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.

History[edit]

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]

By-election results[edit]

1997–2001[edit]

Whorwellsdown By-Election 2 April 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joan Barbara Prouse Savage 1,095 50.4 +12.0
Liberal Democrat Trevor William Carbin 1,078 49.6 +2.4
Majority 17 0.8
Turnout 2173 34.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Alderbury By-Election 1 July 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gerard Downes 1,223 60.6
Liberal Democrat Gillian Morgan 682 33.8
Labour Mark Wareham 114 5.6
Majority 541 26.8
Turnout 2,019 30.35
Conservative hold Swing
Melksham Without By-Election 13 January 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Arthur Spiers 810 48.6 +15.1
Liberal Democrat Angela Betty Barker 623 37.4 -1.2
Labour Marcus Aurelius 234 14.0 -11.4
Majority 187 11.2
Turnout 1,667 18.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Bedwyn and Pewsey By-Election 20 July 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Lay 1,470 61.8 +22.1
Liberal Democrat Graham Francis 771 32.4 -13.1
Labour Terrence O'Sullivan 139 5.8 -8.9
Majority 699 29.4
Turnout 2,380 29.4
Conservative hold Swing

2001–2005[edit]

Salisbury St Paul By-Election 14 November 2002[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clive Robert Vincent 534 36.8 -14.8
Conservative Terence John Lindley 288 19.8 -6.2
Liberal Democrat Ben Gerald Rawlence 272 18.7 -0.1
Independent Stephen Michael Dauwalder 252 17.4 +17.4
UKIP Derek William Sales 56 3.8 +3.8
Green Susan Isabel Wright 50 3.4 -0.3
Majority 246 17.0
Turnout 1,482 24.3
Labour hold Swing
Chippenham Sheldon By-Election 26 February 2004[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Jonathan Fox 1,052 57.0 +17.5
Conservative Adrian Robin Nicholas Fry 488 26.4 -2.7
Labour Maureen Frances Lloyd 307 16.6 -14.8
Majority 564 30.6
Turnout 1,847 29.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

2005–2009[edit]

Warminster West By-Election 2 November 2006[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Batchelor 548 40.2 +11.1
Conservative Christopher March 543 39.8 +4.4
Independent Michael John Turner 273 20.0 -15.5
Majority 5 0.4
Turnout 1,364 21.3
Liberal Democrat gain from Independent Swing


Trowbridge East By-Election 7 February 2008[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Fuller 1,363 49.2 +17.4
Liberal Democrat Tom James 1,176 42.5 -7.5
Green David McQueen 229 8.3 +8.3
Majority 187 6.7
Turnout 2,768 19.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing


Holt and Paxcroft By-Election 7 February 2008[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ernie Clark 1,075 41.0 +6.7
Liberal Democrat Trevor Carbin 994 37.9 -0.1
Conservative Andy Milton 458 17.4 -10.2
Labour Louise Smith 53 2.0 +2.0
Green Hilary Millichamp 45 1.7 +1.7
Majority 81 3.1
Turnout 2,625 37.0
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

2009–2013[edit]

Southwick By-Election 3 September 2009[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Francis Morland 385 37.1 + 37.1
Liberal Democrat Gordon Ian King 315 30.3 -8.4
Conservative David Edward Halik 273 26.3 -33.6
UKIP Benjamin Anthony Parker 61 5.9 + 5.9
Majority 70
Turnout 1,034 30.66
Independent gain from Conservative Swing +35.3
Bromham, Rowde and Potterne By-Election 21 December 2010[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Liz Bryant 561 53.5 +10.3
Liberal Democrat Paul Mortimer 358 34.2 +15.9
Labour Andrew Derek Peter Jones 74 7.06 +2.3
Independent Pat Bryant 55 5.3 N/A
Majority 203
Turnout 1052 27.1 -17.7
Conservative hold Swing -2.8

2013–2015[edit]

Ethandune By-Election 6 March 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Paul Wickham 480 35.6
Liberal Democrat Carolyn Rose King 372 27.6
UKIP Roderick Paul Eaton 236 17.5
Independent Francis Morland 192 14.2
Labour Shaun Samuel James Henley 69 5.1
Majority 203
Turnout 1,349 37.3
Conservative hold Swing


Bromham, Rowde, and Potterne By-Election 7 May 2015[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anna Louise Cuthbert 1,641 56.7 + 1.2
UKIP Paul Robert Carter 519 17.9 - 26.6
Liberal Democrat Alan Charles Rankin 401 13.8 + 13.8
Labour David Wearn 334 11.5 + 11.5
Majority 1,122
Turnout 2,916 74.5
Conservative hold Swing



Chippenham Hardenhuish By-Election 7 May 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Melody Rhonda Thompson 1,154 47.4
Liberal Democrat Michael Kenneth Brough 864 35.5
Green Tina Maria Johnston 416 17.1
Majority 290
Turnout 2,456 74.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Salisbury St Paul By Election result". Wiltshire Council. 2002-11-15. Retrieved 2009-09-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Chippenham Sheldon by-election result". Wiltshire Council. 2004-02-27. Retrieved 2009-09-02. [dead link]
  7. ^ "New councillors for Warminster ward". Wiltshire Times. 2006-11-10. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  8. ^ a b "Local Authority Byelection Results - February 2008". www.gwydir.demon.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  9. ^ "Id: 88010 - Friday 4th September 2009 - Press Release by election results". Wiltshire Council. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  10. ^ http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections-declation-of-result-bromham-rowde-potterne.pdf
  11. ^ Ethandune result at wiltshire.gov.uk/elections, accessed 19 July 2014
  12. ^ by-election result at wiltshire.gov.uk, accessed 10 May 2015

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