Local Conservatives have celebrated success in two local by elections. Conservatives Giles McNeill and Jackie Brockway secured victory in contests for the Nettleham Ward of West Lindsey District Council and the Nettleham and Saxilby Division of Lincolnshire County Council.
The contests were called following the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Ray Sellars who was both a district and county councillor. The seats have not been in Conservative hands for three decades, since the early 1980s. In a night of drama, which saw huge swings from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives victory was secured in the landslide results. Giles McNeill said:
"I am very pleased to have had the support of so many people. But this victory has been a team effort. So many people have helped me to win and they are the real champions tonight. I am so grateful.
"The slump in support for the Liberal Democrats is more than 20 percentage points in my contest for the District and more than 35 percentage points in the County election, I'm told. For them it is a disaster.
"I look forward to serving all the peoples Nettleham, Greetwell, Riseholme and Grange-de-Lings."
The result of the Nettleham and Saxilby Division of Lincolnshire County Council was contest was:
Jackie Brockway, Conservative, 1,026 Richard Copeland, Labour, 257 Elliott Fountain, English Democrat, 21 Charles Shaw, Liberal Democrat, 600 Howard Thompson, U K Independence Party, 266 David Watson, Lincolnshire Independent, 196
Turnout: 27.98%| Swing: 22.2% from the Liberal Democrats to Conservatives
The result of the Nettleham Ward of West Lindsey District Council contest was:
Guy Grainger, Liberal Democrat, 513 Giles McNeill, Conservative, 565 Howard Thompson, U K Independence Party, 177
Turnout: 31.63% | Swing: 15.3% from the Liberal Democrats to Conservatives