Wiltshire County Council election, 1997

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Elections to Wiltshire County Council were held on 1 May 1997. The whole council was up for election and the result was no overall control, with the Conservatives as the largest party.

As with other county elections in England, these local elections in Wiltshire took place on the same day as the United Kingdom general election, 1997.

Election Result[edit]

Wiltshire Local Election Result 1997
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 22 +4 46.81 43.4 107,867 +46,488
  Liberal Democrat 20 -13 42.55 35.2 87,367 +23,260
  Labour 4 -13 8.51 18.3 45,365 +6,920
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 2.13 1.6 3,978 +426
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.4 3,481 +2,402
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0 0.14 257 -1,992
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.09 230 +230

Results by divisions[edit]

Aldbourne and Ramsbury[edit]

Aldbourne and Ramsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Paul Humphries 2,571
Liberal Democrat Graham Francis 2,213
Labour Brian McLintock 660
Majority 358

Alderbury[edit]

Alderbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Temple Blackwood 2,668
Liberal Democrat Roger Hardy 1,114
Labour Ann Oliver 599
Majority 757


Amesbury[edit]

Amesbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Allan Godfrey Peach 2,283
Liberal Democrat Michael Allen 1,389
Labour Ross Pelling 722
Green Peter Matthews 157
Majority 894

Avon and Cannings[edit]

Avon and Cannings
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dennis James Willmott 2,207
Liberal Democrat John Thompson 1,582
Labour Terrence O'Sullivan 1,118
UKIP Alan Wood 108
Majority 625

Bedwyn and Pewsey[edit]

Bedwyn and Pewsey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Mary Scott 2,735
Conservative Arthur Bromwich 2,380
Labour Michael Maude 884
Majority 355

Bourne Valley[edit]

Bourne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Christopher Wren 2,718
Liberal Democrat Simon Frost 1,705
Labour Mark Riches 920
Majority 1,013


Bradford on Avon[edit]

Bradford on Avon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Victoria Christine Scott Landell Mills 2,710
Conservative Robert George Ian Elliott 1,533
Labour Angela Womersley 934
Green David Gilbert 385
UKIP John Douglas Sankey 122
Majority 1,177


Bremhill and Calne[edit]

Bremhill and Calne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christine Crisp 2,854
Liberal Democrat Sandra Webb 2,277
Labour David Songhurst 868
Majority 577


Calne[edit]

Calne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nancy Suzanne Bryant 1,854
Liberal Democrat Jeanette Greer 1,692
Labour Maureen Songhurst 1,354
Majority 162


Chippenham Park[edit]

Chippenham Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Patrick Charles Bourne Coleman 2,746
Conservative Mary Norton 1,661
Labour Stephen Wheeler 863
Majority 1,085


Chippenham Sheldon[edit]

Chippenham Sheldon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat June Margaret Wood 1,994
Conservative Donald Ellis 1,392
Labour Maureen Lloyd 1,357
Majority 552


Chippenham Town[edit]

Chippenham Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Philip George Allnatt 2,709
Conservative Richard Purdon 1,967
Labour Tim Hayhoe 712
Majority 742


Collingbourne[edit]

Collingbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Mark Connolly 1,613
Conservative Peter Colling 1,489
Labour Eric Dalkin 722
Independent Anthony Still 489
Majority 122


Corsham[edit]

Corsham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Peter Roy Davis 1,893
Conservative Hywel Jones 1,438
Labour Chris Reid 799
Majority 455


Cricklade and Purton[edit]

Cricklade and Purton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Brian Edward Atfield 2,570
Conservative Peter Smith 1,862
Labour Brian Bayton 773
Majority 708


Devizes[edit]

Devizes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Sheila Nancy Taylor 1,918
Conservative Maurice Came 1,496
Liberal Democrat Bryan Castle 893
Majority 422


Devizes South and Bromham[edit]

Devizes South and Bromham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patricia Rugg 2,932
Labour James Thorpe 1,647
Liberal Democrat Henry Jordan 1,636
Majority 1,285


Downton[edit]

Downton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julian Paul Johnson 2,814
Liberal Democrat Roger Ford 1,617
Labour Hamish Ross 1,047
Green Marion Reed 310
Majority 1,197


Durrington[edit]

Durrington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Linda Patricia Morris 1,731
Liberal Democrat Judith Greville 1,636
Labour Tamsen Jacobs 812
Green Mark Pafford 105
Majority 95


Holt[edit]

Holt
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Terrence Peter (Terry) Chivers 2,792
Conservative Carolyn Joy Walker 2,142
Labour Gregory Anthony Coombes 537
Liberal George Frederick James Hawkins 256
Green John Richard Pearce 230
Majority 650

Kington[edit]

Kington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jane Antoinette Scott 3,002
Liberal Democrat Doreen Darby 2,926
Labour Peter Mellett 732
Majority 76


Lavington[edit]

Lavington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Bernard William Jarvis 2,663
Liberal Democrat Ann Thomson 1,534
Labour David Wearn 1,158
Majority 1,129


Malmesbury[edit]

Malmesbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Lesley Clare Stockman Bennett 2,490
Conservative Andrew Watson 2,369
Labour Daphne Jones 837
Majority 121


