Con­ser­va­tives take all but one seat

Sin­gle in­de­pen­dent will make up the op­po­si­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ELECTION 2015 - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

ELEC­TIONS in South Bucks were dom­i­nated by the Con­ser­va­tives, with the party tak­ing all but one of the seats.

There is now just one in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor on South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil, with no Lib­eral Democrats, UKIP or Labour can­di­dates.

Paul Grif­fin won a seat in the Iver Vil­lage and Richings Park ward, with Bill Lidgate, who had pre­vi­ously been an in­de­pen­dent dis­trict coun­cil­lor, los­ing out in the Iver Heath ward to Con­ser­va­tives Luisa Sul­li­van and Ray Sang­ster.

Coun­cil­lor Grif­fin caused the big­gest up­set of the day by nar­rowly beat­ing Con­ser­va­tive Ruth Vig­orHed­derly, who is the cur­rent cabi­net mem­ber for trans­port at Bucks County Coun­cil, to the po­si­tion, by amass­ing 1,289 votes in com­par­i­son to her 1,254.

Mr Lidgate re­ceived 488 votes, with Mrs Sul­li­van re­ceiv­ing 1,264 and Mr Sang­ster 1,189. In the same ward, un­suc­cess­ful UKIP can­di­date John Fa­gan re­ceived 689.

The elec­tion marked the first time that dis­trict coun­cil­lors had been elected to new wards af­ter bound­ary changes which meant the num­ber of coun­cil­lors was re­duced from 40 down to 28.

There are now sin­gle wards for Ger­rards Cross and Den­ham in­stead of those ar­eas be­ing di­vided as they were be­fore.

Chris Brown stood as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Ger­rards Cross but re­ceived 1,279 votes and was beaten to the seat by Con­ser­va­tives Bar­bara Gibbs, with 2,884 votes, San­tokh Ch­hokar, with 2,537, and Dun­can Smith, with 2,268.

Mr Brown said: “I’d like to thank all my 1,279 sup­port­ers in Ger­rards Cross for vot­ing for me as their in­de­pen­dent can­di­date in the South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil elec­tion.

“Although we did not make it, we cer­tainly gave them a run for their money.

“It was great to meet so many peo­ple on their doorsteps dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign.”

In Den­ham, where three UKIP can­di­dates stood, they were all beaten by the three Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors: Barry Harding, Guy Hol­lis and Roger Reed.

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