Swindon Borough Council elections

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Swindon Borough Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Swindon in Wiltshire, England. Until 1 April 1997 its area was a non-metropolitan district called Thamesdown Borough Council, with Wiltshire County Council providing the county-level services. Also in April 1997, less than a month after taking over the county-level services, the council changed its name from Thamesdown to Swindon.

Political control[edit]

Since the first election to the new Thamesdown borough council in 1973, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1][2]

Thamesdown (district council)[edit]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–1976
No overall control 1976–1978
Labour 1978–1997

Swindon Borough Council (unitary authority)[edit]

Party in control Years
Labour 1997–2000
No overall control 2000–2004
Conservative 2004–present

Leadership[edit]

The role of mayor is largely ceremonial in Swindon, with political leadership instead being provided by the leader of the council. The leaders since 1998 have been:[3]

Councillor Party From To
Sue Bates Labour 1998
Maurice Fanning Labour 1998 1999
Sue Bates Labour 1999 27 Sep 2001
Mike Bawden Conservative 11 Oct 2001 17 May 2002
Sue Bates Labour 17 May 2002 21 Aug 2002
Kevin Small Labour 21 Aug 2002 16 May 2003
Mike Bawden Conservative 16 May 2003 19 May 2006
Roderick Bluh Conservative 19 May 2006 11 Apr 2013
David Renard Conservative 11 Apr 2013

Council elections[edit]

District council[edit]

Unitary authority[edit]

Results maps[edit]

By-election results[edit]

1997–2001[edit]

Central By-Election 15 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 548 46.3
Liberal Democrats 300 25.3
Conservative 224 18.9
Green 69 5.8
Socialist Labour 44 53.7.8
Majority 248 21.0
Turnout 1,185 20.7
Labour hold Swing
Park By-Election 21 August 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 715 66.0 -4.4
Conservative 297 27.4 +11.2
Liberal Democrats 72 6.6 -6.8
Majority 418 38.6
Turnout 1,084 15.2
Labour hold Swing

2001–2005[edit]

St Margaret By-Election 30 January 2003[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Raymond Fisher 814 52.5 +5.3
Labour 409 26.4 -13.2
Liberal Democrats 258 16.6 +3.4
UKIP 69 4.5 +4.5
Majority 405 26.1
Turnout 1,550 20.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Central By-Election 22 January 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 513 37.9 +0.3
Liberal Democrats 359 26.5 -12.1
Conservative 229 16.9 -0.6
SA 119 8.8 +8.8
Green 71 5.2 +5.2
SOU 41 3.0 -3.2
UKIP 21 1.6 +1.6
Majority 154 11.4
Turnout 1,353 19.4
Labour hold Swing
Western By-Election 22 January 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 829 47.5 +4.2
Conservative 651 37.3 +11.3
Liberal Democrats 154 8.8 -13.5
UKIP 79 4.5 -3.9
Green 34 1.9 +1.9
Majority 178 10.2
Turnout 1,747 23.5
Labour hold Swing
Walcot By-Election 3 February 2005[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Mallinson 706 38.4 -3.4
Conservative 586 31.9 -1.8
Liberal Democrats 338 18.4 +1.2
Independent 106 5.8 +5.8
Green 60 3.3 -3.9
UKIP 43 2.3 +2.3
Majority 120 6.5
Turnout 1,839 35.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

2009–2013[edit]

Moredon By-Election 4 November 2010[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jenny Millin 887 47.5 +12.6
Conservative Toby Elliott 755 40.4 +1.0
UKIP William Oram 129 6.9 +6.9
Liberal Democrats Chris Ward 98 5.2 -13.3
Majority 132 7.1
Turnout 1,869 23.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Blunsdon and Highworth by-election 15 November 2012[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Weisinger 1,453
Labour Phil Beaumont 1,075
UKIP John Lenton 195
Green Andrew Donald Day 111
Liberal Democrats Cath Smith 23
Majority 378
Turnout 32.6
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Swindon". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Council minutes". Swindon Borough Council. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  4. ^ legislation.gov.uk – The Borough of Thamesdown (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1975. Retrieved on 19 November 2015.
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk – The North Wiltshire and Thamesdown (Areas) Order 1980. Retrieved on 18 November 2015.
  6. ^ The Oxfordshire and Wiltshire (Areas) Order 1980
  7. ^ The Borough of Thamesdown (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1986
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk – The Borough of Swindon (Electoral Changes) Order 1999. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Swindon". BBC News Online. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Want to be a Councillor?". Swindon Borough Council. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  11. ^ legislation.gov.uk – The Swindon (Electoral Changes) Order 2012. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  12. ^ legislation.gov.uk – The Swindon (Electoral Changes) Order 2015. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Local Elections 2018 – Swindon Borough Council". BBC News. 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Labour slips in the snow". guardian.co.uk. London. 31 January 2003. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  15. ^ "Double defeat for Tories in the west of England". guardian.co.uk. London. 4 February 2005. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  16. ^ "Labour takes seat from Tories in election". This is Wiltshire.co.uk. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  17. ^ "Conservatives hold Blunsdon and Highworth ward in by election". swindonadvertiser.co.uk. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.

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