Tory control of Somerset County Council ‘precarious’ as results sink in

Andrew Govier
Labour leader Andy Govier retained his Wellington seat with an increased majority of over 400.

The Conservative Party has retained overall control of Somerset County Council but with a seriously reduced majority ( -7) on 28 seats and an increase in Labour  (+1) 3 and Progressive Independent (+2) 2 seats . The Lib Dems have dropped (-3) their total of  seats to 18 and the Far Right UKIP gaining (+3) a surprise 3 bringing the balance to 28-26.

The results are for 54 out of the 55 electoral divisions .The Coker division will be contested on 16 May due to the death of a candidate.

Overall turnout was: 35.6% (a decrease compared to 42% in 2009)

Labours Dave Loveridge holds his Bridgwater North and Central seat with increased majority of almost 500
Labours Dave Loveridge holds his Bridgwater North and Central seat with increased majority of almost 500

Seats Won:

Conservative: 28

Labour: 3

Lib Dem: 18


Independent: 2

The Council Leader and Chairman will be elected at the next full council meeting which will take place on 21 May 2013.

Leigh Redman takes Bridgwater South for Labour with a 400 majority over the Tories

Full results are:

Bishops Hull & Taunton West – Justine Baker, Liberal Democrat

Blackdown & Neroche – Ross Henley, Liberal Democrat

Blackmoor Vale – William Wallace, Conservative

Brent – John Denby – Conservative

Bridgwater East & Bawdrip – David Hall, Conservative

Bridgwater North & Central – Dave Loveridge, Labour

Bridgwater South – Leigh Redman, Labour

Bridgwater West – Ann Bown, Conservative

Brympton – Sam Crabb, Liberal Democrat

Burnham on Sea North – Peter Burridge-Clayton, Conservative

Cannington – John Edney, Conservative

Castle Cary – Mike Lewis, Conservative

Chard North – Nigel Pearson, UKIP

Chard South – Jill Shortland, Liberal Democrat

Cheddar – Dawn Hill, Conservative

Coker – (to be declared on 16th May)

Comeytrowe & Trull – Alan Wedderkopp, Liberal Democrat

Crewkerne – John Dyke, Liberal Democrat

Curry Rivel & Langport – Derek Yeomans, Conservative

Dulverton & Exmoor – Frances Nicholson, Conservative

Dunster – Christine Lawrence, Conservative

Frome East – Alvin Horsfall, Liberal Democrat

Frome North – Sam Phripp, Liberal Democrat

Frome West – Derek Tanswell, Liberal Democrat

Glastonbury & Street (A) Terry Napper, Conservative

Glastonbury & Street (B) Alan Gloak, Liberal Democrat

Highbridge & Burnham South – John Woodman, Conservative

Huntspill – Mark Healy, Conservative

Ilminster – Linda Vijeh, Conservative

King Alfred – David Huxtable, Conservative

Lydeard – Mike Rigby, Independent

Martock – John Bailey, Liberal Democrat

Mendip Central & East – Philip Ham, Conservative

Mendip Hills – Harvey Siggs, Conservative

Mendip South – Nigel Woollcombe-Adams, Conservative

Mendip West – Graham Noel, Conservative

Minehead – Terry Venner, UKIP

Monkton & North Curry – David Fothergill, Conservative

North Petherton – Richard Brown, Conservative

Rowbarton & Staplegrove – Danny Wedderkopp, Liberal Democrat

Shepton Mallet – John Parham, Conservative

Somerton – Dean Ruddle, Conservative

South Petherton and Islemoor – Christopher Le Hardy, Conservative

Taunton East – Simon Coles, Liberal Democrat

Taunton North – Claire Gordan, Liberal Democrat

Taunton South – Hazel Prior-Sankey, Liberal Democrat

Upper Tone – James Hunt, Conservative

Watchet & Stogursey – Hugh Davies, Independent

Wellington – Andrew Govier, Labour

Wells – John Osman, Conservative

Wincanton & Bruton – Anna Groskop, Conservative

Yeovil Central – Alan Dimmick, UKIP

Yeovil East – Tony Lock, Liberal Democrat

Yeovil South – Dave Greene, Liberal Democrat

Yeovil West – Jane Lock, Liberal Democrat

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