Keep proper journalism alive. It's time to Back the Cable
The Bristol Cable

Tories lose majority in South Gloucestershire at local elections

The Conservatives have been the ruling group for eight years but suffered several major losses to place the council into No Overall Control.

Reports

The Conservatives have lost their overall majority on South Gloucestershire Council as opposition parties made big gains at their expense at the local elections.

Tories have been the ruling group for eight years but suffered several major losses to place the authority into No Overall Control.

They ended up with 23 councillors – down by 10 from the last elections in 2019 – with 36 per cent of the vote, two points above the Lib Dems who won 20 seats, an increase of three, from a 34 per cent vote share, while Labour went up from 11 to 17 members and received 24 per cent of the vote, with one independent.

All three groups fell well short of the required 31 seats for an overall majority, and a coalition between Labour and the Lib Dems now seems the likeliest outcome, although no official agreement has yet been made and talks are now expected.

The biggest shock on a night of surprises and change was the Conservatives losing cabinet member Steve Reade.

He fell just 13 votes short of fellow cabinet member Cllr Ben Stokes, elected in second place in Boyd Valley behind Lib Dem Marilyn Palmer who overturned the party’s 18 per cent deficit from four years ago.
With Labour enjoying a healthy lead in opinion polls, national trends were reflected in many of the 28 wards’ results with massive swings in their favour.

The party gained seats from the Tories in Bradley Stoke South, Charlton & Cribbs, Emersons Green, Filton, Hanham and Stoke Gifford.

As well as Boyd Valley, the Lib Dems ousted Conservatives in Frenchay & Downend, Severn Vale and Pilning & Severn Beach where they had finished fifth and last in 2019.

The Tories, by contrast, managed to gain just one seat held by another party, taking one of the two available in Chipping Sodbury & Cotswold Edge from the Lib Dems.

Independent candidate Isobel Walker took Patchway Coniston from Labour.
The turnout was 34 per cent – up by two per cent from the last local elections.

Join 2,500 Cable members redefining local media

Your support will help the Cable grow, deepening our connections in the city and investigating the issues that matter most in our communities.

Join now

What makes us different?

Comments

Post a comment

Mark if this comment is from the author of the article

By posting a comment you agree to our Comment Policy.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related content

Watch: Why you should back the Cable – in 60 seconds

A breakdown of all the things we've managed to achieve for Bristol in almost a decade of reporting.

We’re working to diversify the Cable team. Let’s start with our freelancer base

The Cable exists to challenge the structure of the media, but we are not representative enough of our city. Here’s what we’re doing to change things.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Jos Clark on ‘bloody rude’ Marvin, looming Labour thrashing and Lib Dem comeback

The experienced local councillor, who is a strong critic of Marvin Rees and the mayoral system, talks libraries, Bristol's failing bus services and her prediction that Labour will take a kicking after eight years in power.

‘He was our godfather’: Bristol musicians remember Mark Stewart

It’s a year since the Pop Group singer, a revered figure of the post-punk era, died aged 62. Beyond the uncompromising legacy of his own releases, his influence remains etched into his home city’s musical DNA.

As Labour and the Greens battle it out, how do their policies stack up?

Labour and the Greens are likely to be the two largest parties after Bristol’s local elections on 2 May, so we decided to delve beneath the rhetoric to see what they’d actually change.

How St Paul’s residents fought to make the Malcolm X Centre a space for the community

The Malcolm X Centre on Ashley Road is one of Bristol’s most well-known and treasured community venues. What’s less well remembered is the struggle local people went through to lay the foundations for that status.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Labour’s Tom Renhard on building new homes, his fast rise to party leader and why the Greens aren’t ready for power

Labour will be trying to hold onto power after eight years of running the city. Local leader Tom Renhard says the Greens, Labour's main competition, won't be able to step up and make big decisions.

Love local news as much as we do? We’re seeking Patrons

We've been offered a bonus grant of £40,000 if we’re able to increase our membership income by £60,000. Patrons are the make or break factor in whether we succeed.

Join our newsletter

Get the essential stories you won’t find anywhere else

Subscribe to the Cable newsletter to get our weekly round-up direct to your inbox every Saturday

Join our newsletter

Subscribe to the Cable newsletter

Get our latest stories & essential Bristol news
sent to your inbox every Saturday morning