Members of Parliament
Wiltshire comprises the five Conservative Parliamentary constituencies of Chippenham, Devizes, North Wiltshire, Salisbury and South West Wiltshire. All five seats returned Conservative MPs in 2015 and 2017. The County boasts two government ministers, John Glen (Salisbury) and Claire Perry (Devizes).
Each constituency has an active Conservative Association which provides the infrastructure to fight election campaigns. However, election campaigns cost money so there is also a dedicated group of people who put on fundraising events throughout their constituencies ranging from local community lunches to high-ticket events with Ministers and Secretaries of State as guest speakers. Some Associations have Patrons Clubs that meet with interesting speakers in exclusive venues.
The Wiltshire Unitary Council was created in 2009 from the County Council and Salisbury, West Wiltshire, North Wiltshire and Kennett district councils.
In 2009, 2013 and 2017 it returned Conservative administrations with Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE as the Leader of the Council.
The Council has full responsibility for all local government in the County but has devolved decision-making on local projects to Area Boards. These comprise Wiltshire Councillors, town and parish councillors plus other stakeholders to ensure that local good causes are supported.
City and Town Councils
Including Salisbury City Council, these town councils act as advisory bodies but also play an important role in many aspects of local life that are taken for granted. For example the administration of parks and promoting tourism.