Con­ser­va­tives tighten hold as Labour and UKIP lose rep­re­sen­ta­tion at dis­trict

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ELECTION 2015 -

NA­TIONAL re­sults were re­flected lo­cally with the Con­ser­va­tives in­creas­ing their hold on Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil.

The Con­ser­va­tives gained five seats at the elec­tions, with the Lib­eral Democrats fall­ing from five seats to three and Labour and UKIP los­ing their fi­nal seat each.

There are now two in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lors on the coun­cil, with Seb Berry and Derek Lacey re­tain­ing their seats in Great Mis­senden and Che­sham Ridge­way, re­spec­tively.

One pos­i­tive for the Lib­eral Democrats came in the Amer­sham Town ward which coun­cil­lor Davida Allen won back from Con­ser­va­tive Tony Wil­liams, af­ter hav­ing sur­ren­dered the seat in 2011.

The re­sult was only con­firmed af­ter a to­tal of six re­counts had taken place through­out the day with Chiltern the last dis­trict coun­cil ward to be de­cided.

Mrs Allen won a to­tal of 1,052 votes in the ward with Con­ser­va­tive Marko Flys be­ing elected along­side her with 1,229. Mr Wil­liams re­ceived a to­tal of 880.

The Lib­eral Democrats’ other two coun­cil­lors on Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil are Alan Ba­con, rep­re­sent­ing the Ash­eridge Vale and Lown­des ward and Peter Jones, rep­re­sent­ing Ballinger, South Heath and Char­tridge.

Labour’s Mo­hammed Bhatti lost his Che­sham New­town seat to Mark Shaw, while UKIP’s sole coun­cil­lor, David Mea­cock, was beaten in Chal­font St Peter’s Gold Hill ward by Christo­pher Ford.

Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor Jonathan Rush, elected in the Chal­font St Peter Cen­tral ward, said: “It’s been a good day for the Con­ser­va­tives and the re­sults do seem to re­flect the na­tional pic­ture.

“Peo­ple seem to have voted the same way lo­cally as they did na­tion­ally, which is per­haps why the Con­ser­va­tives have won ex­tra seats [in the lo­cal elec­tion].”

There are 17 new coun­cil­lors on Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil, with 12 pre­vi­ous mem­bers hav­ing cho­sen not to seek re-elec­tion.

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