Hello and welcome to those of you joining us on the Lincolnshire Reporter 2017 Lincolnshire County Council election results liveblog. I’m Stefan Pidluznyj and I’ll be bringing all you hardy souls staying up through the night live coverage of all the results as they come in, which I do have to warn you, will almost certainly carry on into the not-so early hours of the morning.
Catch up with the results from the 2017 Lincolnshire County Council election, which was a memorable night for the Conservative Party, and very disappointing for everyone else.
Take a look through our liveblog to see the results as they came in through the night.
How the count works
To kick things off, it would be quite useful for us all to know how the count will work this evening and morning and what to expect when.
The helpful guide below gives you a step-by-step guide summarised far more colourfully and effectively than I could possibly ever do!
The counting process
The counting process will be managed by the district councils, and will take place through the night at the following venues:
- Boston Borough Council – Peter Paine Performance Centre, Rosebery Avenue, Boston
- City of Lincoln Council – The Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln
- East Lindsey District Council – Meridian Leisure Centre, Wood Lane, Louth
- North Kesteven District Council – OneNK Sports Centre, Moor Lane, North Hykeham
- South Holland District Council – Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Camelgate, Spalding
- South Kesteven District Council – The Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, Trent Road, Grantham
- West Lindsey District Council – West Lindsey Leisure Centre, The Avenue, Gainsborough
Each district will announce the results in their area, with the information then displayed on a large screen in the council chamber at County Offices, Newland in Lincoln.
A party needs 36 seats (50% + one) to form an overall majority.
The returning officer is Tony McArdle, chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council.
Where the action will take place
This is our view of the council chamber, where all the results will be taking place. Ok it’s not really our view but our photographer Steve Smailes decided to take this panoramic shot to give you a sense of where the action will be taking place this evening. Hopefully it gets a bit busier!
The count is underway here at the Drill Hall in Lincoln and across the rest of the county. A local scout group has been helping bring the ballot boxes in.
Votes are currently being verified at the Drill Hall. Here we have chief executive of City of Lincoln Council, Angela Andrews (in mid speech clearly in this picture) telling people what stage we are at of the count.
County council on what to expect
Now in case you wanted an even more thorough rundown of what to expect especially in terms of how the night will pan out and when you’ll be able to get some rest, we caught up with Marianne Marshall from Lincolnshire County Council’s communications team.
This is what she had to say:
Current make-up of Lincolnshire County Council
The Conservatives are the largest party on the council with 36 seats, three short of an overall majority which they failed to get at the last election in 2013.
Labour has 12 councillors, UKIP nine and the Lincolnshire Independents seven.
There are four Liberal Democrats and four Independents.
There are three councillors from An Independence from Europe.
One seat is vacant.
Boundary changes and number of voters
Since the 2013 county council election, the boundaries have been redrawn by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
The changes have seen a reduction in the number of councillors from 77 to 70, with each councillor representing a single ward.
The names and shapes of the seats have been altered to compensate for the changes.
Some areas like Lincoln have seen some of the biggest reductions, losing two councillors, going down from 10 to eight.
In total, there are just over 550,000 registered voters in the county.
Interesting results to look out for
With the results expected to start coming in after midnight, here are some of the results you might be especially interested to keep an eye out for.
Council leader Martin Hill is once again aiming to be councillor for the Folkingham Rural ward.
We’ll find out if deputy leader Patricia Bradwell has been re-elected when the result for Woodhall Spa & Wragby comes in.
The councillor in charge of highways, Richard Davies, will have to fight off competition from two Independents and a Labour and Green candidate in Grantham West.
Colin Davie, responsible for economic development, is over on the other side of the county, up against Labour and UKIP in Ingoldmells Rural.
Veteran Labour councillor Robert Parker will found out if he has been re-elected when the result for Lincoln Carholme is announced.
Other interest in Lincoln will be in Hartsholme, to see if UKIP’s Jane Smith can hold onto her seat there, with competition expected to come from both Labour and the Conservatives.
What the candidates have had to say
Lincolnshire Reporter spoke to candidates from the Conservatives, Labour, UKIP, Liberal Democrats, Lincolnshire Independents and Greens last week ahead of the election to hear their thoughts on all the burning issues.
