Conservatives maintain control of Swindon Borough Council
The Conservative Party has maintained control of Swindon Borough Council, but with a reduced 11-seat majority following yesterday’s Borough-wide election.
Published: Friday, 6th May 2022
Of the 19 seats up for election this year, five seats changed hands with the Conservatives gaining a seat in Central ward and the Labour Group taking four seats from the Conservatives. These included the seat vacated by current Swindon Mayor, Councillor Garry Perkins, in Haydon Wick as well as the previously held seats in Lydiard and Freshbrook, Priory Vale and St Margaret and South Marston.
Following the elections, the Conservatives have 34 seats overall with Labour having 23.
The count, which was held today at the Council-owned STEAM Museum, saw Conservative candidates elected in Blunsdon and Highworth (Steve Weisinger), Central (Anabelle Pegado), Chiseldon and Lawn (Lawrence Elliott), Covingham and Dorcan (Kevin Parry), Shaw (Suresha Gattapur), St Andrews (Jake Chandler) and Wroughton and Wichelstowe (David Martyn).
Labour candidates were elected in Eastcott (Imtiyaz Shaikh), Gorse Hill and Pinehurst (Carol Shelley), Haydon Wick (Matthew Lodge), Liden Eldene and Park South (Janine Haworth), Lydiard and Freshbrook (Sean Wilson), Mannington and Western (Jim Robbins), Old Town (Nadine Watts), Penhill and Upper Stratton (Claire Crilly), Priory Vale (Robert Heath) Rodbourne Cheney (William Stone), St Margaret and South Marston (Pamela Adams), and Walcot and Park North (Abdul Amin).
Turnout for the election was 33 per cent overall.