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Summary

  • The final state of the parties is:
  • Conservative 58 (59.18%)
  • Lib Dems 27 (27.55%)
  • Independent 7 (7.14%)
  • Labour 4 (4.08%)
  • UKIP 1 (1.02%)
  • Unknown 1 (1.02%)
  • Devizes Guardians 0
  • Green Party 0
  • The Conservatives have retained control of Wiltshire Council with more than two thirds of the results in.
  • UKIP performed worse than it expected with just one seat, in Melksham, so far
  • Devizes Guardians have lost their seats

11:41am

11:13am Sat 4 May 13

RichardR1 says

That's what people have been saying since their inception but in half the time the Lib-Dems took (bearing in mind their Liberal base) UKIP have changed the landscape.

They were second in the EU's last time after being dismissed after the 2005 GE. They were predicted to win in 2014 EU's before this latest stunning achievement.

I think they will be here to stay. I agree they will be subject of far more scrutiny by the other parties than ever before but the Tories attempts as smearing them seriously backfired this time, and would gain. There is nothing the public hate more is the bully boys picking on the little kid on the block.

It also has to be said that the Tories especially are still in denial.

I wonder what our two resident Tory MP's will be feeling today. Let's not forget that UKIP's two PPC's last time round scored a greater percentage of the vote than the UKIP national average. Even a 10% UKIP vote in 2015 GE could mean both losing their seats.

It is time that they woke up to that reality.

If and it's a big if the Tories offer an in/out referendum in this Parliament ( the only way they will get a majority in the next GE), there will be no further need for UKIP as Britain will vote to leave.

5:04pm

Melksham has elected Wiltshire’s first UKIP councillor, with the Conservatives losing two seats. David Pollitt was elected for UKIP in Melksham Central, beating Steve Petty for the Liberal Democrats by 42 votes. He said: “It feels fantastic. We are starting from almost a zero base, so we can only go one way, and I think we are going to surprise people.” Wiltshire Liberal Democrat leader Jon Hubbard held off the challenge from UKIP’s Rod Eaton, winning Melksham South with an absolute majority. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted, four years ago it was an absolutely astonishing result and to be brought back is a real genuine honour.” Mr Eaton’s seat in Melksham North was taken by Liberal Democrat Pat Aves, meaning the party will still have two Melksham seats. In Melksham Without South Conservative Roy While was re-elected, beating the UKIP candidate by 29 votes, while Melksham Without North was claimed by Independent Terry Chivers, who beat Conservative Mark Griffiths by 223 votes. He said: “I've had a four year break, but I’m delighted to be back and delighted with my majority.” In Summerham and Seend Conservative Jonathon Seed retained his seat, with over twice the number of votes of his UKIP competitor. He said: “We have lost some good friends and colleagues, but personally I’ve had a very good response, as people know me well.”

5:02pm

The Liberal Democrats continued their reign over Bradford on Avon, with Rosemary Brown being re-elected as the Wiltshire councillor for Bradford on Avon North and Ian Thorn was elected for Bradford on Avon South, following Malcolm Hewson, a fellow Liberal Democrat councillor, stepping down. Cllr Brown said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed. I give my thanks to the people of Bradford on Avon North that they have backed me once again. They know I work hard for them and I am extremely honoured to defend my post. Cllr Thorn said: “People in Bradford on Avon have concerns about traffic, pot holes and Post Offices. I am interested in the Neighbourhood Plan, what the town is doing for young people and I want local people to have a say over how money is spent.” Cllr Trevor Carbin, Liberal Democrat, remained representative of Holt and Staverton and said: “I am relieved as it was always going to be a difficult one because of the national situation; people are making protest votes.” Winsley and Westwood lost their Conservative seat, by 72 votes, to Liberal Democrats councillor Magnus MacDonald. He said: “I had a wonderful time campaigning. I am hoping to bring a sense of humour and tackle the issues of the state of the roads, speeding and the cost of bus fares. “It is the local people who set the agenda, I am here to represent them.”

4:59pm

Trowbridge saw two high-profile Wiltshire Councillors lose their seats in the elections. After three counts, Independent Francis Morland lost the Southwick ward by 19 votes to Conservative Horace Prickett. Mr Morland said: “Disappointed, is all I want to say on record.” While, Conservative Peter Fuller lost out by 25 votes to Independent Dennis Drewett in the Trowbridge Park ward. Mr Fuller said: “I’m extremely disappointed, this tends to happen when people are discontented with the government and the local elections should be a major kick in the backside for Prime Minister David Cameron.” Following their defection from the Liberal Democrats to standing as Independents Jeff Osborn and wife Helen recorded victories in Trowbridge Grove and Trowbridge Lambrok. She said: “I think standing as an Independent made voters much more comfortable voting for me if they had any problems with national politics.” In Hilperton, Independent Ernie Clark retained his seat as did Conservative Graham Payne in the Trowbridge Drynham ward and John Knight, of the Liberal Democrats, also retained Trowbridge Central. Liberal Democrats Nick Blakemore took Trowbridge Adcroft and Steve Oldrieve won Trowbridge Paxcroft.

