Swindon Borough Council

A third of the seats in Swindon were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 9 Total councillors 29 Change-1

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 9 Total councillors 26 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 2 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Labour calls on government to scrap voter ID

Woking
PA

Labour has urged ministers to scrap its plans for voters to show identification at polling stations, following a trial yesterday.

There was controversy as some voters in Swindon, Woking and Bromley were reportedly prevented from voting.

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Cat Smith said: “There was absolutely no case for introducing voter ID in the first place but after yesterday’s fiasco, it is impossible for the government to justify rolling it out.

“After completely ignoring a number of serious warning signs, the government decided to pilot discriminatory measures which denied people their right to vote.

“We cannot allow the Conservative Party to undermine our democracy, which is why Labour is calling on the government to scrap their voter ID plans as a matter of urgency.”

The Cabinet Office said the pilots were a success.

Labour will 'come back with renewed vigour' in Swindon

Swindon's fast count meant Labour soon knew their challenge had faltered.

In several seats they'd targeted, the Tories won comfortably.

Labour had made Swindon a top priority, bringing party leader Jeremy Corbyn here campaigning several times.

But failing to end 14 years of Conservative rule clearly hurt.

We are pleased to gain a seat and reduce the Conservative majority to one, but, sadly, we have failed to take any seats from the Conservatives. We need to go away and analyse why this is happened and come back with renewed vigour starting tomorrow.

Jim GrantSwindon's Labour leader

Labour in Swindon 'were hoping for more'

Watch: "We were hoping for more," said Labour's deputy leader Steve Allsopp

Labour needed to gain four seats on Thursday to take overall control in Swindon but managed just one.

Swindon council leader on results

Watch: "A really bad night for Labour," said Swindon's Conservative leader David Renard

Labour 'drummed out of town', says Swindon's Tory council leader

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A group of Tories celebrating in Swindon
BBC

When the polls opened at the crack of dawn on Thursday, the Conservatives were in control of the council with a slender majority of three.

A little after 12.30am, they retained control but with a majority of just one.

The council leader said Labour had been “drummed out of town”.

I am delighted that we have managed to fend off the significant challenge we have had from the Labour Party, who were clearly putting a lot of time, effort and resources into taking the council.

David Renard (Cons)Swindon Borough Council leader

Swindon's election results - ward by ward

The Swindon Borough Council results where you live with the winner's share of the vote:

  • Blunsdon & Highworth: CON hold (57%)
  • Central: LAB hold (72%)
  • Chiseldon & Lawn: CON hold (54%)
  • Covingham & Dorcan: CON hold (67%)
  • Eastcott: LAB gain (46%) from LIB DEM
  • Gorse Hill & Pinehurst: LAB hold (53%)
  • Haydon Wick: CON hold (49%)
  • Liden, Eldene & Park South: LAB hold (44%)
  • Lydiard & Freshbrook: CON hold (49%)
  • Mannington & Western: LAB hold (58%)
  • Old Town: LAB hold (50%)
  • Penhill & Upper Stratton: LAB hold (49%)
  • Priory Vale: CON hold (59%)
  • Rodbourne Cheney: LAB hold (53%)
  • Shaw: CON hold (46%)
  • St Andrews: CON hold (55%)
  • St Margaret & South Marston: CON hold (50%)
  • Walcot & Park North: LAB hold (55%)
  • Wroughton & Wichelstowe: LIB DEM gain (36%) from CON

The Conservatives hold on to their majority with 29 seats, while Labour have 26 and two for the Liberal Democrats.

'A tough night for Labour' in Swindon

Dan O'Brien

Political reporter, BBC Wiltshire

The Conservatives have held on by the narrowest of margins; a result that frankly neither they nor Labour really expected.

In the build-up to this election, all sides were talking about the most likely scenario being no party getting a majority.

Having a majority of one makes life tricky but it's a better result than they feared.

It was a tough night for Labour here.

Overall they actually took slightly more of the vote share than the Tories but not where it mattered.

They needed four gains to take control. While that was the dream, the realistic ambition was to knock the council into No Overall Control.

They took their target of Eastcott from the Lib Dems, but the two key Labour/Conservative marginals of Lydiard & Freshbrook and Stratton St Margaret both stayed Tory.

It was the Lib Dems, not Labour, who ate into the Tory majority with their surprise win by just seven votes in Wroughton & Wichesltowe.

The Greens and UKIP were clearly delighted to come third in some seats.

But while the Greens saw their vote share slightly increase to 5%, UKIP's fell to just 4% leaving the party in last place overall for the share of Swindon's vote.

Better luck next time?

His party might have failed to oust the Conservatives in Swindon but shadow chancellor John McDonnell says Labour's share of the vote in Swindon makes it a realistic target for the next general election.

BreakingConservatives hold Swindon

It was one of Labour's top targets - with Jeremy Corbyn visiting during campaigning - but while the party gained one seat, it failed to capture Swindon from the Conservatives.

The Tories have clung on to control with 29 seats, three ahead of Labour, while the Lib Dems have two.