Saturday, 1 October 2016

West Lindsey, Cherry Willingham council by election 29th September

West Lindsey, Cherry Willingham - Conservative hold

Party   2016 votes    2016 share   since 2015 "top"since 2015 "average"
Conservative
555
51.1%
+12.2%
+12.5%
Labour
288
26.5%
+0.6%
+1.5%
UKIP
244
22.4%
from nowhere
from nowhere
Lincolnshire Independent 


-35.2%
-36.4%
Total votes
1,087

24%
25%

Swing (if meaningful) Labour to Conservative ~5½% since 2015

Council now 24 Conservative, 7 Liberal Democrat, 3 Labour, 1 Independent, 1 Lincolnshire Independent

review first published here > election-data.co.uk written by @andrewteale 

CHERRY WILLINGHAM

West Lindsey council, Lincolnshire; caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor Alexander Bridgwood who is joining the armed forces.  He had served since 2015.

Staying in the East Midlands we come to a rural ward immediately to the east of Lincoln.  With a population of around 3,600, Cherry Willingham is by far the largest settlement in this ward and its population is growing fast through the recent construction of new estates, which have effectively filled in the space between Cherry Willingham and the neighbouring village of Reepham.
West Lindsey got new ward boundaries in 2015 which effectively merged the former two-member Cherry Willingham ward with most of the deeply rural Fiskerton ward.  The new three-seat ward resulted in no change to the party strengths in the area, with the previous independent councillor for Fiskerton being re-elected for the Lincolnshire Independents group and the Tories holding their two seats from the old Cherry Willingham ward: shares of the vote were 39% for the Tory slate, 35% for the Lincolnshire Independents and 26% for Labour.  The Bardney and Cherry Willingham county seat, which covers almost all of the ward, was also a Tory-Lincolnshire Independent marginal in the 2013 election but was safe Tory before that.
Defending for the Conservatives is Maureen Palmer, who has served in the Women’s Royal Army Corps.  Labour have selected Wendy Beckett – not the nun and art critic but the lead Labour candidate here in the 2015 election.  Interestingly there will still be a Bridgwood on the ballot paper as UKIP have nominated Alexander’s dad Trevor, an Army Cadet instructor, motorcycle enthusiast and British Legion figure.
Parliamentary constituency: Gainsborough
Proposed parliamentary constituency from 2020: Gainsborough
Lincolnshire county council division: Bardney and Cherry Willingham (most); Nettleham and Saxilby (Greetwell parish)
May 2015 result C 1726/1696/1540 Lincs Ind 1561 Lab 1151/997

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