ELECTION RESULTS: Full results from Market Rasen, Caistor and Welton area

Our region remained true blue at last Thursday’s Lincolnshire County Council election as all sitting Conservatives held on to their seats.

Life was pretty simple for Lewis Strange in Ancholme Cliff, Tony Turner in North Wolds and Sue Rawlins in Welton Rural. They all won their seat by several hundred votes.

It was a very close run race in Market Rasen though as Burt Keimach retained his seat for a second term by just 39 votes. UKIP’s Michael Ranby, from Osgodby, gained 534 votes to Coun Keimach’s 573 and Mr Ranby admitted that had he canvassed more he probably could have won the seat.

Coun Keimach saw his majority cut by 19.1 per cent and it was a bad night for the Liberal Democrats too. Market Rasen ward candidate Guy Grainger came third with 355 votes, a drop of 29.6 per cent on four years ago.

Labour’s Lynne Goodhall, the only candidate not to attend the count at Market Rasen’s Festival Hall on Thursday night, came fourth with 199 votes and Independent candidate Geoff Wiseman came fifth with 149.

The Liberal Democrats also lost ground in our other local wards, a drop of 25.9 per cent in North Wolds and 21.9 per cent in Ancholme Cliff, being pushed into third position time and again by UKIP.

Turnout was pretty poor across the county, just 28 per cent in Market Rasen Wolds and North Wolds and 32 per cent in Ancholme Cliff and Welton Rural.

Results in full:

Market Rasen Wolds:

Burt Keimach (Con) 573

Michael Ranby (UKIP) 534

Guy Grainger (Lib Dem) 355

Lynne Goodall (Lab) 199

Geoff Wiseman (Ind) 149

Ancholme Cliff:

Lewis Strange (Con) 1142

Nigel Wright (UKIP) 582

Carole Skye (Lib Dem) 180

Thorton Morre (Lab) 174

North Wolds:

Tony Turner (Con) 1053

Jane Ranby (UKIP) 504

Janet Tierney (Lab) 279

Robert Heathorn (Lib Dem) 100

Welton Rural:

Sue Rawlins (Con) 1081

Diana Rodger (Independent) 720

Steven Pearson (UKIP) 662

Brian Gulliver (Labour) 348