4:49pm

There were no upsets in the unitary elections for the Warminster wards, despite concerns from some Conservative candidates about a possible challenge from UKIP, writes Andy Baber. Conservative Keith Humphries retained his seat on Wiltshire Council with 569 votes to UKIP candidate Matthew Brown’s 473 votes in a closely fought contest for Warminster Broadway. Cllr Humphries said he had worked hard during his time on the council and was delighted with the result, but acknowledged that the campaign had not been easy. He said: “We didn’t see the UKIP breakthrough that we were expecting, but I am a bit overcome as it has been a difficult campaign. It’s been really tough, but that’s politics for you.” The result was more comfortable for Conservative candidate Christopher Newbury, who also retained his Warminster Copheap and Wylye seat with 809 votes against 325 votes for UKIP’s Charlotte Mozley. Independent candidate Paul MacDonald ran Conservative Andrew Davis close for his Warminster East seat, losing out by just 75 votes, with UKIP’s Freda Anderson coming last with 352 votes. Mr MacDonald said: “I’m happy with how close it was and it was a community effort. It was always going to be difficult, but it’s a reflection of what people in Warminster think about the way the current councillors represent them.” Conservative Fleur De Rhe Philipe made it a clean sweep, defeating south west UKIP chairman Andrew Mozley and retaining her Warminster Without seat with 72.42 per cent of the vote.

2:57pm

Duncan Hames, Lib Dem MP for Chippenham, said: "I’m very pleased with these results. You should never take elections for granted so to come out of these elections with more councillors across Wiltshire than we went into the elections with is fantastic. These have been competitive elections but I’m delighted to not just have kept my councillors but also to have made a gain against the Conservatives."

2:56pm

Correction: Cricklade and Latton won by Bob Jones, Lib Dem, 912 votes, over Peter Colmer, Con, who polled 702 votes

2:48pm

Jane Scott, the Conservative leader of the last Wiltshire Council, who retained her By Brook seat, said: “We’ve gained six seats, two from the Independents, and we’ve lost some. It’s the first time the council has had a UKIP councillor. I believe it is a protest vote to national Government. Whether it will continue will depend on what the Government does over the referendum on Europe. The low turnout is the big issue. It’s gone from 43 per cent last time to 34 per cent. We need to work really hard to turn around this apathy towards politics. Local elections are very relevant to people’s lives.”

2:34pm

There seems to be some confusion about the Cricklade result. Someone has contacted us to say it was incorrect earlier.

For the avoidance of doubt it is:

Peter Colmer, (Cons) 702 

Bob Jones (Lib Dem) 917

Turnout: 41.57%

2:30pm

Liberal Democrats were celebrating after Glenis Ansell won the Calne North seat. It was previously held by the Conservative councillor Chuck Berry who stood in another ward.
Howard Marshall for the Liberal Democrats retained his seat of Calne Central and the three other Calne seats were all retained by the Conservatives. Christine Crisp for Calne Rural, Alan Hill for Calne South and Cherhill and Tony Trotman for Calne Chilvester and Abberd.

2:29pm

Stewart Dobson was delighted to have won back Marlborough East, defeating former Gazette journalist Nigel Kerton by just 29 votes.
Peggy Dow, the sitting councillor for the ward, came in a disappointing third. Mr Dobson said: “There were five candidates who were all very good and it was always going to be a close run thing.”
Coun Dobson, a sitting town councillor, put his win down to lots of hard work.
In Marlborough West, independent Nick Fogg retained his seat, beating the Conservatives into second place. Mr Fogg said: “It was a bit closer than I thought but there was a Labour candidate and she took a few of the votes, though it was quite comfortable in the end.”
In Pewsey Vale Conservatives retained the seat vacated by Brigadier Robert Hall. It was won by Paul Oatway.
In Pewsey pub landlord Jerry Kunkler retained his seat comfortably. He said: “The Conservatives have demonstrated in Wiltshire that by protecting frontline services, keeping council tax the same, not closing libraries or leisure centres and the success of area boards shows we are working closely with the public.”
Chris Humphries, who was deselected by the Conservatives, lost out in the Aldbourne and Ramsbury seat. Conservative candidate James Sheppard won with 952 votes to Mr Humphries’ 538.

2:29pm

Devizes Guardians are licking their wounds after all three sitting councillors lost their seats to the Conservatives in yesterday’s unitary authority elections.
The local pressure group were wiped out as far as Wiltshire Council was concerned. LeaderNigel Carter lost to Sue Evans in Devizes North, Sue Evans’s husband Peter defeated the Guardians’ Jane Burton in Devizes East while in Devizes and Roundway South Jeff Ody came second to estate agent Simon Jacobs.
A disappointed Nigel Carter said: “It looks like a bit of a whitewash but I like to think we made them work very hard for them to win their seats back.”
Coun Jeff Ody said: “It’s disappointing that we’ve done so weakly across the whole set of divisions particularly in light of the national tide against the Conservatives.
“I think the conservatives threw a huge amount of resources into the election, more than we could afford.”
Peter Evans said: “I think Devizes Guardians have had their day. We’ve done a lot of hard work and made ourselves really impressive to people.”
Laura Mayes, who retained her seat in Roundway, said: “I’m very glad we have all four Conservatives representing Devizes. It means we have a strong voice at County Hall for Devizes. We’ve worked extremely hard and it has paid off”

2:27pm

Warminster Broadway result:
Keith Humphries (Con) 569

Matthew Brown (UKIP) 473

Turnout: 30.46%

2:24pm

Simon Jacobs was clearly delighted with his victory in Devizes South

Swindon Advertiser:

2:23pm

Nina Phillips was all smiles after her victory in Chippenham

 

Swindon Advertiser:

2:23pm

Jerry Klunkler won again in Pewsey

Swindon Advertiser:

2:22pm

Peter Hutton and his wife Therese celebrate his win in Chippenham

Swindon Advertiser:

2:21pm

Sue and Peter Evans had plenty to smile about after winning their Devizes seats

Swindon Advertiser:

2:21pm

Stewart Dobson is congratulated by MP Claire Perry after his win in Marlborough

Swindon Advertiser:

