Conservatives lose council seats across the Meon Valley

City council elections

The Conservative Party has been given a battering across the Meon Valley losing a string of seats in elections to Winchester City Council.

In Central Meon Valley, Green Party candidate Suzanne White beat sitting councillor Linda Gemmell by nearly 700 votes and in Bishop’s Waltham Ritchie Latham unseated Conservative Henry Laferla by nearly 1000 votes.

In Denmead, Lib Dem Michael Bennett beat incumbent Tory Mike Read by just 20 votes.

The Lib Dems also gained in Alresford and Itchen Valley, held Southwick and Wickham with sitting Councillor Angela Clear retained her seat as did Vivian Archwal in Whiteley and Shedfield.

The political makeup of Winchester City Council now stands at:

33 seats for the Liberal Democrat Party
8 seats for the Conservative Party
3 seats for the Green Party
1 seat for Independent Councillors (not designated a group)

Full results for Meon Valley Seats:

Alresford and Itchen Valley

Name of CandidateDescription (if any) Number of votes
ISAACS FionaLocal Conservatives1283
PINNIGER ClaireLiberal Democrats1768 (E)
VALENTINE Tessa SusanLabour Party79
WESTLEY DaveGreen Party148

Bishop’s Waltham

Name of Candidate Description (if any) Number of votes 
CANNON RichardGreen Party172
COLES AlexIndependent202
HAINES SteveLabour and Co-operative Party125
LAFERLA HenryLocal Conservatives700
LATHAM RitchieLiberal Democrats1617 (E)

Central Meon Valley

Name of Candidate Description (if any)Number of votes
BODGER EricLiberal Democrats579
GEMMELL LindaLocal Conservatives960
HIRSCH Oliver StephenLabour Party80
WHITE Suzanne EmmaGreen Party1717 (E)


Name of Candidate Description (if any) Number of votes
BENNETT MichaelLiberal Democrats1006 (E)
KIRBY Andrew ThomasLabour Party147
READ MikeLocal Conservatives986
RILEY Elizabeth KarenGreen Party136

Southwick and Wickham
Name of Candidate Description (if any) Number of votes
CLEAR AngelaLiberal Democrats1053 (E)
PARRY BeataGreen Party125
SEARLE DeniseLocal Conservatives387
SONY Paul ThomasLabour137

Whiteley and Shedfield

Name of Candidate Description (if any) Number of votes
ACHWAL VivianLiberal Democrats1112 (E)
GARTH MarcusLocal Conservatives480
NEEDHAM KateGreen Party269
O’SHAUGHNESSY Rosalind SallyLabour Party94
WHELAN Sean GerrardIndependent Candidate350

Full results for all the May 2024 elections to Winchester City Council here.