A land­slide win for the Con­ser­va­tives

Few sur­prises as Tories take 41 seats to con­trol county coun­cil

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS -

In a count that threw up few sur­prises, the Tories won a land­slide 41 seats, con­sist­ing of more than half of the over­all per­cent­age vote share.

Their near­est ri­val, the Lib­eral Democrats, lost one seat over­all, re­ceiv­ing just over 20% of the votes.

By vote share, Labour beat UKIP into fourth place in a re­sult that has mir­rored the trend na­tion­ally which has seen the right-wing party all but wiped out.

The party won six seats in 2013, but the five re­main­ing can­di­dates lost their seats, hav­ing had one of their coun­cil­lors de­fect to the Con­ser­va­tives.

The Labour Party did lose Robin Stuch­bury, who nar­rowly missed out on Buck­ing­ham West to the Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Char­lie Clare, but in a shock re­sult, Zahir Mo­hammed, the Tory cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, lost his seat to Labour.

Ma­jid Hus­sain is now Labour’s sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the coun­cil, rep­re­sent­ing Booker, Cres­sex and Castle­field, hav­ing beaten his ri­val 1608 votes to 1597.

Three in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lors have been elected – Ju­lia Was­sell, win­ning Rye­mead and Mick­le­field, Chaud­hary Ditta, win­ning Tot­teridge and Bow­erdean, both stand­ing for East Wy­combe In­de­pen­dent, and Dar­ren Hay­day, win­ning West Wy­combe.

The Con­ser­va­tives won 13 seats in Ayles­bury Vale and the Lib Dems won four. No other party won a seat in that dis­trict. The turnout was 35%.

In Wy­combe Dis­trict, the Tories won 12 seats, In­de­pen­dents won three and Labour won one. The turnout was 34.49%.

The Tories won ev­ery sin­gle seat avail­able in the Chiltern and South Bucks dis­tricts, al­though a hard fought cam­paign in the Chiltern Ridges di­vi­sion saw Pa­tri­cia Birch­ley pip the Lib Dem can­di­date Mo­ham­mad Fayyaz by 1815 votes to 1232.

The Con­ser­va­tives have gained five seats since 2013, UKIP lost all of theirs, the Lib­eral Democrats lost one and East Wy­combe In­de­pen­dent won one. Con­ser­va­tive: 41 seats Lib­eral Demo­crat: 4 East Wy­combe In­de­pen­dent: 2 Labour: 1 In­de­pen­dent: 1 UKIP: 0

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