Wiltshire Council elections

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As a result of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, the former Wiltshire County Council and the four districts within its geographical area were replaced by the new Wiltshire Council, which is a unitary authority covering the same area, with elections continuing to be held every four years, beginning in June 2009. Previously, Wiltshire County Council had been elected between 1889 and 2005, initially every three years, later every four years.


The county council was established in 1889 as the principal local authority for the historic county of Wiltshire. It continued as such until April 1997, when the borough of Swindon became a unitary authority, taking almost a third of the population out of the area then falling under Wiltshire County Council. From 2009, it became Wiltshire Council.

Election results[edit]

Wiltshire County Council[edit]

  • 5 May 1977: the Conservatives held onto control, winning fifty-seven seats, a gain of seventeen. Labour won fourteen, the Liberals and Independents four each.[1]
  • 7 May 1981: following boundary changes, the Conservatives again retained control, winning forty seats, Labour had twenty, the Liberals twelve, and Independents two, including one Ratepayer.[2]
  • 2 May 1985: the Conservatives lost their majority, winning only thirty seats, resulting in no overall control. The Liberals took seventeen seats and their Social Democrat allies eight, Labour seventeen, plus three Independents, including one Ratepayer.[3] Following the elections, an agreement between the leader of the Liberals, Jack Ainslie, and the leader of the Labour members, Mary Salisbury, led to the formation of a minority SDP–Liberal Alliance administration.[4]
  • 4 May 1989: Conservatives 35, Liberal Democrats 18, Labour 18, Independents 2, Liberal 1, SDP 1, resulting in a continuation of no overall control, this time with the Liberal Democrats and Labour forming a joint administration.
  • 6 May 1993: Liberal Democrats 33, Conservatives 18, Labour 17, resulting in a further four years of no overall control, with a Liberal Democrat and Labour administration.
  • On 1 April 1997, Swindon was separated from Wiltshire to become a new unitary authority, giving the Liberal Democrats a brief period of overall control before that year's election.
  • 1 May 1997 (the same day as the general election of 1997): Conservatives 22, Liberal Democrats 20, Labour 4, Independent 1, resulting in a continuation of no overall control, with a new Liberal Democrat and Labour administration being formed.
  • On 2 April 1998 the Conservatives won a by-election in the Whorwellsdown division by 17 votes, and at the annual meeting in May 1998 a Conservative and Independent administration was formed.
  • On 13 January 2000, the Conservatives won another by-election, this time in Melksham Without, gaining an overall majority which they were able to hold until the following year's elections.
  • 7 June 2001 (a later date than usual to coincide with the general election of 2001): Conservatives 28, Liberal Democrats 14, Labour 3, Independents 2.
  • 5 May 2005 (again coinciding with a general election): Conservatives 28, Liberal Democrats 16, Labour 3, Independents 2. Wiltshire County Council came to an end on 1 April 2009, when a new Wiltshire Council unitary authority was formed.

Wiltshire Council[edit]

Council elections[edit]

County Council elections[edit]

Unitary authority elections[edit]

County result maps[edit]

By-election results[edit]

By-elections occur when seats become vacant between council elections. Below is a summary of recent by-elections;[5] full by-election results can be found by clicking on the by-election name.

Wiltshire County Council[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent party Winning party
Whorwellsdown by-election 2 April 1998 Liberal Democrat Conservative
Alderbury by-election 1 July 1999 Conservative Conservative
Melksham Without by-election 30 January 2000 Liberal Democrat Conservative
Bedwyn and Pewsey by-election 20 July 2000 Conservative Conservative
Salisbury St Paul by-election 14 November 2002 Labour Labour
Chippenham Sheldon by-election 26 February 2004 Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat
Warminster West by-election 2 November 2006 Independent Liberal Democrat
Trowbridge East by-election 7 February 2008 Liberal Democrat Conservative
Holt and Paxcroft by-election 7 February 2008 Liberal Democrat Independent

Wiltshire Council[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent party Winning party
Southwick by-election 3 September 2009 Conservative Independent
Bromham, Rowde and Potterne by-election 21 December 2010 Conservative Conservative
Ethandune by-election 6 March 2014 Conservative Conservative
Bromham, Rowde and Potterne by-election 7 May 2015 Conservative Conservative
Chippenham Hardenhuish by-election 7 May 2015 Liberal Democrat Conservative
Salisbury St Edmund and Milford by-election 26 November 2015 Liberal Democrat Conservative
Amesbury East by-election 5 May 2016 Conservative Liberal Democrat
Trowbridge Grove by-election 14 July 2016 Independent Liberal Democrat


  1. ^ Conservatives triumph in Greater London and metropolitan counties in The Times of London, issue 59997 dated 7 May 1977, p. 3
  2. ^ 'Declarations from the county councils' in The Times of London, issue 60923 dated Saturday, 9 May 1981, p. 4
  3. ^ Hugh Clayton (Local Government Correspondent), 'Local Elections' in The Times of London, issue 62129 dated 4 May 1985, p. 4
  4. ^ Hugh Clayton (Local Government Correspondent), 'Emerging figure in new Lib-Lab pact: an Alliance shire leader cast in Tory mould', in The Times of London, issue 62135 dated 11 May 1985, p. 2
  5. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results". Retrieved 8 May 2016.

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