 Lab, 1 Ind
Obviously all eyes will be on Biddulph North here.
Indeed. Pondered if I should mention that name, but opted to not to so at the end. They got 13% in 2007 and 11% in 2003 in that ward (no one in 2011), so don't get your hopes up! It's an Independent stronghold.