1997 Wiltshire County Council election

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All 47 seats to Wiltshire County Council
24 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Con
LD
Lab
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats Labour
Last election 18 seats, 36% 33 seats, 37.5% 17 seats, 22.5%
Seats won 22 20 4
Seat change Increase 4 Decrease 13 Decrease 13
Popular vote 107,867 87,367 45,365
Percentage 43.4% 35.2% 18.3%
Swing Increase 7.4% Decrease 2.3% Decrease 4.2%

  Fourth party
 
Ind
Party Independent
Last election 0 seats, 1.9%
Seats won 1
Seat change Increase 1
Popular vote 3,978
Percentage 1.6%
Swing Decrease 0.3%

Council control before election

Liberal Democrats

Council control after election

No overall control

Elections to Wiltshire County Council were held on 1 May 1997. The whole council was up for election and the result was no overall control, with the Conservatives as the largest party.

As with other county elections in England, these local elections in Wiltshire took place on the same day as the 1997 United Kingdom general election.

Results

Wiltshire Local Election Result 1997
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 22 +4 46.81 43.4 107,867 +46,488
  Liberal Democrats 20 -13 42.55 35.2 87,367 +23,260
  Labour 4 -13 8.51 18.3 45,365 +6,920
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 2.13 1.6 3,978 +426
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.4 3,481 +2,402
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0 0.14 257 -1,992
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.09 230 +230

Results by divisions

Aldbourne and Ramsbury

Aldbourne and Ramsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Paul Humphries 2,571
Liberal Democrats Graham Francis 2,213
Labour Brian McLintock 660
Majority 358
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Alderbury

Alderbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Temple Blackwood 2,668
Liberal Democrats Roger Hardy 1,114
Labour Ann Oliver 599
Majority 757
Conservative hold Swing

Amesbury

Amesbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Allan Godfrey Peach 2,283
Liberal Democrats Michael Allen 1,389
Labour Ross Pelling 722
Green Peter Matthews 157
Majority 894
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Avon and Cannings

Avon and Cannings
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dennis James Willmott 2,207
Liberal Democrats John Thompson 1,582
Labour Terrence O'Sullivan 1,118
UKIP Alan Wood 108
Majority 625
Conservative hold Swing

Bedwyn and Pewsey

Bedwyn and Pewsey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Mary Scott 2,735
Conservative Arthur Bromwich 2,380
Labour Michael Maude 884
Majority 355
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Bourne Valley

Bourne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Christopher Wren 2,718
Liberal Democrats Simon Frost 1,705
Labour Mark Riches 920
Majority 1,013
Conservative hold Swing

Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Victoria Christine Scott Landell Mills 2,710
Conservative Robert George Ian Elliott 1,533
Labour Angela Womersley 934
Green David Gilbert 385
UKIP John Douglas Sankey 122
Majority 1,177
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Bremhill and Calne

Bremhill and Calne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christine Crisp 2,854
Liberal Democrats Sandra Webb 2,277
Labour David Songhurst 868
Majority 577
Conservative hold Swing

Calne

Calne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nancy Suzanne Bryant 1,854
Liberal Democrats Jeanette Greer 1,692
Labour Maureen Songhurst 1,354
Majority 162
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Chippenham Park

Chippenham Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Patrick Charles Bourne Coleman 2,746
Conservative Mary Norton 1,661
Labour Stephen Wheeler 863
Majority 1,085
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Chippenham Sheldon

Chippenham Sheldon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats June Margaret Wood 1,994
Conservative Donald Ellis 1,392
Labour Maureen Lloyd 1,357
Majority 552
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Chippenham Town

Chippenham Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Philip George Allnatt 2,709
Conservative Richard Purdon 1,967
Labour Tim Hayhoe 712
Majority 742
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Collingbourne

Collingbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mark Connolly 1,613
Conservative Peter Colling 1,489
Labour Eric Dalkin 722
Independent Anthony Still 489
Majority 122
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Corsham

Corsham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Roy Davis 1,893
Conservative Hywel Jones 1,438
Labour Chris Reid 799
Majority 455
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Cricklade and Purton

Cricklade and Purton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Brian Edward Atfield 2,570
Conservative Peter Smith 1,862
Labour Brian Bayton 773
Majority 708
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Devizes

Devizes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Sheila Nancy Taylor 1,918
Conservative Maurice Came 1,496
Liberal Democrats Bryan Castle 893
Majority 422
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Devizes South and Bromham

Devizes South and Bromham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patricia Rugg 2,932
Labour James Thorpe 1,647
Liberal Democrats Henry Jordan 1,636
Majority 1,285
Conservative hold Swing

Downton

Downton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julian Paul Johnson 2,814
Liberal Democrats Roger Ford 1,617
Labour Hamish Ross 1,047
Green Marion Reed 310
Majority 1,197
Conservative hold Swing

Durrington

Durrington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Linda Patricia Morris 1,731
Liberal Democrats Judith Greville 1,636
Labour Tamsen Jacobs 812
Green Mark Pafford 105
Majority 95
Conservative hold Swing

Holt

Holt
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Terrence Peter (Terry) Chivers 2,792
Conservative Carolyn Joy Walker 2,142
Labour Gregory Anthony Coombes 537
Liberal George Frederick James Hawkins 256
Green John Richard Pearce 230
Majority 650
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Kington

Kington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jane Antoinette Scott 3,002
Liberal Democrats Doreen Darby 2,926
Labour Peter Mellett 732
Majority 76
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Lavington

Lavington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Bernard William Jarvis 2,663
Liberal Democrats Ann Thomson 1,534
Labour David Wearn 1,158
Majority 1,129
Conservative hold Swing

