Conservatives gain North Hykeham ward in by-election

The Conservative Party has extended its control of North Kesteven District Council after gaining the Mill Ward in North Hykeham in a by-election on July 30.

The by-election was called after the resignation of Councillor Jill Wilson from the Lincolnshire Independents due to ill health.

The seat was won by Conservative candidate Mike Clarke, with 286 votes, well ahead of Hykeham Independent John Bishop who was seeking a return to the council.

The new councillor, a retired shopping centre manager, lives in Nocton and is no stranger to the role of a district councillor, having represented an area of Carlisle from 2008, while living in Cumbria.

Clarke gained revenge after narrowly missing out on becoming councillor for the ward 12 weeks ago by just eight votes.

He said: “As I have been going around I have been listening to what residents have been saying to me and I will be keen to take up some of those concerns and issues on their behalf; particularly relating to traffic congestion and local amenities.

“I hope to be their voice and put their case forward to be of assistance and achieve improvements.”

The Conservatives now control 29 of the 43 seats on the council.

Turnout for the election was just 19.1%, with 714 votes cast out of 3,742 people eligible to vote.

The full results were:

  • Mike Clarke – Conservative Party – 286
  • John Bishop – Hykeham Independents – 180
  • Terence Dooley – Labour Party – 161
  • Elizabeth Bathory Porter – Green Party – 64
  • Diana Catton – Liberal Democrats – 22