Local Conservatives have welcomed victory in a local by-election. The Conservative Party Candidate Jane Ellis secured the vacant seat in a by-election contest for the TorkseyWard of West Lindsey District Council for the Party.
The contest followed the resignation of former Conservative district councillor Stuart Kinch.
An efficient count was undertaken at The Guildhall, Gainsborough and it soon became clear that Jane had secured a win for the Conservatives. She said:
“I want to thank the Returning Officer, the polling station staff and all those that kept the polling stations open throughout this election.
“I am very grateful to everyone who has supported me with a special mention to my Agent, Giles McNeill who both worked tirelessly to make this win happen. It would not have been possible without the dozens of local volunteers who came out campaigning.
“I wish to thank everyone who has participated in today's election and wish my opponents well. I will work hard for everyone across the Torksey Ward in my new role as district councillor and I hope we can all come together to build a bright future for everyone in the Torksey ward and West Lindsey.”
Conservative Party Agent and Leader of the District Council, Cllr. Giles McNeill added:
“I am enourmously pleased to welcome Jayne to my administration. After eleven years in power at the council, nine years in government, all the time protecting delivery of frontline local services, as funding from central government has disappeared to still be holding seats in tight contests like this, especially with the malestrom of Brexit, is a real achievement.”
The result of the Torksey Ward of West Lindsey District Council contest was:
- Jane Ellis, Conservative 378 (35.66%) Elected
- Noel Mullally, Liberal Democrat 346 (32.64%)
- Nicholas Pearson, Brexit Party 299 (28.21%)
- Perry Smith, Labour 37 (3.49%)
Turnout 43.46% | Electorate 2,448