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2017 Somerset County Council election results

Wednesday 10 May 2017, 08:25
By John Smith

Wincanton Memorial Hall and half a county council election poll card

The county council election results are in. For the new term the conservatives still enjoy solid support, winning more than 60% of all the votes cast in each of the three constituencies.

The results show that the Blackmore Vale and Wincanton and Bruton constituencies both had an increase in turnout compared to 2013. The turnout in Castle Cary was slightly down.

With the exception of Labour candidate in Blackmore Vale, and the Lib Dem candidate in Castle Cary, all the candidates saw an increase in votes over the 2013 elections.

Scroll to the bottom for a press release from Somerset County Council.

2017 election results

Wincanton & Bruton

Candidate Party Votes %  
 GROSKOP, Anna Conservative 2096 64% elected
 BAKER, Abi Liberal Democrat 708 22%  
 TURNER, Patricia Ann Labour 244 7%  
 JONES, Ewan William George Green Party 216 7%  
Electorate 8352
Turnout 39%
Total votes 3264
Total in 2013 2921

Castle Cary

Candidate Party Votes %  
 LEWIS, Mike Conservative 2062 61% elected
 HOBHOUSE, Henry Liberal Democrat 1192 35%  
 DROMGOOLE, Sean Adam Labour 153 4%  
Electorate 7587
Turnout 45%
Total votes 3407
Total in 2013 3496

Blackmore Vale - Milborne Port

Candidate Party Votes %  
 WALLACE, William Conservative 1905 63% elected
 SARAH, Joanne Liberal Democrat 752 25%  
 DOWDING, Oliver Hugh Arnold Green Party 188 6%  
 YIANN, Michael Andrew Labour 173 6%  
Electorate 7025
Turnout 43%
Total votes 3018
Total in 2013 2711


Somerset County Council press release

The results of yesterday’s Somerset County Council elections are as follows:

Green Party 2
Independent 3
Labour 3
Liberal Democrat 12
The Liberal Party 0
UK Independence Party 0

Full details of the results for individual divisions and candidates can be found on the elections results page on the authority’s website:

The results mean that the Conservative Group has an overall majority of 15 seats.
More than 400,000 people were eligible to vote for the 230 candidates standing for the 55 seats.

Following the election, the successful candidates officially take up office on the 8th May which is the same day that the existing councillors officially stand down from their role.

The Full Council Annual General meeting on 24th May will appoint the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Council, the Leader of the Council and the membership of the various Council committees.

As the current Leader has not been re-elected, the current deputy leader, Councillor David Hall, will assume the responsibilities of the leader until Full Council on 24th May.

Immediately after the Full Council Meeting it is expected that the new Leader of the Council will confirm appointments to Cabinet roles.


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