The leader of the council was made to wait into the early hours but eventually discovered he’s retained his seat fairly comfortably, despite being pushed hard by Jan Hansen.
However, it was not all smiles for the leader as he watched a number of colleagues, not least his deputy Eddy Poll, lose their seats.
When asked about the loss of Coun Poll, Coun Hill said: “I’m very disappointed. Obviously UKIP have got a strong surge. Eddy was a very good councillor and this will be a very big loss to Lincolnshire County Council.”
Following his own win, Coun Hill said: “There are some difficult times ahead. We will need a secure council to deliver the savings which will be required and the challenges that now face us.
“It will be difficult and we will need a stable council.”
Hill (CON) 1,432
Hansen (L/IND) 1,020
Morgan (LAB) 290
Withnall (L/DEM) 146