Elections

Elections to replace a much-loved councillor and one who caused controversy when he compared the Canadian Prime Minister to Hitler, are set to take place at the end of February.

South Kesteven District Council is calling for nominations for Councillor Bob Adams’ former ward of Isaac Newton and Councillor Dr Peter Moseley’s ward of Aveland from Friday.

The elections, along with a further vote to fill Councillor Adams’ Lincolnshire County Council Ward of Colsterworth Rural, will take place on February 24.

Conservative Councillor Bob Adams passed away in November at the age of 81 following a short period in hospital.

He had represented the Isaac Newton Ward since May 2007 and served as chairman of the council in 2009/10. He was leader of the council from March 2015 to May 2017.

He had served as a member of Lincolnshire County Council since 2013.

Bob Adams, the former leader and chairman of South Kesteven District Council, died peacefully at his home on November 15, 2021. | Photo: SKDC

Councillor Breda-Rae Griffin, chairman of South Kesteven District Council, said at the time: “Bob was one of the most experienced members of the council – his measured and reasoned opinions will be very much missed.

“He was a true gentleman who was always willing to help and for whom nothing was too much trouble.”

Councillor Dr Peter Moseley resigned from his role last week after accusing Canadian PM Justin Trudeau of “going all Hitler” after introducing vaccine mandates.

He was also suspended from the Conservative party after retweeting a deeply offensive mock post about British citizenship application, with just one question on the picture being “do you like bacon?”

People of Muslim and Jewish faith do not eat pork, prompting many to suggest that the tweet was a direct character assassination of British Muslims and Jewish people.

South Kesteven District Councillor Dr Peter Moseley. | Image: SKDC

In a statement, the former BNP member, said: “I make no apology for my comments. I have received literally hundreds of emails of support from around the world.

“The offended councillors have made the issue much bigger than it needs be for their own political reasons.

“I have Canadian friends who are in desperate conditions at the moment at the hands of a government that should be progressive, but is proving otherwise, and it is evident that I am unable to speak out freely and strongly to what I see, hear and experience while remaining a councillor.”

Prospective candidates have until 4pm on Friday, January 28 to apply.

Nomination papers must be signed by a proposer and seconder who need to be local government electors for the relevant ward or division.

SKDC Chief Executive and Returning Officer for the district, Karen Bradford, said: “Councillors make a real difference to their communities and these elections will give people the chance to put themselves forward to help decide local issues.”

Nomination papers and information packs are available online, by calling 01476 406080 or emailing [email protected]

Voters need to be registered to vote by the end of Tuesday. February 8.

Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and register.

The Conservatives have lost their grip on the Nettleham seat at West Lindsey District Council to the Liberal Democrats.

Voters took to the polling stations today (Thursday) to vote in a replacement for the disgraced former West Lindsey District Council leader.

The result was:

  • Ben Loryman, Green Party – 71 votes (6%)
  • Jess McGuire, Labour Party – 116 votes (10%)
  • Jaime Oliver, Liberal Democrat – 585 votes (51%)
  • Maureen Palmer, Conservative- 374 votes (33%)

A total of 1,150 votes from a potential 3,594 were cast and the turnout was 32% – down from 38% in the last elections in 2019.

Following the results announcement, Jaime said: “I’m feeling ecstatic and overwhelmed by the community supporting me.

“I hope I can do them justice and drive my passions for the community forward.”

The result leaves the make-up of the council as West Lindsey Administration Group 20 (17 Conservative, 2 Gainsborough Independents, 1 Independent), Liberal Democrat 13, Lincolnshire Independent 2, and Independent 1.

Trevor Young, the leader of the party, said: “What a great evening for us and quite deservedly we’ve got a fantastic candidate here locally in what Nettleham and this sets us up perfectly for 2023 elections when we think the Liberal Democrats will take control of West Lindsey District Council.”

Nettleham ward candidates, from left, Maureen Palmer (Conservative), Ben Loryman (Green), Jaime Oliver (Liberal Democrat) and Jess McGuire (Labour).

The seat was previously held by Giles McNeill, who received 635 votes (27%) in the 2019 election. A further seat went to Angela White with 632 votes.

During that election there were 2,353 votes cast. The other two candidates received 25% and 22% of the vote.

Former West Lindsey District Council Leader Giles McNeill was sentenced in November and jailed for 14 months.

Mr McNeill was jailed for 14 months in November after admitting eight theft, fraud and forgery charges totalling £31,201.04 from his own party over a six year period.

Mr McNeill resigned as leader of the council in September 2020, prior to the allegations coming to light, and was later removed from his chosen party, but sat as an independent in the ward until a month prior to his sentencing.

Voters in Nettleham will be heading to the polling stations today (Thursday) to replace the disgraced former West Lindsey District Council leader.

The seat was previously held by disgraced Councillor Giles McNeill, who was jailed for 14 months after admitting eight theft, fraud and forgery charges totalling £31,201.04 from his own party over a six year period.

Mr McNeill resigned as leader of the council in September 2020, prior to the allegations coming to light, and was later removed from his chosen party, but sat as an independent in the ward until a month prior to his sentencing.

The candidates for his seat are:

  • Ben Loryman, Green Party
  • Jess McGuire, Labour Party
  • Jaime Oliver, Liberal Democrat
  • Maureen Palmer, Conservative

Former West Lindsey District Council Leader Giles McNeill.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm. The count will start around 10.30pm.

Residents can make their vote at:

  • Nettleham Village Hall, Brookfield Avenue, Nettleham
  • The Old School, Mill Hill, Nettleham

Ben Loryman has previously said he wanted WLDC to declare a climate emergency, introduce a policy for planting more trees, and provide the best possible support for people to save hundreds on their energy bills by insulating their homes.

Jess’ candidate leaflet called for new homes in the village to be “affordable for all” and calls for better social care support for elderly residents. She wants increased investment in community events and streetlights to be switched back on.

Jaime’s main focuses are on better bus services, controlling speeding traffic, ensuring vulnerable people are not isolated, improving access to healthcare and encouraging respectful parking. Her leaflet focused on opposing changes to the planning process and action on climate and the environment.

The Conservatives have previously said they are “looking forward positively and working to overcome” the damage Mr McNeill caused. They said Maureen had a passion for children’s education, welfare and development along with the environment, maintaining and improving the area. She wanted to protect communities from unsuitable development.

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