The press has seemed dominated by a Leadership contest in recent weeks. However many readers may not be aware that we have had a similar contest in Wiltshire – without any of the fuss or razzmatazz of the national contest for a new Conservative Leader.
By the time that you read this the results of both contests will be clear and both our Country and County will have new political Leaders.

After many years of dedicated service to the Council Baroness Jane Scott has stepped down both as the Leader of her Conservative Group and of Wiltshire Council. Jane has given her life to the service of Wiltshire for over two decades and she will be sorely missed. Whether you liked her or not she gave sound and strong leadership ably supported throughout by her loyal deputy John Thomson. They were a formidable team, both internally and externally and will both be greatly missed.

The Conservative Group of the Council ran a very clear and straightforward contest where the final four candidates went before the Group in a well run and good humoured hustings contest. Unlike the national circus, the Wiltshire contest was run internally with only those voting for the Leader taking part. There was none of the acrimony that we witnessed in the very public national contest and there was universal acceptance of the new Leader, Councillor Philip Whitehead. Interestingly this acceptance also spread to the Council chamber where there was no opposition to his appointment.

We are lucky in Wiltshire that we have such a mature democracy with a depth of available talent. Philip Whitehead has been a Cabinet Member for several years and has achieved much in a long career in business. He hails from the north but is a long standing Moonraker (Wiltshireman) and he represents the Council Division of Urchfont and the Cannings, near Devizes. He has overseen the Council Finances in very trying times for several years. He has also made a great start by appointing a revamped new Cabinet of whom half are women; now there’s another lesson from Wiltshire to Westminster!

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If you need to contact me I am always happy to help, all the ways you can get in touch are below:

Post: ‘Wayside’, Chittoe Heath, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2EH
Telephone: 01380 850696 or mobile 07770 774463
Via my website
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About Wiltshire Council

Whilst the Parish Council is the first tier of local government, the second tier (and only other in Wiltshire) is the unitary authority, Wiltshire Council. Keevil and the villages of Bulkington, Great Hinton, Poulshot, Seend, Semington, and Steeple Ashton form the electoral Division of ‘Summerham and Seend’.

October 2017: Read the Introduction to the new 10 Year Plan for Wiltshire in this Challenges and Opportunities presentation: Challenges and opportunities ahead meetings – Sept18 (lbv3)

Your elected member on Wiltshire Council is Councillor Jonathon Seed (Conservative), who represents the Summerham and Seend division. He is also Portfolio Holder for Flooding and Military Covenant. See his full details here, including attendance records, register of interests, and committee appointments.

You can contact Councillor Jonathon Seed by:
Post: ‘Wayside’, Chittoe Heath, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2EH
Telephone: 01380 850696 or mobile 07770 774463
Via his own website or Facebook Page Councillor Jonathon Seed.

Contact Wiltshire Council itself on 0300 456 0100 or visit

There is a full list of Wiltshire Councillors here, plus all associated information.

Highway Newsletter from Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste:
Cllr Wayman’s February 2018
Cllr Wayman’s November Newsletter