Labour Party wiped off Boston's political map
THE Labour Party has been wiped off Boston's political map after losing all three of its seats in Thursday's Lincolnshire County Council elections.
Big winners were the Conservatives who increased their number of seats from two to five while the Boston Bypass Independents Party (BBIP) took one seat and independent candidate Michael Brookes was elected in Boston Rural ward by just two votes.
There was further success for the Tories in two Boston Borough Council by-elections as they held on to seats in Pilgrim and Kirton wards.
Coun Peter Bedford, who leads the Conservative group on Boston Borough Council and also retained his Coastal ward seat on the county council, told the Target the results were "magnificent."
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He said: "We are very pleased that the people of Boston have turned to the Conservatives in such numbers.
"It was a very difficult election to call throughout the campaign and all the way up to the count.
"National matters definitely contributed to the result but the Conservatives record locally was also a big factor.
"Personally I'm delighted that the people of Coastal division re-elected me and I'm now looking forward to doing my best for them in the next four years."
Boston Labour Party spokesman Paul Kenny blamed the national political situation for his party's dismal performance.
He said: "We are disappointed. I feel many of us could have done a good job at the county council but it wasn't to be.
"What has gone on in London has obviously played a big part when people have gone to the ballot box. It was not a good night for Labour in Boston but we will be back."
Before the election there had been speculation that the British National Party (BNP) could make gains in Boston.
However, none of the party's three candidates managed to take a seat although Colin Westcott did come second in Boston North West.
Party spokesman David Owens, who represents Fenside on Boston Borough Council, said: "It would have been nice to have won a seat but overall we ran a fair campaign, got our message across and received a good share of the vote."
It was mixed night of results for the BBIP with party leader Richard Austin losing his Boston South seat to the Tories but Ray Newell taking Boston West from long serving Labour councillor Paul Goodale.
Coun Newell said: "I am grateful to the voters of Boston West for giving me the opportunity to represent them at the county council. It's an honour.
"I will take every opportunity to hold the Conservatives to account for why Boston doesn't have a bypass."
Looking at the wider BBIP performance Coun Newell claimed the party would have fared better had it not been for the national political situation.
He said: "Clearly national concerns were on many people's minds. Nationally the Conservatives are in the ascendency and the results showed that.
"Had more people voted on Boston issues I'm sure we would have taken more seats."
Lincolnshire County Council Results
Boston East Turnout: 28%
Mike Gilbert (Cons) 674
Paul Kenny (Lab) 426
Gerry Clare (BBIP) 406
Mike Sheridan-Shinn (Lib Dem) 277
Boston Coastal Turnout: 36%
Peter Bedford (Cons) 1,142
Felicity Ransome (UKIP) 523
Anthony Turner (BNP) 208
Beth Gall (Lab) 202
Boston Fishtoft Turnout: 37%
Raymond Singelton-McGuire (Cons) 1,435
Ossy Snell (Lib Dem) 1,106
Mick Gall (Lab)277
Boston Rural Turnout: 35%
Michael Brookes (Ind) 1,096
James Winder (Cons) 1,094
Jodie Sutton (UKIP) 694
Liz Leonard (Lab) 251
Boston South Turnout: 34%
Paul Skinner (Cons) 772
Richard Austin (BBIP) 721
Sue Ransome (UKIP) 461
Norman Hart (Lab) 151
Boston North West Turnout: 27%
Andrea Jenkyns (Cons) 463
Colin Westcott (BNP) 374
Alison Austin (BBIP) 283
Richard Leggott (Ind) 279
Pam Kenny (Lab) 205
Paul Appleby (Lib Dem) 130
Andrew Bakewell (Ind) 82
Boston West Turnout: 34%
Ray Newell (BBIP) 525
Paul Mould (Cons) 514
Elizabeth Ransome (UKIP) 353
Paul Goodale (Lab) 297
David Owens (BNP) 233
Boston Borough Council by-elections
Pilgrim Ward Turnout: 27.4%
Myles Larrington (Cons) 110
Paul Kenny (Lab) 76
Felicity Ransome (UKIP) 59
Trevor Page (BBIP) 53
Mike Sheridan-Shinn (Lib Dem) 42
Kirton Ward Turnout: 31.7%
Colin Brotherton (Cons) 490
Carl Smith (BBIP) 243
Sue Ransome (UKIP) 230
Frank Martin (Ind) 122
Elizabeth Leonard (Lab) 75