Wiltshire Council elections

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Wiltshire Council elections date from 2009, when the Wiltshire Council unitary authority was created.

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 Wiltshire Council, a unitary authority covering the same area, with elections continuing to be held every four years. A shadow authority was in place from 2008 and the first elections were held on 4 June 2009, when they coincided with an election to the European Parliament. Previously, Wiltshire County Council had been elected between 1889 and 2005, initially every three years, later every four years.

The unitary authority area has 98 electoral divisions, each electing one councillor. In 2018, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England began the first review of the divisions,[1][2] on the grounds that in two of them the number of electors deviated from the average by more than 30%.[3] Following consultations, their proposal, enacted by Parliament in March 2020 as the Wiltshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2020 and coming into effect at the 2021 elections, kept the total at 98 but redrew boundaries and renamed divisions in several areas.[4]

Political control[edit]

Since the first election to the council in 2009, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[5]

Party in control Years
Conservative 2009–present

Election results[edit]

Political group Councillors
2009 2013 2017 Current[6]
Conservative 62 58 68 65
Liberal Democrat 24 27 20 21
Independent 7 8 7 9
Labour 2 4 3 3
Devizes Guardians 3 0 0 0
UK Independence Party 0 1 0 0
Total 98 98 98 98


County result maps[edit]

By-election results[edit]

By-elections occur when seats become vacant between council elections. Below is a summary of all by-elections;[7] full by-election results can be found by clicking on the by-election name.

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 Democrats Conservative
Salisbury St Edmund and Milford by-election 26 November 2015 Liberal Democrats Conservative
Amesbury East by-election 5 May 2016 Conservative Liberal Democrats
Trowbridge Grove by-election 14 July 2016 Independent Liberal Democrats
Trowbridge Drynham by-election 4 July 2019 Conservative Liberal Democrats
Westbury North by-election 18 July 2019 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
Ethandune by-election 19 September 2019 Conservative Conservative
Melksham Without South by-election 24 October 2019 Conservative Conservative
Trowbridge Lambrok by-election 28 November 2019 Conservative Liberal Democrats
Till and Wylye Valley by-election 2 March 2020 Conservative Conservative


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Unitary Authority". Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Electoral Review". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Explanatory Memorandum to the Wiltshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2020" (PDF). legislation.gov.uk. January 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  4. ^ "The Wiltshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2020". legislation.gov.uk. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Your Councillors". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results". Retrieved 8 May 2016.

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