WHILE the Liberal Democrats had a disappointing result in the General Election, in the Stroud district elections the party managed to turn the tables and become joint opposition party alongside Labour.
In an election where most seats stayed the same the Lib Dems managed to pick up two new seats. Brian Marsh took the seat in Dursley from former Conservative candidate Dr Timothy Frankau and in Wotton-under-Edge new Lib Dem candidate Alan O'Connor took the seat from Conservative Chris Routledge who stood down this year.
This leaves the council with a political make-up of 30 Conservatives, seven Labour, seven Lib Dem, six Greens and one independent.
Candidate elected with star next to their name.
Gordon Craig (Conservative) 1,281* Jaswant Gangotra (Labour) 800 John Greenwood (Labour) 790 John Stanton (Conservative)1,253*
Miranda Clifton (Labour) 858 John Hudson (Conservative) 942* Darren Jones (Liberal Democrats) 586 Indigo Redfern (Green Party) 73
Dennis Andrewartha (Liberal Democrat) 1,068* Josephine Colebrook (Labour) 604 Jeffrey Tyndall (Conservative) 662
Uley and Coaley
Tricia Leonard (Labour) 665 Graham Trave (Conservative) 844*
Timothy Frankau (Conservative) 1,120 Brian Marsh (Liberal Democrats) 1,136* Geoffrey Wheeler (Labour) 1,026 Miriam Yagud (Green Party) 163
John Howe (Liberal Democrats) 825 John Jones (Conservative) 1,511* Lesley Williams (Labour) 507
Hilary Fowles (Labour) 242 Penelope Wride (Conservative) 892*
David Barker (Green Party) 466 Nick McGarvey (Conservative) 1,221 Alan O’Connor (Liberal Democrat) 2,053*