Conservatives tighten hold as Labour and UKIP lose representation at district
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.