2000 Swindon Borough Council election

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The 2000 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2000 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 1999 increasing the number of seats by 5.[1] The Labour party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[2]

Election result[edit]

The election saw a trial of all-postal voting in several wards, with these wards seeing turnout increase by up to 13%.[3] In 1999 turnout in these wards had been below 20% compared to an average across Swindon of 26%, while in 2000 3 of the 4 wards which had the trial saw turnout of over 30% compared to an average of 27.6% in the whole council.[3]

Swindon Local Election Result 2000[2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 28 -11 47.5
  Conservative 23 +18 39.0
  Liberal Democrat 8 -2 13.6


  1. ^ "Swindon". BBC News Online. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Election results: local councils". The Times. 6 May 2000. p. 10.
  3. ^ a b Wainwright, Martin (15 May 2000). "Comment & Analysis: Analysis: Making it easy: Experiments to improve the turnout in local elections have had an impact, although some voters still want to use a polling station". The Guardian. p. 17.