Taunton: Conservatives retain control in Somerset County Council elections

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By abbie_taunton | Friday, May 03, 2013, 09:13

Conservatives have retained control of Somerset County Council while the Taunton electorate voted predominantly Liberal Democrat in yesterday's elections.

28 Tory candidates won seats on the council, followed by 18 Liberal Democrats. Labour and UKIP won three each, and two seats were won for Independent candidates.

Liberal Democrats won seats in seven seats in the eleven Taunton divisions. The remaining seats went to Independent candidate Mike Rigby for Bishop's Lydeard, Conservative candidate James Hunt for Upper Tone, Conservative Candidate David Fothergill for Monkton & North Curry and Labour candidate Andrew Govier for the Welligton division.

In turn the Liberal Democrats won seats in Taunton South, Taunton North, Taunton East, Bishops Hull & Taunton West, Rowbarton & Staplegrove, Comeytrowe & Trull and Blackdown & Neroche

Voting turnouts varied from as high as 46 per cent in Comeytrowe and Trull to as low as 16 per cent in Bridgwater North and Central.

The election for the Coker division in south Somerset has been postponed for a fortnight following the death of a candidate.

Audrey Spencer, a former Chard town councillor, died at her home in Chard on Tuesday, April 2.

Mrs Spencer was standing as the UKIP candidate for the Coker Ward, near Yeovil.

South Somerset District Council confirmed that the election in the Coker division will be postponed until May 16.


Somerset County Council election results by division


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