Ingoldmells Rural remains Conservative amid a sea of change

Colin Davie enjoyed one of the few increases in Conservative votes at last night's county council elections.
Colin Davie enjoyed one of the few increases in Conservative votes at last night's county council elections.
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On a bad night for the Conservative Party, Ingoldmells Rural’s ward-holder managed to not only retain his seat but also gain on the opposing parties.

Coun Colin Davie took more than half of the votes in last night’s Lincolnshire County Council election count, in one of the few wards to be uncontested by UKIP.

The Conservative councillor has thanked his voters but warned of difficult times to come amid the radically altered new political make-up.

“To increase my margin on a night like this, is absolutely incredible,” he said.

“I want to say a huge thank you to the people of the Ingoldmells Rural Ward for putting their trust in me - I will never ever let them down.

“In terms of the overall result - national politics has had an undue influence on the local election - it will now be up to those councillors to try and figure out a way forward for the people of Lincolnshire.

“It was the voters’ decision, let us pray they don’t live to regret it.”

Coun Davie fears some very hard working councillors such as Mark Smith and the outgoing deputy chairman Eddy Poll have been lost due to misguided voting practices and will be very hard to replace.

“Too many people who have very worked hard for the people of Lincolnshire have paid the price for the failure of our national government,” he said.

Results:

1: Colin Davie, Conservative, (1364).

2: Graham Archer, Labour, (779).

3: Giles Crust, independent, (459).

Turnout: 35 per cent.