Conservative sweep

Posted by David Boothroyd
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10 years ago / June 20, 2008

The Conservatives won all six byelections held on 19 June. Five of them were seats previously held by the party; the last was previously held by an Independent, who had no successor in the field.

By retaining Monkseaton North ward on North Tyneside borough council, the Conservatives have secured an overall majority on that council for the first time since it was created in 1973; however executive control remains in the hands of the directly-elected Mayor who is from the Labour Party. The single gain came in Ringwood South ward, New Forest district council where the new councillor is Jeremy Heron who represented the ward from 2003 to 2007. The other holds were in Braintree East and Hatfield Peverel wards, Braintree district council; in Wollaston ward, Wellingborough borough council, and in Great Eccleston ward, Wyre borough council.