01:38AM, Saturday 09 May 2015
The Royal Borough’s local election results followed the national trend, seeing the Conservatives add to their already overwhelming majority in the council chamber.
The Tories held all of their existing 46 seats but took two more from the Liberal Democrats, two from UKIP and four from independents – leaving just three opposition councillors in a chamber of 57 members.
The Conservative juggernaut proved unstoppable as the evening progressed with the same story playing out in ward after ward. Not only did the Conservatives consolidate their position and make gains, but they did it with increased majorities in most wards.
Events echoed the previous night’s general election count which saw Maidenhead MP and Home Secretary Theresa May increase her majority to more than 29,000 as the Liberal Democrat vote collapsed and they were forced into second place by Labour.
On the local stage the Lib Dems again failed to mobilise their support, finding themselves behind Labour and even UKIP in some wards.
The only ward where they gave the Tories a run for their money was Pinkneys Green, which saw the party’s sole councillor, Simon Werner, returned. The two other opposition councillors are Malcolm Beer and Lynne Jones of the Old Windsor Residents Association.
The Conservatives also took the Clewer North Ward from West Windsor Residents Association-backed candidates in a field confused by additional independents.
Tory leader Cllr David Burbage said: “I’m tremendously pleased with our results tonight and obviously very delighted with the success of the Conservative campaign.
“To win 54 seats is a tremendous achievement. We're particularly pleased with the new blood into the council. We worked very hard in wards where the opposition were strongest, winning the Clewer North seat in particular.”
Turnout, boosted by the general election, was 72.91 per cent.
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