2:20pm

Chippenham Mayor Andy Phillips did not make it onto Wiltshire Council

 

Swindon Advertiser:

2:11pm

Westbury West result:
Russell Hawker (Ind) 320

Carol Allen (UKIP) 162

Christine Mitchell (Lab) 127

Kate Fryer (Con) 110

Ian Taylor (Ind) 74

Christine Chilcott (Lib Dem) 47

Turnout: 22.04%

2:10pm

Warminster East results
Andrew Davis (Con) 526

Paul MacDonald (Ind) 451

Samantha Anderson (UKIP) 352

Turnout: 32.25%

2:10pm

The current state of play with one seat yet to be declared:

Con 58 councillors (59.18%)


Lib Dem 27 (27.55%)
Ind 7 (7.14%)
Lab 4 (4.08%)
UKIP 1 (1.02%)
Devizes Guardians 0
Green Party 0

Just a reminder of how they stood after the last election in 2009:

62 Con

24 Lib Dem
7 Ind
3 Dev Guardians
2 Lab

2:07pm

Reporter Craig Jones has just turned in these facts and figures:

The overall turnout across the county was 34.30 per cent.

Total votes cast in Wiltshire: 334,628.

Tital number of votes spoiled: 1,354

2:04pm

2:03pm

Winsley and Westwood result:

Magnus Macdonald (Lib Dem) 671

Martin Newman (Con) 599

Roger Rowe (Lab) 185

Turnout: 43.38%

2:02pm

Warminster Copheap and Wylye result:
Christopher Newbury (Con) 809

Charlotte Mozley (UKIP) 325

Turnout 31.43%

2:01pm

Liberal Democrat Nick Watts won the Hardenhuish division against four other challengers, including Independent Melody Thompson. He said: “Ten months ago I was a volunteer in the campaign office and now I’m a full blooded activist for the party. As far as Hardenhuish is concerned I’m concerned with the condition of the roads and potholes and if the issues of Bird Marsh come back I will say that’s not an appropriate place to build houses. I felt Melanie ran a good campaign and I commiserate with her. A lot of people helped me with my campaign and I will thank all of them because I’m touched how people wanted to help me.”

2:00pm

 

1:59pm

1:59pm

1:54pm

Only real shock of the day so far is Mayor Andy Phillips not elected in Chippenham Lowden and Rowden ward in the unitary council elections. That's a real surprise.

1:50pm

Magnus MacDonald has been elected for Winsley & Westwood - Lib Dem

1:50pm

Russell Hawker has been elected for Westbury West - Ind

1:48pm

Veteran Tory Christopher Newbury won again in Warminster Copheap and Wylye. The turnout was 31.43%

1:48pm

Warminster Without was won by  Fleur De Rhe Philipe (Con) 843
Turnout was 35.89%

1:47pm

Trevor Carbin, winner in Holt and Staverton. "I am pleased and relieved. It was always going to be a difficult one though because of the national situation; people are making protest votes.

"Thank you to the electorate who turned out to vote and I look forward to representing them for another four years."

1:47pm

Trowbridge Park result:

Dennis Drewett Ind 369
Andrew Eberlin Lib Dem 143
Peter Fuller Con 344

Turnout 25.25%

1:46pm

Keith Humphreys won Warminster Broadway, a win for the Conservatives. Turnout was 30.46%

1:46pm

Simon Killane, who held his Malmesbury seat despite a challenge from former mayor Ray Sanderson (Con) and two other candidates, said: "This is a re-run for me. In Malmesbury it’s all about the local issues, we have used new media and Facebook to engage people in the town with what’s going on. It’s hard being a working councillor trying to juggle a job, three children and a wife but I enjoy it. I think it’s fantastic and I want to continue with it." Defeated candidate Ray Sanderson said: "I knew it would be a struggle but he’s done a good four years as councillor and I knew I was the underdog. I am surprised with the majority, I thought we would get more votes, but never mind it’s just one of those things."

1:46pm

David Jenkins (Lib Dem) has won Westbury North. Turnout was 27.34%

1:45pm

Some candidates quotes via reporter Adam Care, who is manfully overcoming phone signal issues.

 

David Pollitt, UKIP, winner in Melskham Central: "It has almost been a case of none of the above, it's been a bit of a protest, because most of the people I have spoken to think there isn't a choice between the main parties.
"We are starting from almost a zero base, so we can only go one way, so I think we are going to surprise people



Rod Eaton, UKIP, who lost out to Jon Hubbard.

"Obviously I'm a little bit disappointed, but I did come up against the leader of the Lib Dems, and I have to congratulate him as he is a good councillor.
"He had a lead of 600 last time against the Conservatives, and I have taken that by half.


Terry Chivers, independent, wo win in 
"I am delighted, I've had a four year break, but delighted to be back and delighted with the ,majority I am a bit disappointed none of my opponents came along to the count.
"People on the doorsteps were unhappy about the services they are getting from Wiltshire Council.
"So many cutbacks, and people contact the council and don't hear back from them.
"People seem to be very anti-unitary councils, harking back to the old West Wilts days. Highways have been a big issue, Wiltshire's roads are worse than some of the third world roads."

1:41pm

Ian Thorne, winner in Bradford on Avon South: "I am very happy and relieved. When you are knocking on doors in the ice and snow you want it to be warm and vica versa, it is never quite right. I am very grateful for people of Bradford on Avon South for putting their trust in me."

