Swindon Borough Council elections

Swindon is a unitary authority in Wiltshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 its area was a non-metropolitan district called Thamesdown Borough Council, with Wiltshire County Council providing the county-level services. In 1998 all such powers were transferred to the new Borough of Swindon.

Political control

After the first election to the new Thamesdown borough council in 1973 political control of the council was held by the following parties:[1][2]

Thamesdown (district council)

Party in control Years
Labour 1973-1976
No overall control 1976-1978
Labour 1978-1998

Swindon Borough Council (unitary authority)

Party in control Years
Labour 1996-2000
No overall control 2000-2004
Conservative 2004–present

Council elections

District council

  • 1973 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1976 Thamesdown Borough Council election (New ward boundaries)[3]
  • 1978 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1979 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1980 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1982 Thamesdown Borough Council election (Some new ward boundaries & borough boundary changes also took place)[4][5]
  • 1983 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1984 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1986 Thamesdown Borough Council election (New ward boundaries)[6]
  • 1987 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1988 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1990 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1991 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1992 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1994 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1995 Thamesdown Borough Council election
  • 1996 Thamesdown Borough Council election

Unitary authority

Results maps

Swindon UK local election 2002 map

2002 results map

Swindon UK local election 2003 map

2003 results map

Swindon UK local election 2004 map

2004 results map

Swindon 2006 election map

2006 results map

Swindon 2007 election map

2007 results map

Swindon UK local election 2008 map

2008 results map

Swindon UK local election 2010 map

2010 results map

Swindon UK local election 2011 map

2011 results map

By-election results

1997–2001

Central By-Election 15 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 548 46.3
Liberal Democrat 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 Democrat 72 6.6 -6.8
Majority 418 38.6
Turnout 1,084 15.2
Labour hold Swing

2001–2005

St Margaret By-Election 30 January 2003[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Raymond Fisher 814 52.5 +5.3
Labour 409 26.4 -13.2
Liberal Democrat 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 Democrat 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 Democrat 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[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Mallinson 706 38.4 -3.4
Conservative 586 31.9 -1.8
Liberal Democrat 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

Moredon By-Election 4 November 2010[15]
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 Democrat 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[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Steve Weisinger 1,453
Labour Phil Beaumont 1,075
UKIP John Lenton 195
Green Andrew Donald Day 111
Liberal Democrat Cath Smith 23
Majority 378
Turnout 32.6
Conservative hold Swing

References

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

External links

1998 Swindon Borough Council election

The 1998 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 40

Liberal Democrat 9

Conservative 5

1999 Swindon Borough Council election

The 1999 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 39

Liberal Democrat 10

Conservative 5

2000 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2000 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2000 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 1999 increasing the number of seats by 5. The Labour party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.

2002 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2002 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 29

Conservative 22

Liberal Democrat 8

2003 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2003 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 29

Labour 22

Liberal Democrat 8

2004 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2004 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 33

Labour 19

Liberal Democrat 7

2006 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2006 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 40

Labour 14

Liberal Democrat 3

Independent 2

2007 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2007 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2007 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 43

Labour 13

Liberal Democrat 3

2008 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2008 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2008 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 43

Labour 12

Liberal Democrat 3

Independent 1

2010 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2010 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 41

Labour 13

Liberal Democrat 4

Independent 1

2011 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2011 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 38

Labour 17

Liberal Democrat 4

2012 Swindon Borough Council election

Elections to Swindon Borough Council were held on 3 May 2012, with every ward up for election after the implementation of boundary changes. The Conservatives were the largest party on the council going into the elections, and were looking to hold on to power, while Labour were aiming to oust the Conservatives and take control of the council. The election resulted in the Conservatives maintaining control of the council with a majority of one seat, while Labour made gains but not enough to win control.

Following this election, the Borough Council will be elected a third at a time. The candidates who finished third in their three-seat ward in 2012 will serve a two-year term before facing re-election in 2014. Those who finished second will face re-election in 2015, and those who finished first will serve until 2016. In the two-seat Chiseldon & Lawn Ward, the candidate who finished second will face re-election in 2014, and the first place candidate the following year, while the single councillor for Ridgeway Ward will sit until 2016.

2014 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2014 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. The Conservatives gained 1 seat to retain control of the council.

2015 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2015 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015, to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. The Conservative Party increased their majority after gaining two seats.

Of the 19 seats up for election, four seats changed hands to leave the Conservatives (32) with a majority of seven seats over Labour (23) and the Lib Dems (2).

2016 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2016 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

The Conservatives held on to their majority on the council but it was lowered to three after losing councillors to Labour in Lydiard & Freshbrook and Liden, Eldene & Park South.

2018 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2018 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2018, to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

The Conservatives held on to their majority on the council but it was lowered to one after losing a councillor to the Liberal Democrats in Wroughton & Wichelstowe. The Liberal Democrats lost a councillor to Labour in Eastcott, so the election's net gain of one was to Labour from the Conservatives. Labour had had high hopes of winning control of the council, and the Party's leader Jeremy Corbyn had visited Swindon on five occasions during the local election campaign. The Party was reported to be 'deeply disappointed' with the result.

The Conservative Council leader David Renard described himself as "absolutely delighted" that his Party "fended off a significant challenge from the Labour Party". The BBC's West of England politics editor Paul Barltrop felt Labour's failure to take the council would be more than disappointing to party members, noting that Swindon tends to give an idea of what will happen at the next general election.Swindon was one of the boroughs subject to a trial of voter ID restrictions requiring the production of polling cards.

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