Marlborough[edit]

Marlborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Margaret Boulton 1,816
Conservative Josephine Goodfellow 1,772
Labour Alec Light 782
Majority 44


Melksham[edit]

Melksham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Salisbury 1,567
Liberal Democrat Angela Betty Barker 1,354
Conservative Kenneth Williams 768
Majority 213

Melksham Without[edit]

Melksham Without
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Barrie Wesley 2,524
Conservative Anthony Molland 2,193
Labour John Adcock 1,663
Majority 187


Mere[edit]

Mere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert George Catton 2,131
Liberal Democrat Mark Houghton-Brown 1,346
Labour Graham Parish 604
Majority 785


Minety[edit]

Minety
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carole Alethea Soden 3,418
Liberal Democrat Anne Davis 1,925
Labour John Battersby 457
Majority 1,493


Pickwick with Box[edit]

Pickwick with Box
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Judith Helen Seager 1,984
Liberal Democrat Dianne McGee 1,701
Labour Christopher Lynch 1,375
Majority 283


Salisbury Bemerton[edit]

Salisbury Bemerton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Terance Rogers 2,040
Conservative Pamela Roche 997
Liberal Democrat Jo Heaney 883
Majority 1,043


Salisbury Harnham[edit]

Salisbury Harnham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iris Throp 1,852
Liberal Democrat Brian Dalton[1] 1,261
Labour Gary Buckley 665
Green Rosemary Perry 186
Majority 591

Salisbury St Mark[edit]

Salisbury St Mark
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Frederick Chalke 2,399
Liberal Democrat John Cherry 1,239
Labour Kelvin Dawson 731
Green Susan Wright 132
Majority 1,160


Salisbury St Martin[edit]

Salisbury St Martin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul William Leslie Sample 2,261
Conservative Kevin Robbin 1,511
Labour Susan Mallory 772
Green Indira Nath 209
Majority 750


Salisbury St Paul[edit]

Salisbury St Paul
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Beryl Mary Jay 2,503
Conservative Timothy Nolan 1,102
Liberal Democrat Rachel Smith 840
Majority 1,401


Southwick[edit]

Southwick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Napier Beatson Irving 1,687
Independent Anthony Guy Phillips 1,500
Labour Brian Michael Staines 571
Green David John Howells 316
Majority 187


Tisbury[edit]

Tisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert John Baddeley 2,420
Liberal Democrat Felicity Corp 1,571
Labour Paul Whiteside 567
Majority 849


Trowbridge East[edit]

Trowbridge East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Thomas Raymond James 1,754
Conservative Joan Barbara Savage 1,484
Labour Jeffrey Bryan Osborn 1,244
Green Antoinette (Toni) Beizsley 150
Majority 270


Trowbridge South[edit]

Trowbridge South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Grace Hill 2,363
Labour Jefferey David Morris 1,628
Conservative Patrick Andrew Sturges 1,473
Majority 735


Trowbridge West[edit]

Trowbridge West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Shawne Edney Westbrook 1,482
Conservative Anthony Ivan Moore 1,041
Labour Helen Bridget Osborn 929
Green Carolyn Susan (Lyn) Davis 120
Majority 441


Upper Wylye Valley[edit]

Upper Wylye Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mary Fleur de Rhé-Philipe 2,076
Liberal Democrat John Denby-Gardner 1,167
Labour Ernest Martin McCleave 501
Green Kevan James Corcoran 220
Majority 909


Warminster East[edit]

Warminster East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dorothea Joan Main 1,716
Liberal Democrat Catherine Jane Day 1,187
Labour Robert Alan Smith 706
Green Jonathan William Daniels 224
Majority 529


Warminster West[edit]

Warminster West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Edward Syme 2,599
Conservative Helen Kathleen Margaret Muriel Rowley 1,623
Green Elsa-Marie Kitching 483
Majority 976


Westbury[edit]

Westbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Christopher Newbury 1,686
Liberal Democrat Gordon Ian King 1,650
Conservative John Aidan Booth 1,324
Labour Michael Sutton 974
Green James Oliver Toyne 102
Majority 36


Whorwellsdown Hundred[edit]

Whorwellsdown Hundred
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Douglas Malcolm Firmager 2,348
Conservative Geoffrey Richards 1,910
Labour John William Hawkes 718
Majority 438


Wilton and Wylye[edit]

Wilton and Wylye
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ian Clive West 2,293
Conservative Anthony Brown-Hovelt 1,987
Labour Michael Thomas 725
Independent Timothy Ingle Abbott 303
Green Sarah Green 152
Majority 306


Wootton Bassett North[edit]

Wootton Bassett North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mollie Eileen May Groom 1,789
Liberal Democrat Duncan Bamford 1,327
Labour Julian Watson 679
Majority 462

Wootton Bassett South[edit]

Wootton Bassett South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Toby Russell Sturgis 2,641
Liberal Democrat Daphne Matthews 2,323
Labour Ellis Webb 991
Majority 318

References[edit]


Preceded by
Wiltshire County Council election, 1993
Wiltshire local elections Succeeded by
Wiltshire County Council election, 2001