1:38pm

UKIP'sd David Pollitt is so far UKIP's only winner, in Melskham Central

Swindon Advertiser:

1:38pm

Toby Sturgis, a Wiltshire Council Cabinet member, retained his Brinkworth seat against three rival candidates. He said: "I’m glad to be back to continue doing the unfinished work I have started in implementing the new planning system. Everything was so unknown this time with a four way split. You never know the way things are going to be but I maintained my percentage of the vote.

1:37pm

Jonathan Seed is congratulated by UKIP's Wendy Taylor in Summerham and Seend

Swindon Advertiser:

1:37pm

Patricia Aves won Melsham North

Swindon Advertiser:

1:36pm

Horace Prickett won in Southwick for the Tories

Swindon Advertiser:

1:35pm

Ernie Clark celebrates his win in Hilperton

Swindon Advertiser:

1:33pm

James Gray, the Conservative MP for North Wiltshire, said the election had largely left the balance of the council unchanged. "In terms of individual candidates there have been just one or two gains and one or two losses. Overall it’s pretty much unchanged. I think we have seen a sharp decline in the liberal vote and I think we have seen a rise in the labour and UKIP votes. I hope that people think Wiltshire Council is doing a good job. We have kept the council tax down and delivered good services so I think it’s a mark of respect for the job we are doing."

1:29pm

All results for unitary seats counted at Devizes Leisure Centre and Chippenham's Olympiad are now through. Town and parish council results to follow.

1:29pm

Trowbridge Central result:

David Halik Con 167
Shaun Henley Lab 140
John Knight Lib Den 382
Audrey Wilson UKIP 247

Turnout 25.63%

 

Trowbridge Central winner John Knight said: "It's a very, very good feeling and I'm pleaded to have retained the confidence of the people again."

1:28pm

Trowbridge Grove winner Jeff Osborn said: "I would just like to thank my wife Helen and my daughter for there support as well as all the people of Grove for their continued backing."

1:28pm

Trowbridge Paxcroft result:

Derek Coop Con 294

Stephen Oldrieve Lib Dem 560

Turnout 29.27

 

Trowbridge Grove result:

Jeff Osborn Ind 842
Geoffrey Whiffen Con 142

Turnout 29.58%

1:27pm

Royal Wootton Bassett North Won by Mary Champion (Con) 484

1:27pm

Kington Won by Howard Greenman (Con) 953

1:27pm

Rosemary Brown, winner in Bradford on Avon North, said: "I am absolutey overwhelmed and give my thanks and gratitude to the people of Bradford on Avon North that they backed me once again. They know I work hard for them and I am privileged and honoured that I have defended my post."

1:27pm

Chippenham Hardenhuish Won by Nick Watts (Lib Dem) 378

1:26pm

Corsham Pickwick Won by Alan Macrae (Con) 424

1:25pm

Corsham Without and Box Hill Won by Dick Tonge (Con) 825

1:25pm

Chippenham Pewsham Won by Mark Packard (Lib Dem) 515

1:25pm

Just noticed that veteran Chris Humphries, who switched from Tory to Independent, lost to James Sheppard in Ramsbury.

1:25pm

Chippenham Queens and Sheldon Won by Desna Allen (Lib Dem) 438

1:24pm

Chippenham Hardens and England Won by Bill Douglas (Lib Dem) 368

1:24pm

Chippenham Lowden and Rowden Won by Linda Mary Packard (Lib Dem) 349

1:24pm

Sherston won by John Thomson (Con) 1037 (the deputy leader of the council)

1:24pm

Nicholas Watts has been elected for Chippenham Hardenhuish

1:23pm

Chippenham Cepen Park and Derriads Won by Peter Hutton (Con) 524

1:23pm

Royal Wootton Bassett East Won by Mollie Groom (Con) 887

1:22pm

Devizes councillor Laura Mayes, Roundway, said: “I am pleased to have retained my seat and am glad we have four Conservatives representing Devizes.”

1:22pm

In Marlborough East, where there was a five-way battle, victorious Stewart Dobson, a town councillor and former Kennet district councillor, said: “I am looking forward to representing Marlborough East and will be a strong voice in Trowbridge.”

1:22pm

Nick Fogg, an Independent candidate, held Marlborough West over Conservative Noel Barrett-Morton and Labour contender Pauline Lively, said: “It was a bit closer than I thought it would be but the Labour candidate took a few of the votes.”

1:20pm

Roy While has been elected for Melksham Without South - Cons

Stephen Oldrieve has been elected for Trowbridge Paxcroft - Lib Dem

1:20pm

In all the divisions counted at Devizes, which include Marlborough and Calne, there was a turnout of 33.98 per cent.

1:19pm

Nicholas Blakemore has been elected for Trowbidge Adcroft - Lib Dem

1:19pm

Helena McKeown has been elected for Salisbury St.Edmund & Milford. Liberal Democrats

1:19pm

John Knight has been elected for Trowbridge Central - Lib Dem

1:19pm

Urchfont and The Cannings Pat Bryant (UKIP) 445; Colin Hopgood (Lab) 224; Philip Whitehead (Con) 660

1:18pm

Jeff Osborn has been elected for Trowbridge Grove - Independent win

1:18pm

Conservative Jerry Kunkler held Pewsey in a two-cornered fight with retired teacher Yvonne Bradbury, standing for Labour. Mr Kunkler has served as a district or county councillor for 18 years.

1:18pm

Gordon King has won Westbury East
for the Lib Dems. Turnout was 31.81%

1:17pm

Ian Robert Tomes has been elected for Salisbury St.Martins & Cathedral. Labour

1:17pm

After recovering briefly, the Wiltshire Council web site has collapsed and died again.

