Shilton and Barnacle, which was formerly in the Fosse ward, is now part of the new 'Wolvey & Shilton' ward, and is represented at the Town Hall by just one councillor (rather than the previous two). The counting of the votes for all 42 of the new seats was carried out this morning, and by lunchtime it was announced that the Conservatives had won 25 seats, Labour had won 10 seats, the Liberal Democrats had secured 6 seats, and one seat had been won by an Independent.
This result means that Rugby Borough Council will remain in Conservative control until at least May 2014, when elections are next held.
The individual vote totals for all of the parties contesting the 42 seats (and the change in the share of their vote from May 2011) was:
- Conservative - 25,823 votes (45.6%, -0.6%)
- Labour - 15,407 votes (27.2%, -2.5%)
- Liberal Democrat - 9,678 votes (17.1%, +0.9%)
- Green - 2,634 votes (4.6%, -0.6%)
- Independents - 1,605 votes (2.8%)
- Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts - 1,518 votes (2.7%, no change)
Within the new Wolvey & Shilton ward, the result was:
- Chris Pacey-Day (Conservative) - 465
- Robert Bevin (Labour) - 225
Finally, it was a mixed night for the two councillors who previously represented the former Fosse ward. Tony Gillias was re-elected as a member of the 'Revel & Binley Woods' ward, whilst Rachel Watts was unsuccessful standing in the 'Newbold & Brownsover' ward. I wish them both well for the future and thank them for all they've done for residents in the parish during the time they've represented the area.
Full election results for all 17 wards on Rugby Borough Council can be viewed here.