Conservatives win majority in county elections as Grantham candidates retain seats
The Conservatives on Lincolnshire County Council have retained overall control after gaining 54 seats.
Labour have four seats, Independents five seats, Liberal Democrats three seats, South Holland Independents three seats and Lincolnshire Independents one seat.
Conservatives in Grantham have retained their seats. Ray Wootten (Grantham North), Linda Wootten (Grantham East), Richard Davies (Grantham West) and Adam Stokes (Grantham South) all kept their seats. Mark Whittington (Grantham Barrowby) also retained his seat.
However the Conservatives have lost four seats and Labour two. South Holland Independents gained three seats and the Liberal Democrats gained two. Independents gained one.
Across the county, 179,165 votes were cast, representing a turnout of 31% of 569,480 registered electors.
Votes were shared across the parties as follows:
- Conservative: 98,570
- Labour: 31,240
- Independent candidates: 18,370
- Lincolnshire Independents: 5,439
- Liberal Democrats: 9,104
- South Holland Independents: 4,937
- Green: 3,942
- Skegness Urban District Society: 2,383
- For the People not the Party: 558
- Other: 3,308
- Spoilt ballots: 1,314
- 43 councillors are returning, and 27 councillors are new.
The first result – Stamford East – came in at 10.08am. The last result – Tattershall Castle – came in at 3.45pm.
View the full results, including detailed figures and swing for each division, at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/elections.
Councillor Martin Hill, the leader of the Conservative group and of Lincolnshire County Council, said: "I'm very pleased with the result, which nearly matches the excellent result we had four years ago. We have an ambitious manifesto for the future. It's all about continuing to provide good services, keeping council tax low, and an ambitious building programme for the future – not just new roads and bypasses, also new schools, better broadband across the county, and many other initiatives which we want to bring forward.
"We're going to continue to ask for more powers from government and also for more money for things like road maintenance, which was probably the most dominant theme of this election. We've always prioritised road maintenance but I think we need more help from government to continue the good work.
"We'll do our very best for you over the next four years."