1:16pm

Conservative Simon Jacobs, an estate agent, ousted Devizes Guardian Jeff Ody in Devizes and Roundway South. Mr Jacobs said: "We put in an awful lot of work. I was a new candidate and went around the entire ward."

1:14pm

Conservative Peter Evans, who ousted Devizes Guardian Jane Burton from Devizes East, said: "We've done a lot of hard work and we are looking forward to putting Devizes on the map. I think the Devizes Guardians have had their day."

1:11pm

Sue Evans, Conservative, who took Devizes North with 453 votes from sitting Devizes Guardian Nigel Carter, who polled 395 votes, said: "I am just overwhelmed and thank Devizes people for their support."

1:08pm

To clarify:

Chippenham Pewsham

Hutton, Teresa The Conservative Party Candidate 265 (24.63%)
Jones, Simon Andrew The Labour Party Candidate 78 (7.25%)
Meredith, Andrew David UK Independence Party 218 (20.26%)
Packard, Mark Anthony Clive (Elected) Liberal Democrats 515 Turnout: 47.86%

1:06pm

That's it, the Conservatives have officially retained control of Wiltshire

1:06pm

Philip Whitehead has been elected for Urchfont and The Cannnings. Cons hold.

Patricia Aves has been elected for Melksham North - Lib Dem

Graham Wright has been elected for Durrington & Larkhill. Liberal Democrats

1:06pm

Chippenham Monkton Won by Chris Caswill (Lib Dem) 991 Malmesbury Won by Simon Killane (Lib Dem) 785

Former mayor Ray Sanderson (Con) got 460 votes

Royal Wootton Bassett South Won by Christopher John Hurst (Lib Dem) 647

Chippenham Cepen Park and Redlands Won by Nina Margaret Phillips (Con) 514

Corsham Town Won by Philip Whalley (Con) 336

Minety Won by Chuck Berry (Con) 857 Lyneham Won by Allison Mary Bucknell (Con) 617

Box and Colerne Won by Sheila Parker (Con) 658

Brinkworth Won by Toby Russell Sturgis (Con) 834

Purton Won by Jacqui Lay (Con) 705

By Brook Won by Jane Scott (Con) 820

1:05pm

Trowbridge Drynham result:

Clive Blackmore (Lib Dem) 195
Graham Payne 504

Turnout 23.51%

Graham Payne is elected

1:02pm

Hilperton result: 

 

Ernie Clark(Ind) 1,329

Nicholas Harding (Lab) 74

 

Christopher McKell (Con) 118

Turnout 40.78%

Ernie Clark is re-elected despite the picture of him that he hated in the Wiltshire Times.

1:02pm

Hilperton result: 

 

Ernie Clark(Ind) 1,329

Nicholas Harding (Lab) 74

 

Christopher McKell (Con) 118

Turnout 40.78%

Ernie Clark is re-elected despite the picture of him that he hated in the Wiltshire Times.

1:00pm

Sheila Parker has been elected for Box and Colerne
Cons

12:59pm

Richard Gamble has been elected for The Lavingtons and Erlestoke. Cons hold.

12:59pm

Glenis Ansell, a Liberal Democrat and town councillor, who has won Calne North from the Conservatives, put her victory down to her hard work in the ward. She said: "If you work hard people will come out and vote for you."

12:59pm

John Hubbard has hung on to Melksham South, 37.05% turnout there.

12:57pm

Results hurtling through now!

Jemima Mary Milton has been elected for West Selkley. Cons hold.

John Frederick Smale has been elected for Bulford Allington & Figheldean. Conservative

Toby Sturgiss has been elected for Brinkworth
Cons

12:56pm

Jacqueline Lay has been elected for Purton
Cons hold

12:53pm

Richard Clewer has been elected for Salisbury St.Pauls. Conservative

12:53pm

William Moss has been elected for Salisbury St.Marks & Bishopdown. Conservative

12:53pm

Alison Bucknell elected in Lynheham. Conservative hold.

12:52pm

Alan Macrae is elected for Corsham Pickwick. Cons

12:50pm

Conservative Laura Mayes has held Roundway, beating off Devizes Guardian Andy Geddes and Labour contender Jim Thorpe

12:49pm

12:49pm

Roger Berry has been elected for MInety
Cons

12:49pm

Laura Mayes has been elected for Roundway. Cons hold.

12:48pm

Results coming in thick and fast, reporters dashing to and fro...

12:48pm

Calne South and Cherhill Robert Freegard (UKIP) 334; Alan Hill (Con) 619; Susan Tabor (LD) 375

12:48pm

Calne Rural Richard Broadhead (Ind) 344; Christine Crisp (Con) 670; Ross Henning (LD) 127; Alastair Muir (UKIP) 277

12:47pm

Brian Edward Dalton has been elected for Salisbury Harnham. Liberal Democrats

Nina Phillips has been elected for Chippenham Cepen Park and Redlands

Howard Greenman has been elected for Kington. Conservative

Peter Hutton has been elected for Chippenham Cepen Park & Derriads. Cons

Brian Edward Dalton has been elected for Salisbury Harnham. Liberal Democrats

 

12:47pm

Calne North Glenis Ansell (LD) 319; David Conway (Con) 274; Nigel Gilbert (UKIP) 205

12:46pm

Calne Chilvester & Abberd Robert McNaughton (LD) 229; Julia Reid (UKIP) 269; Anthony Trotman (Con) 432

12:46pm

Calne Central Charles Boase (Con) 391; Doran Davies (UKIP) 274; Howard Marshall (LD) 410

12:46pm

Ian Clive West has been elected for Till & Wylye Valley. Liberal Democrats

Simon Killane has been elected for Malmesbury. LibDem

Phillip Whalley has been elected for Corsham Town
Cons

Desna Allen has been elected for Chippenham Queens and Sheldon. LibDem

Christopher Caswill has been elected for Chippenham Monkton

Anthony Deane has been elected for Tisbury. Conservative

Alan Hill has been elected for Calne South and Cherhill. Cons hold.

