Local Conservatives last night claimed two impressive victories in Bulmershe & Whitegates by-elections, with Alison Swaddle elected to represent the ward on Wokingham Borough Council and David Stares elected to represent Bulmershe Ward on Woodley Town Council.
The Bulmershe & Whitegates by-election saw Alison Swaddle achieve 726 votes (35.4%), compared with 498 votes (24.3%) for the Labour candidate - an increase of 10.3% on the election in May 2012 and an increase of 8.4% since May 2014.
The Bulmershe Ward by-election saw David Stares record 336 (32.5%) of the vote, with the Labour candidate receiving 297 (28.7%).
Commenting on the results, Rob Wilson MP said:“I’d like to congratulate Alison and David on what were two very impressive by-election victories. The results are fantastic and show clearly what positive campaigning and a coherent message can achieve.
“The victories are even more notable when one considers that this was a top Labour target ward, however Labour’s negative campaigning saw its vote collapse. It’s evident that people are seeing through the blame culture and are electing Conservatives that are actually delivering.
“Yet again the Conservatives have added to our diverse local team that is truly representative of the community and I’m sure both Alison and David will provide strong voices for local residents.”
Full results are attached.