Voters return new Tory MP and give the party council control

June 10 2015

CONSERVATIVES celebrated after winning the Thornbury and Yate parliamentary constituency and taking control of South Gloucestershire Council in the recent elections.

CONSERVATIVES celebrated after winning the Thornbury and Yate parliamentary constituency and taking control of South Gloucestershire Council in the recent elections.
Luke Hall secured a 1,495 majority over the Liberal Democrats’ Steve Webb to become the area’s MP, while at local level the Tories now hold 40 seats on the unitary authority.
The general election result ended Mr Webb’s 18 years representing the constituency at Westminster. For the past five years he had also been the highly regarded pensions minister in the coalition government.
At South Gloucestershire Council, his Lib Dem colleagues have 16 seats, while voters returned 14 Labour councillors.
Meanwhile Filton and Bradley Stoke Conservative MP Jack Lopresti retained his seat with an increased majority.