2023 has been a tumultuous year in local politics in Lincolnshire: Conservatives have taken a beating, independent councillors have risen up, and the Liberal Democrats have made some serious strides.

Not only that, but we’ve lost several local titans of politics, paving the way for the next generation of councillors to make their way into seats of power or opposition. And 2024 shows no signs of slowing down, with at least three local elections across Greater Lincolnshire, the fight for control of Lincolnshire Police funding, and a potential General Election on the horizon in 2024.

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The Liberal Democrat Party has won a seat from the Conservatives in North Kesteven following a by-election victory.

Adrian Whittle will be the first Liberal Democrat on the council in about 20 years. His father, Geoffrey Whittle, was a Conservative district councillor for 11 years. The Billinghay Rural election took place on Thursday night, following the death of District Councillor Gill Ogden.

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As people prepare to go out more in the run up to Christmas, a Lincoln woman who created the globally renowned Ask For Angela not-for-profit scheme is proud to have made the county, and the world, a safer place.

The scheme, launched by Hayley Crawford (pictured above) in 2016, aims to ensure that anyone who is feeling vulnerable or unsafe is able to get the support they need. This could be on a night out, a date, meeting friends and other situations, and it is available to everyone of all genders to help them feel safer.

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