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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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15 Conservative gains – the best in the UK

Posted by davidburbage on June 1, 2011

We had previously been thinking that we were only the ‘equal’ most successful campaign result in the country – having calculated that we had gained 14 seats from 37 up to 51. However, we had forgotten that to compare like with like, we needed to use the 2007 seat totals with the 2011 seat totals, disregarding by-elections and defections.

As a result, we can honestly say that, when looking at our performance compared to 2007, we gained the most seats in the country – a grand total of 15.

We had had 36 councillors in 2007; the defection of Wilson Hendry last year boosted our numbers.

The increase from 36 to 51 was realised in 15 Conservative gains; our vote share went up from 52.3% to 58.1%; the LibDems fell from 36.6% to 25.9% and Labour increased from 3.5% to 9.7%. Others fell from 7.5% to 6%. LibDem deserters apparently split evenly between ourselves and Labour. Or, quite possibly, they didn’t turn up to vote. Overall, an 8% swing from LibDem to Conservative.

[Wealden and Vale of White Horse had 14 Conservative gains. Not bad chaps!]

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