UKIP in second place in Brislington West and East elections

polling stationThe first UKIP councillor has been elected in Bristol (Hengrove) and the party came second in five wards – Brislington West and Brislington East, Whitchurch Park, Kingsweston and Southmead.

There were elections in a third of the seats in Bristol (24 wards) and the result sees Labour remaining the largest party on the city council but without an overall majority.

One of the casualties of the night was the former Lord Mayor of Bristol, Peter Main, who lost the Brislington West seat that he had held for the Lib Dems to Labour. Mr Main was pushed into third place, polling 13 fewer votes than the UKIP candidate.

In the St George West by-election, which followed the resignation of Labour councillor Peter Hammond, the party held on to the seat. Candidate Sue Milestone took almost 40% of the vote (1,141), more than double that of her nearest rival, the Green candidate Chloe Somers.

The Stockwood seat remains Conservative with a clear win for Cllr David Morris.

Meanwhile there were no local elections in South Gloucestershire apart from a by-election for the Wraxall seat on Oldland Parish Council, in which the Conservatives held on to the seat left vacant by the resignation of Brian Deeley.

Kaye Barrett got 752 votes, there were 486 votes for Labour’s Ellie Simm and Liz Jardine for the Green Party took 251 votes.

The results of European Parliamentary Elections that also took place last night will not be known until Sunday.