Mark Packard has been elected for Chippenham Pewsham. LibDem

Christopher Hurst has been elected for Royal Wootton Bassett South

Linda Packard has been elected for chippenham Lowden & Rowden. LibDem

Robert Jones has been elected for Cricklade and Latton

12:43pm

Bradford on Avon south result:

Thomas Hall (Con) 376

Ian Thorn (Lib Dem) 815

Leonard Sydney Drew (UKIP) 258

Rosemary McGregor (Lab) 231

Turnout 43.94%

Ian Thorn wins for Lib Dem.

12:42pm

Holt and Staverton result:

Trevor William Carbin (Lib Dem) 529

Rebekah Caroline Harrison (Lab) 82

Geoffrey Briggs Cannell (UKIP) 204

Robert Charles Floyd (Con) 350

Turnout 33.61%

 

Trevor Carbin wins for Lib Dem

12:41pm

Veteran councillor and former Conservative Chris Humphries, standing for Aldbourne and Ramsbury as an Independent for the first time, has lost the seat to Conservative James Sheppard

12:39pm

Labout leader Ricky Rogers has been elected for Salisbury Bemerton. 

12:38pm

Robert Jones has been elected for Cricklade and Latton
LibDem

12:38pm

Melksham Without South result

Carter, Paul Robert UK Independence Party 449 (38.44%)
McLaughlin, Sian Marie The Labour Party Candidate 99 (8.48%)
Welch, Terri Liberal Democrats 142 (12.16%)
While, Roy Sidney (Elected) The Conservative Party Candidate 478 (40.92%)

Turnout 29.61 %

12:37pm

Stewart Dobson has won Marlborough East for the Conservatives, with Independent candidate Nigel Kerton, a retired Gazette and Herald journalist, coming a close second

12:36pm

Michael Hewitt has been elected for Bourne & Woodford Valley. Conservative

12:35pm

Bill Douglas has been re-elected for Chippenham Pewsham.

12:35pm

Jonathan Seed has held on to Summerham and Seend. The turnout 43.06

12:34pm

Simon David Jacobs. has been elected for Devizes and Roundway South. Conservative win.

12:34pm

Fred Westmoreland has been elected for Amesbury West. Conservative win

12:33pm

Bradford on Avon North result:

Benjamin Parker (UKIP) 212

Gladys Macrae (Con) 316

David McQueen (Green) 135

Steve Reckless (Lab) 171

Rosemary Brown (Lib Dem) 730

Turnout 43.94 per cent

12:32pm

The three unitary seats in Devizes town held by the Devizes Guardians have been won back by the Conservatives. Jane Burton has lost Devizes East to Peter Evans, Nigel Carter has lost Devizes North to Sue Evans, wife of Peter, while Jeff Ody has lost Devizes and Roundway South to Simon Jacobs

12:31pm

Southwick result:

 

Christopher Beaver Lib Dem 47

John Hungerford Lab 137

 

Francis Morlsnd Ind 481

John Prickett Con 500

 

Turnout 33.59 per cent

John Prickett is elected.

12:28pm

Council leader Jane Scott has been re-elected for By Brook. Cons hold 

12:26pm

This is what we are getting from Wiltshire Council's web siteSwindon Advertiser:

12:22pm

Anyone trying to follow the results on Wiltshire Council's web site may have found that it has ground to a halt. It has on our browser anyway.

12:21pm

Stuart Wheeler has been elected for Burbage and the Bedwyns. Cons hold.

12:20pm

James Henry Sheppard has been elected for Aldbourne and Ramsbury. Cons win.

12:18pm

Bridget  Anne Wayman has been elected for Nadder & East Knoyle. Conservative

12:16pm

Sue Evans has been elected for Devizes North. Cons win.

12:16pm

Jerry Kunkler has been elected for Pewsey. Cons hold.

12:14pm

Stewart  Dobson has been elected for Marlborough East. Cons win.

12:14pm

UKIP has its first win of the day. David Pollitt has been elected for Melksham Central 

12:13pm

Peter Evans has been elected for Devizes East. Cons win.

Julian Johnson has been elected for Downton & Ebble Valley

Peter Evans has been elected for Devizes East. Cons win.

Leo Randall has been elected for Redlynch & Landford. Conservative

12:11pm

Richard Britton has been elected for Alderbury & Whiteparish, Conservative hold

Britton, Richard (Elected) The Conservative Party Candidate 699 (56.60%)
Riches, Mark Labour Party Candidate 140 (11.34%)
Wykeham, Judith UKIP 396 (32.06%)

12:05pm

Amesbury East result:

Jones, Sharon Labour Party Candidate 130 (13.03%)
Noeken, John (Elected) The Conservative Party Candidate 446 (44.69%)
Pitt, Jim UK Independence Party (UKIP) 422 (42.28%)

12:02pm

John Noeken has been elected for Amesbury East. Conservative hold

11:53am

The turnout in West Wiltshire is 32.9 per cent

11:38am

There are 450 staff working at the four counts today and there were 850 staff working at polling stations across the county yesterday, quite an organisational feat.

11:37am

The make-up of the council after the 2009 election was thus:

62 Con
24 Lib Dem
7 Ind
3 Dev Guardians
2 Lab

11:35am

The count at Devizes via @BBCWiltshire

Swindon Advertiser:

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6:31pm Fri 3 May 13

Mike Hawkins says...

