voting at local elections makes a bigger difference than you think
voting at local elections makes a bigger difference than you think

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

There’s no getting away from the fact that the 2021 local election results were a great disappointment, not winning a single seat up for grabs and losing to the Tories in such traditional Labour strongholds as South and Heneage. If the same thing had been repeated this year, we’d have been down to just 4 councillors. But in the end, we more than doubled that number, ending up with 8.

I was honoured to be re-elected in South, with more votes than I obtained back in 2018. Kath beat off a sterling challenge from a former Independent Mayor in West Marsh, while Sophia won the Sydney Sussex seat that Gaynor lost a year ago. And Kevin’s reward for running the Tories close in the Park ward by-election was to become the new Labour councillor for Heneage.

Elsewhere Labour polled over 1000 votes in Scartho, the best we’ve done there for ages, and reduced the Tory majority in Yarborough to double figures, despite it not being a target seat.

So yes, we’d loved to have done better. But we’ve made a start in the long road back to power, and the Conservatives know that they need to be on their guard as the Town hall meeting cycle re-commences.

In the meantime, thanks to all those who helped us during the campaign – with the worst of Covid now behind us we hope to be out and about soon at a door near you. Support in this regard is always most welcome!

Tim Mickleburgh.

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