UKIP narrowly beat Conservatives to take Spilsby Fen

UKIP's Victoria Ayling after taking Lincolnshire County Council's Spilsby Fen ward.
UKIP's Victoria Ayling after taking Lincolnshire County Council's Spilsby Fen ward.

The most contested ward in East Lindsey, Spilsby Fen, moved from Conservative control to UKIP during Thursday’s local elections.

Conservative party defector Victoria Ayling took the seat from long-serving councillor Jim Swanson with just 70 more votes.

Coun Ayling, who narrowly missed out on becoming the MP for Great Grimsby in 2010, has promised to ’fight for a better deal’ for her electorate in her new role at Lincolnshire County Council.

Speaking after her victory in the early hours of Friday morning she said: “I want to thank all who voted for me and put their trust in me to serve as their county councillor.

“I will do my very best to put those residents first and promise to stand up to my election pledge.”

Results:

1: Victoria Ayling, UKIP, (1077).

2: Jim Swanson, Conservative, (1007).

3: Chris Prince, Labour, (258).

4: Julia Pears, independent, (153).

5: Chris Burton, independent, (108).

Turnout: 36 per cent.