Happy that the Conservatives have retained control. However, considering the £millions they are spending on IT, what a pity this was not capable of providing the "election results" service they promised. Perhaps reviewing/scrapping IT dept is an area for further financial savings?
Happy that the Conservatives have retained control. However, considering the £millions they are spending on IT, what a pity this was not capable of providing the "election results" service they promised. Perhaps reviewing/scrapping IT dept is an area for further financial savings? Mike Hawkins
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10:36pm Fri 3 May 13

work.judy says...

I note there is no mention of the Parish or town elections here, and while Devizes Guardians have lost their county seats, all nine of their candidates won in Devizes Town Council election, thus giving them an overall majority and control of the Council.
I note there is no mention of the Parish or town elections here, and while Devizes Guardians have lost their county seats, all nine of their candidates won in Devizes Town Council election, thus giving them an overall majority and control of the Council. work.judy
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9:46am Sat 4 May 13

RichardR1 says...

Clearly not a good result for UKIP in Wiltshire, and it has to be said in most other West Country Counties compared with other counties.

However to have County Councillors is a step forward, and bodes well for the local and European elections next year.

Watching the results unfold yesterday I am minded to say the LibLabCon parties still don't get it.

With 1.25 million people voting for UKIP, gaining 139 County seats as well as retaining 8 others clearly shows next years EU elections will be a walk in the park for them.
Clearly not a good result for UKIP in Wiltshire, and it has to be said in most other West Country Counties compared with other counties. However to have County Councillors is a step forward, and bodes well for the local and European elections next year. Watching the results unfold yesterday I am minded to say the LibLabCon parties still don't get it. With 1.25 million people voting for UKIP, gaining 139 County seats as well as retaining 8 others clearly shows next years EU elections will be a walk in the park for them. RichardR1
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10:52am Sat 4 May 13

express_a_view says...

RichardR1 not so sure the Europeans will necessarily be a walk in the park - even though they will focus on UKIPs preferred area. As the saying goes "a week is a long time in politics" and things can change quickly. UKIP I think will be subject to more scrutiny and its policies examined in greater detail. Much will depend on the coherence of their programme. I think it is still too early to say whether UKIP will be a long term player or a short term protest vote. It is though intriguing politically.
RichardR1 not so sure the Europeans will necessarily be a walk in the park - even though they will focus on UKIPs preferred area. As the saying goes "a week is a long time in politics" and things can change quickly. UKIP I think will be subject to more scrutiny and its policies examined in greater detail. Much will depend on the coherence of their programme. I think it is still too early to say whether UKIP will be a long term player or a short term protest vote. It is though intriguing politically. express_a_view
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11:13am Sat 4 May 13

RichardR1 says...

That's what people have been saying since their inception but in half the time the Lib-Dems took (bearing in mind their Liberal base) UKIP have changed the landscape.

They were second in the EU's last time after being dismissed after the 2005 GE. They were predicted to win in 2014 EU's before this latest stunning achievement.

I think they will be here to stay. I agree they will be subject of far more scrutiny by the other parties than ever before but the Tories attempts as smearing them seriously backfired this time, and would gain. There is nothing the public hate more is the bully boys picking on the little kid on the block.

It also has to be said that the Tories especially are still in denial.

I wonder what our two resident Tory MP's will be feeling today. Let's not forget that UKIP's two PPC's last time round scored a greater percentage of the vote than the UKIP national average. Even a 10% UKIP vote in 2015 GE could mean both losing their seats.

It is time that they woke up to that reality.

If and it's a big if the Tories offer an in/out referendum in this Parliament ( the only way they will get a majority in the next GE), there will be no further need for UKIP as Britain will vote to leave.
That's what people have been saying since their inception but in half the time the Lib-Dems took (bearing in mind their Liberal base) UKIP have changed the landscape. They were second in the EU's last time after being dismissed after the 2005 GE. They were predicted to win in 2014 EU's before this latest stunning achievement. I think they will be here to stay. I agree they will be subject of far more scrutiny by the other parties than ever before but the Tories attempts as smearing them seriously backfired this time, and would gain. There is nothing the public hate more is the bully boys picking on the little kid on the block. It also has to be said that the Tories especially are still in denial. I wonder what our two resident Tory MP's will be feeling today. Let's not forget that UKIP's two PPC's last time round scored a greater percentage of the vote than the UKIP national average. Even a 10% UKIP vote in 2015 GE could mean both losing their seats. It is time that they woke up to that reality. If and it's a big if the Tories offer an in/out referendum in this Parliament ( the only way they will get a majority in the next GE), there will be no further need for UKIP as Britain will vote to leave. RichardR1
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12:37pm Sat 4 May 13

Pompey-Bound says...

RobFM looks like UKIP in this area are still suffering from the disastrous impact you had on them before you were ejected from the party! How do you feel?!
RobFM looks like UKIP in this area are still suffering from the disastrous impact you had on them before you were ejected from the party! How do you feel?! Pompey-Bound
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5:01pm Sat 4 May 13

house on the hill says...

The UKIP vote was a protest vote against the Tories and lib dems for those ho would never vote labour. I don't think anyone would really be stupid enough to vote for them at a general election, no policies beyond get out of Europe and stop immigration, no experience of governing, it would be the worst possible scenario. This is no surprise to anyone what happened.
The UKIP vote was a protest vote against the Tories and lib dems for those ho would never vote labour. I don't think anyone would really be stupid enough to vote for them at a general election, no policies beyond get out of Europe and stop immigration, no experience of governing, it would be the worst possible scenario. This is no surprise to anyone what happened. house on the hill
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1:58am Sun 5 May 13

beetawix says...