Take a watch of what they had to say:
Martin Hill – Conservatives
Robert Parker – Labour
Victoria Ayling – UKIP
What the candidates have had to say (part 2)
Things should (hopefully) start to get a bit busier over the next couple of hours as results start to come in. More now though from the candidates, starting with Ross Pepper from the Liberal Democrats.
Ross Pepper – Liberal Democrats
Marianne Overton – Lincolnshire Independents
Ben Loryman – Green
First result: Conservatives win Waddington & Hykeham East
Conservatives win Grantham West
Conservatives win Hykeham Forum
Pictures from the Lincoln count
Some familiar faces caught on camera at the Lincoln count.
A very pleased Richard Davies at being re-elected
Really pleased to have been returned to represent Grantham West with 61% of vote
— Richard Davies (@rgdavies) May 4, 2017
Conservatives win Grantham Barrowby
Conservatives win Washingborough
Conservatives win Grantham East
Conservatives win Potterhanworth & Coleby
Conservatives win Boston North
Conservatives win Spalding East
Lincolnshire Independents win Bassingham & Welbourn
Conservatives win Boston Rural
Conservatives win Donington Rural
Conservatives win Grantham North
Conservatives win Spalding South
A good night for the Conservatives so far
Conservatives win Boston Coastal
Conservatives win Holbeach
Conservatives win Metheringham Rural
Conservatives win Lincoln Birchwood
Independent wins Gainsborough Trent
Liberal Democrats win Gainsborough Hill
Conservatives win Louth North
Independent wins Boston South
Conservatives win Spalding Elloe
Independent wins The Suttons
Conservatives win Holbeach Rural
Labour wins Lincoln Boultham
Conservatives win Crowland
Conservatives win Skirbeck
Conservatives win Grantham South
Labour wins Louth South
Conservatives win Gainsborough Rural South
Labour wins Lincoln St Giles
Conservatives and county council leader Martin Hill wins Folkingham Rural
Labour wins Lincoln Carholme
Independent wins Spalding West
Labour wins Lincoln Park
BREAKING: CONSERVATIVES REGAIN OVERALL CONTROL OF LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Conservatives win Boston West
Conservatives win Hough
Conservatives win Lincoln Swallow Beck & Witham
Conservatives win Lincoln Hartsholme
Conservatives win Scotter Rural
Conservatives win Bardney & Cherry Willingham
Conservatives win Sleaford
Conservatives win Lincoln Ermine & Cathedral
Conservatives win Welton Rural
Conservatives win Nettleham & Saxilby
Conservatives win Sleaford Rural
Conservatives win Market Rasen Wolds
Conservatives win North Wolds
Conservatives win Ruskington
Conservatives win Saltfleet & The Coates
Conservatives win Heckington
Conservatives win Horncastle & The Keals
Conservatives win Skegness North
Conservatives win Woodhall Spa & Wragby
Conservatives win Bourne North & Morton
Labour wins Mablethorpe
Conservatives win Ingoldmells Rural
Conservatives win Colsterworth Rural
Conservatives win Wainfleet
Conservatives win Deepings West & Rural
Conservatives win Tattershall Castle
Conservatives win Bourne South & Thurlby
Conservatives win Louth Wolds
Conservatives win Stamford East
Conservatives win Deepings East
Conservatives win Stamford West
Conservatives win Skegness South
- Conservative – 58
- Labour – 6
- Independents – 4
- Liberal Democrats – 1
- Lincolnshire Independents – 1
- UKIP 0
Council leader Martin Hill on Conservatives’ victory
An understandably delighted Martin Hill has given his reaction to the Conservatives’ thumping success in the Lincolnshire County Council election.
Well that just about rounds things off here inside the council chamber. Thank you for joining us tonight and this morning. Keep an eye out on Lincolnshire Reporter and The Lincolnite later this morning for some reactions and more snazzy graphics illustrating the results if you can’t get to sleep.
And in case you have forgotten, you’ll be able to join us again on Lincolnshire Reporter on June 8, when we will be providing you with live coverage of the results from the 11 Greater Lincolnshire constituencies for the general election.