Local Elections 2015

There are 12 Unitary, 4 County and 25 District council across the South West. 2015 was a major local authority election year, with elections in 33 of the 41 Councils.

Cornwall Unitary, Wiltshire Unitary, Isles of Scilly Unitary, Cheltenham District and the County Councils did not have elections this year. All other district and unitary councils had elections together with town and parish councils in their areas.

8 councils were electing one third of their councillors - Bristol Unitary, Plymouth Unitary, Swindon Unitary, Exeter City, Purbeck District, Weymouth & Portland District, Stroud District and Gloucester District.

The remainder all had full elections. At total of 1234 seats were being elected and there were Green candidates for 573 of them (46% up from 229 in 2011)

No party stood for every seat or even every ward, Con stood in most (almost every ward)

Every party except the Greens lost some seats - we held all those we were defending. Con & Ukip gained more than they lost.

 

Green

Con

Ind

Lab

LD

UKIP

Won

26

803

98

98

182

27

Net gain/loss

12

88

-38

-13

-64

16

UKIP's biggest gains were in Torridge (+7) and Forest of Dean (+6), but they lost seats in Mendip (-3), Teignbridge (-1) and South Gloucestershire (-1). Conservatives only losses were in East Devon (-5) where Independents were +8. Cons biggest gain (+11) and LD biggest loss (-10) was Poole. Other strong Con gains were Tewkesbury, Taunton, S.Glos, Teignbridge and Purbeck

 

No meaningful numeric analysis is possible owing to wide variations in seat per ward, number of candidates per party and per seat in wards, incumbency and local personality effects.