Mike Hawkins wrote:
Happy that the Conservatives have retained control. However, considering the £millions they are spending on IT, what a pity this was not capable of providing the "election results" service they promised. Perhaps reviewing/scrapping IT dept is an area for further financial savings?
I would have thought that IT spending had far wider considerations than a web election results service.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Hawkins[/bold] wrote: Happy that the Conservatives have retained control. However, considering the £millions they are spending on IT, what a pity this was not capable of providing the "election results" service they promised. Perhaps reviewing/scrapping IT dept is an area for further financial savings?[/p][/quote]I would have thought that IT spending had far wider considerations than a web election results service. beetawix
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11:33am Sun 5 May 13

RichardR1 says...

House if you had been watching the results unfold and the analysis of the results the BBC actual analysed the overall impact of UKIP against each of the main parties and whilst it's true to say they took most votes from the Tories. They also took double figure percentages from the other two parties.

As for your contention that the result was expected, far from it the main parties expected UKIP to take a handful of seats and even the best estimate was less than 50 by the pundits and media.

So ending up with a total 156 I think including unitary and town councillors was never envisaged by anyone.

I note Pompey's obsession continues, it is interesting that the failed politician publican seems to have such an impact on his life and that of the entire County of Wiltshire, he at least must be devil incarnate.

As for him not being a member I can tell you he has never been expelled and is very much still a member. I suggest you join the party just so you can have a look at the members forum. Ah but then you would have to identify yourself because the forum doesn't allow anonymous posters.
House if you had been watching the results unfold and the analysis of the results the BBC actual analysed the overall impact of UKIP against each of the main parties and whilst it's true to say they took most votes from the Tories. They also took double figure percentages from the other two parties. As for your contention that the result was expected, far from it the main parties expected UKIP to take a handful of seats and even the best estimate was less than 50 by the pundits and media. So ending up with a total 156 I think including unitary and town councillors was never envisaged by anyone. I note Pompey's obsession continues, it is interesting that the failed politician publican seems to have such an impact on his life and that of the entire County of Wiltshire, he at least must be devil incarnate. As for him not being a member I can tell you he has never been expelled and is very much still a member. I suggest you join the party just so you can have a look at the members forum. Ah but then you would have to identify yourself because the forum doesn't allow anonymous posters. RichardR1
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7:58pm Sun 5 May 13

house on the hill says...

I actually had better things to do with my life. Politics is a farce hence why we are in this mess and the votes go bank and forth. No one seems to have a clue what to do an spend their time having a go at the party in power without offering any viable alternative themselves. Short memories and knee jerk reactions from the electorate and the usual rubbish from politians. Sadly I can't get involved with politics as I am allergic to ****!
I actually had better things to do with my life. Politics is a farce hence why we are in this mess and the votes go bank and forth. No one seems to have a clue what to do an spend their time having a go at the party in power without offering any viable alternative themselves. Short memories and knee jerk reactions from the electorate and the usual rubbish from politians. Sadly I can't get involved with politics as I am allergic to ****! house on the hill
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10:39am Mon 6 May 13

Ringer says...

Very encouraging to see Labour so roundly thrashed at the ballot box.
Very encouraging to see Labour so roundly thrashed at the ballot box. Ringer
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10:49am Mon 6 May 13

RichardR1 says...

House there are those who take the view that if you don't take part in the process you have no right to complain.
House there are those who take the view that if you don't take part in the process you have no right to complain. RichardR1
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7:11am Tue 7 May 13

house on the hill says...

And there are those who take the view that all politicians and would be's are all arrogant self serving egotistical aholes who have no concept or interest in reality just in themselves but it doesn't seem to stop them posting. Give me a party worth voting for and I will, but personally I don't settle for the best of a bad lot as we keep doing time and again.
And there are those who take the view that all politicians and would be's are all arrogant self serving egotistical aholes who have no concept or interest in reality just in themselves but it doesn't seem to stop them posting. Give me a party worth voting for and I will, but personally I don't settle for the best of a bad lot as we keep doing time and again. house on the hill
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10:13am Tue 7 May 13

RichardR1 says...

So start your own party House, if you are right you can clear up.

Write your own manifesto of how to solve Swindon's problems (start small), then you can move on to the national scene.

I wouldn't disagree there are those who want to be politicians for the wrong reasons, but it's the only system we have, so not helping to change it with respect makes you know better than those politicians.
So start your own party House, if you are right you can clear up. Write your own manifesto of how to solve Swindon's problems (start small), then you can move on to the national scene. I wouldn't disagree there are those who want to be politicians for the wrong reasons, but it's the only system we have, so not helping to change it with respect makes you know better than those politicians. RichardR1
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1:21pm Tue 7 May 13

notscot says...

RichardR1 wrote:
So start your own party House, if you are right you can clear up.

Write your own manifesto of how to solve Swindon's problems (start small), then you can move on to the national scene.

I wouldn't disagree there are those who want to be politicians for the wrong reasons, but it's the only system we have, so not helping to change it with respect makes you know better than those politicians.
And we're back to: who can afford to?
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: So start your own party House, if you are right you can clear up. Write your own manifesto of how to solve Swindon's problems (start small), then you can move on to the national scene. I wouldn't disagree there are those who want to be politicians for the wrong reasons, but it's the only system we have, so not helping to change it with respect makes you know better than those politicians.[/p][/quote]And we're back to: who can afford to? notscot
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9:54pm Tue 7 May 13

Daedalus says...

You could always call it the 'House Party'.
You could always call it the 'House Party'. Daedalus
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