Interesting results to look out for
Labour will be looking to hold the nine seats it is defending this year. However, the party will also be aiming to make a gain in the Hartsholme ward, currently held by Conservative Councillor Andrew Kerry, the former Mayor of Lincoln.
A Labour candidate finished just 20 votes behind Councillor Kerry at the 2016 election.
The Conservatives will be aiming to defend the Hartsholme seat, while making gains in Birchwood where they were just three votes off Labour Councillor Paul Gowen two years ago, and in Witham, a ward where they already have two councillors and county councillor Hilton Spratt will be hoping to make it a clean sweep.
Both main parties will be targeting the Minster ward currently held by Independent Councillor Liz Maxwell.
Councillor Maxwell was elected as a Labour candidate in the 2016 city council election, but quit the party just six months later because of what she described as “unresolvable personal issues and disagreements with influential individuals within the Lincoln Constituency Labour Party”.
Both Labour and Conservative candidates were within 100 votes of Councillor Maxwell at the last election.
For parties such as the Liberal Democrats, Greens and UKIP, any candidate elected to City Hall would be seen as a successful evening, and would come as a surprise to most observers.