THE RULING Conservatives in West Lindsey have strengthened their grip on the council following last week’s local elections.
The Labour Party also secured their very first seats in the area in eight years, taking several seats from the Liberal Democrats.
Previously, the Tories had held a ruling majority of 21 of the 37 seats, with the Liberal Democrats in control of 14 and independent candidates had two.
But on the polling day of Thursday 5th May 2011, Labour candidate Richy Doran was elected in Gainsborough East whilst fellow party member Nigel Bowler took one of three seats in Gainsborough North.
Overall in West Lindsey, the Conservatives retain overall control of the council with 21 seats while the Liberal Democrats retained 11 seats, Independents gained with three seats and Labour gained two seats.
Labour candidate Coun Doran blamed the poor popularity of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg for the Lib Dems poor result.
“It’s very good to be the first Labour Party winning candidate since 2003,” he said. “I put it down to Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems – voters have lost a lot of faith in the party.”
Coun Doran added: “There are plenty of issues such as parking, parks and helping children. I am not knocking the past councillors. They have done what they can with the resources available and hopefully we will find out what those resources are, now.”
Council leader Burt Keimach said he was overwhelmed by the Conservatives’ ‘excellent results.’
“I feel like the voters have expressed their confidence in the way that we’re doing things and we plan to expand on that confidence by delivering yet more great value for money for the projects that they say they want,” he said.
“We are in great shape. We only had one loss in Fiskerton but we had a gain in Scampton so I’m delighted.”
He continued: “We’ve had quite a tough year with cuts and the audit, but we have overcome that and I think the public see that.”
“We bring stability to the district so that investors have the confidence to come here.”
Coun Keimach added: “We welcome the other parties and hope we can work togther to improve things.”