‘Father of the house’ and district councillor for 44 years Jeff Thompson will be missed
This year’s SKDC elections saw a number of experienced councillors lose seats, including longest serving councillor Jeff Thompson.
The Independent councillor’s 1167 votes in the newly created Peascliffe and Ridgeway ward, put him behind Conservatives Rosemary Kaberry-Brown and Ian Stokes, who received 1390 and 1277 votes respectively and secured the two seats.
A founder member of SKDC, Mr Thompson, 72, has been a district councillor for 44 years, originally at West Kesteven Rural Council.
In the run-up to the election he criticised changes by the Boundary Commission, which he said would reduce the efficiency of local government, after seeing his ward of Peascliffe increase in size to also include Ancaster, Sudbrook, Normanton, Honington, Carlton Scroop, Barkston, Syston, Belton and Manthorpe.
After Friday’s result Mr Thompson said: “I have lost and the Boundary Commission has won. They have come in and made a hash of it.”
He added: “Clearly there is a big Conservative vote as we have seen in the general election, which I’m not anti.”
As the longest serving councillor Jeff was known by many councillors affectionately as ‘father of the house’. Conservative Coun Frances Cartwright, who won in the Morton ward, added: “He’ll be missed - we love him to bits.”
Mayor Ian Selby said: “I’m disappointed for Jeff Thompson. He is a thoroughly decent man and has been a stalwart in the Grantham area for many years.”