Tories hold Thame county seats – but see majority slashed on increased turnout

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Nick Carter and David Wilmshurst have been re-elected as Thame and Chinnor’s two representatives at Oxfordshire County Council.

Mr Carter polled the most votes, with 23% of the vote (2,420 votes), while Mr Wilmhurst got 18% (1,824).

However, having got 66% of the vote between them in 2009, there was a significant reduction in support for the pair.

Labour’s Mary Stiles came in third with 1,190 votes, just ahead of UKIP candidate William Parkinson who got 1,149.

David Laver, who came third for the Lib Dems in 2009, was only seventh (7%), while the other Lib Dem runner David Bretherton was fifth (10%).

UKIP’s Michael Montgomery was sixth (9%), Labour’s Simon Stone was eighth (6%) and Colin Grenville was last (5%).

The turnout was 43%, up from 37% in 2009.