Malmesbury

Malmesbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Lesley Clare Stockman Bennett 2,490
Conservative Andrew Watson 2,369
Labour Daphne Jones 837
Majority 121
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Marlborough

Marlborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Margaret Boulton 1,816
Conservative Josephine Goodfellow 1,772
Labour Alec Light 782
Majority 44
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Melksham

Melksham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Salisbury 1,567
Liberal Democrats Angela Betty Barker 1,354
Conservative Kenneth Williams 768
Majority 213
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Melksham Without

Melksham Without
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Barrie Wesley 2,524
Conservative Anthony Molland 2,193
Labour John Adcock 1,663
Majority 187
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Mere

Mere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert George Catton 2,131
Liberal Democrats Mark Houghton-Brown 1,346
Labour Graham Parish 604
Majority 785
Conservative hold Swing

Minety

Minety
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carole Alethea Soden 3,418
Liberal Democrats Anne Davis 1,925
Labour John Battersby 457
Majority 1,493
Conservative hold Swing

Pickwick with Box

Pickwick with Box
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Judith Helen Seager 1,984
Liberal Democrats Dianne McGee 1,701
Labour Christopher Lynch 1,375
Majority 283
Conservative hold Swing

Salisbury Bemerton

Salisbury Bemerton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Terance Rogers 2,040
Conservative Pamela Roche 997
Liberal Democrats Jo Heaney 883
Majority 1,043
Labour hold Swing

Salisbury Harnham

Salisbury Harnham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iris Throp 1,852
Liberal Democrats Brian Dalton 1,261
Labour Gary Buckley 665
Green Rosemary Perry 186
Majority 591
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Salisbury St Mark

Salisbury St Mark
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Frederick Chalke 2,399
Liberal Democrats John Cherry 1,239
Labour Kelvin Dawson 731
Green Susan Wright 132
Majority 1,160
Conservative hold Swing

Salisbury St Martin

Salisbury St Martin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Paul William Leslie Sample 2,261
Conservative Kevin Robbin 1,511
Labour Susan Mallory 772
Green Indira Nath 209
Majority 750
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Salisbury St Paul

Salisbury St Paul
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Beryl Mary Jay 2,503
Conservative Timothy Nolan 1,102
Liberal Democrats Rachel Smith 840
Majority 1,401
Labour hold Swing

Southwick

Southwick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Napier Beatson Irving 1,687
Independent Anthony Guy Phillips 1,500
Labour Brian Michael Staines 571
Green David John Howells 316
Majority 187
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Tisbury

Tisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert John Baddeley 2,420
Liberal Democrats Felicity Corp 1,571
Labour Paul Whiteside 567
Majority 849
Conservative hold Swing

Trowbridge East

Trowbridge East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Thomas Raymond James 1,754
Conservative Joan Barbara Savage 1,484
Labour Jeffrey Bryan Osborn 1,244
Green Antoinette (Toni) Beizsley 150
Majority 270
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Trowbridge South

Trowbridge South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Grace Hill 2,363
Labour Jefferey David Morris 1,628
Conservative Patrick Andrew Sturges 1,473
Majority 735
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Trowbridge West

Trowbridge West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Shawne Edney Westbrook 1,482
Conservative Anthony Ivan Moore 1,041
Labour Helen Bridget Osborn 929
Green Carolyn Susan (Lyn) Davis 120
Majority 441
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Upper Wylye Valley

Upper Wylye Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mary Fleur de Rhé-Philipe 2,076
Liberal Democrats John Denby-Gardner 1,167
Labour Ernest Martin McCleave 501
Green Kevan James Corcoran 220
Majority 909
Conservative hold Swing

Warminster East

Warminster East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dorothea Joan Main 1,716
Liberal Democrats Catherine Jane Day 1,187
Labour Robert Alan Smith 706
Green Jonathan William Daniels 224
Majority 529
Conservative hold Swing

Warminster West

Warminster West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Edward Syme 2,599
Conservative Helen Kathleen Margaret Muriel Rowley 1,623
Green Elsa-Marie Kitching 483
Majority 976
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Westbury

Westbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Christopher Newbury 1,686
Liberal Democrats Gordon Ian King 1,650
Conservative John Aidan Booth 1,324
Labour Michael Sutton 974
Green James Oliver Toyne 102
Majority 36
Independent gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Whorwellsdown Hundred

Whorwellsdown Hundred
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Douglas Malcolm Firmager 2,348
Conservative Geoffrey Richards 1,910
Labour John William Hawkes 718
Majority 438
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Wilton and Wylye

Wilton and Wylye
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ian Clive West 2,293
Conservative Anthony Brown-Hovelt 1,987
Labour Michael Thomas 725
Independent Timothy Ingle Abbott 303
Green Sarah Green 152
Majority 306
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Wootton Bassett North

Wootton Bassett North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mollie Eileen May Groom 1,789
Liberal Democrats Duncan Bamford 1,327
Labour Julian Watson 679
Majority 462
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Wootton Bassett South

Wootton Bassett South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Toby Russell Sturgis 2,641
Liberal Democrats Daphne Matthews 2,323
Labour Ellis Webb 991
Majority 318
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

By-elections between 1997 and 2001

Whorwellsdown By-Election 2 April 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joan Barbara Prouse Savage 1,095 50.4 +12.0
Liberal Democrats Trevor William Carbin 1,078 49.6 +2.4
Majority 17 0.8
Turnout 2173 34.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Alderbury By-Election 1 July 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gerard Downes 1,223 60.6
Liberal Democrats 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 Democrats 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 Democrats Swing
Bedwyn and Pewsey By-Election 20 July 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Lay 1,470 61.8 +22.1
Liberal Democrats 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

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