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Conservative candidate wins by-election for South Kesteven District Council's Bourne East ward

A Conservative Party candidate has won a by-election with more than double the number of votes of the second-placed candidate.

Julia Reid, who lives in Bourne and who has been a town councillor for three years, will represent people in the Bourne East ward on South Kesteven District Council.

She received 310 votes in a by-election held yesterday (Thursday, November 10).

Julia Reid has been voted into the Bourne East ward of South Kesteven District Council
Julia Reid has been voted into the Bourne East ward of South Kesteven District Council

One-fifth of the 3,523 people eligible to vote in the by-election did so.

The full results were:

  • Rhys Baker (Green Party) - 50 votes
  • John Ireland (Lib Dem) - 78 votes
  • Brenda Johnson (Ind) - 120 votes
  • Alex Molyneux (Labour Party) - 154 votes
  • Julia Reid (Conservative Party) - 310 votes

With this result, plus Conservative success in a by-election for Grantham St Wulfram's ward also held yesterday, and the resignation of Independent Jan Hansen from Toller ward, the political make-up of South Kesteven District Council is now as follows:

  • 39 Conservatives
  • 7 Independents
  • 3 Alliance SK
  • 2 Independents (unaligned)
  • 2 Labour and Co-operative (unaligned)
  • 2 Liberal Democrats (aligned with Independent group)

In the past 20 years there have been four leaders of the district council - Linda Neal, Bob Adams, Matthew Lee and the current leader, Kelham Cooke. All have been Conservative and the Conservatives have controlled the council since 2003.

There will be a by-election for Toller ward, which covers Folkingham, Billingborough and Horbling, on December 15.

The full council reaches the end of its four-year term next year, when an election is due.

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