Tories keep control of Swindon Council after shock win in Penhill

By Jamie Hill - 3 May 2019

Politics

Swindon Borough Council stays blue after Labour fails to make headway in local elections.

Swindon's Labour Group will be licking their wounds this morning after failing to make any gains at the borough council elections.

The Conservatives even managed to increase their majority from three seats to five after a shock gain in Penhill & Upper Stratton.

This came after former Labour councillor Teresa Page stood for the seat as an independent having left the Labour group in protest against the leadership. Labour had stood Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Kate Linnegar in her place and were expecting to win the seat but this only served to split the vote meaning that Tory candidate David Oladapo was able to swoop in and gain the seat.

In total 19 seats were up for grabs with the Tories able to hold onto 12 of their seats with Labour making no gains on the Tories and the Conservative gain in Penhill meant they actually increased their majority.

The make-up of the 57 seats on the council are now -

Conservatives - 31

Labour - 24

Liberal Democrat - 2

 

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