Conservatives hold on in Swindon but Labour close the gap

It was closer than they would have liked but the Conservatives have kept control of the council in Swindon - just. With the new boundary changes in place, the whole council was up for election, with one less seat available on council.

The Conservatives now have a majority of just one seat. It was a very close contest with Labour, who had targeted Swindon as a possible gain.

The make-up of the council now stands: Conservatives: 29, Labour: 24, Lib Dem: 4 Credit: ITV West

Labour gained 7 seats, while the Conservatives lost 8 and the Independents also lost 1. The make-up of the council now stands: Conservatives: 29, Labour: 24, Lib Dem: 4.

Turnout for the local elections in Swindon was confirmed as 32%.

Speaking after the result leader of the Council Rod Bluh said they knew the boundary changes would have an impact on the results:

Jim Grant, the leader of the Labour group in Swindon said despite closing the gap on the Conservatives, they didn't do as well as they cold have done: