Former Tory leader fears for future of council

Councillors have voted in a new Conservative leader at West Lindsey District Council leaving the former Tory boss “fearful for the future”.

Market Rasen ward councillor Burt Keimach has spoken out against his party’s decision to replace him with Waddingham and Spital councillor Jeff Summers.

Coun Keimach, who is 70 in August, says he is “mystified” and has announced he will stand down at the next election in 2015.

Coun Keimach, who has been leader for the past three years, said: “I will not be standing at the next election.

“I am despondent with members of the group and the way they’ve been working with the opposition.

“I’m quite fearful for what they might do in the future.

“The Conservatives at WLDC have to face election in 2015, if they don’t get it right there could be serious inroads.

“They could lose control before that.

“If you’re going on the right course, why change.

“We did everything right, we held the taxes and provided the services people want.

“I stand by three years of good achievement.

“I’m grateful for the support I’ve had and I’ll continue working for Market Rasen over the next two years.

“I’ll be a very zealous backbencher, watching like a hawk.”

Coun Keimach said he would concentrate on his “expanding” role as a Lincolnshire county councillor.

The Conservative party voted for Coun Summers to replace Coun Keimach as their leader at their annual meeting on May 9.

Coun Summers was elected the leader of the council at a full WLDC meeting in Gainsborough on May 20.

At the time of going to press, Coun Summers was not available to comment on his new appointment.