Local Elections

By Local Democracy Reporter

The candidates have been announced for the by-election to fill a vacant Sleaford seat at the district council.

It comes after Conservative Michael Kent resigned as North Kesteven District councillor for the Sleaford Quarrington and Mareham ward.

The election will be held on Thursday, May 26.

Labour, Conservative and Lincolnshire Independents will all be competing for the seat.

The candidates have been announced as:

  • Paul Andrew Edwards-Shea (Labour Party)
  • Bob Oldershaw (Lincolnshire Independents – Sleaford)
  • Mark Anthony Smith (Conservative Party)

Polls will be open between 7am and 10pm.

The deadline for residents to ensure they are on the electoral register is midnight on Tuesday, May 10. Register online or call the council on 01529 414155.

People who are already registered at their current address will not need to do anything.

Residents have until 5pm on Wednesday, May 18 to appoint someone to vote as a proxy on their behalf.

Currently 30 of the 43 members of North Kesteven District Council belong to the NK Administration Group, 10 stand for the NK Independents Group, and two are unaligned.

Tackling the threat of climate change locally, reducing inequality, and promoting inclusive economic growth are among the big promises of the Labour party in this year’s local elections.

Voters in Lincoln will head to the polls on May 5 to pick their choice in the local elections where a third of seats are up for grabs – one in each ward and a total of 11.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service asked the leaders of each of the main parties a series of questions and gave them a chance to have their say.

For an analysis of the key battlegrounds, including where Conservatives will be looking to make strong advances or where Labour will be keen to defend, visit here.

A full list of candidates, along with those in North East Lincolnshire, can be found here.

For the latest election coverage visit here.

Here’s what the leader of the Labour party in Lincoln Councillor Ric Metcalfe had to say:

What is your party hoping to achieve?

Our priorities are to tackle locally the threat of climate change, to reduce inequality, to promote inclusive economic growth, build more affordable homes and through a wide range of place making measures, improve the quality of life for everyone in Lincoln.

What calibre of candidates do you have?

This year Labour are fielding 11 strong candidates for the 11 seats being contested.

These include a mixture of experienced existing councillors standing again, such as Councillors Pat Vaughan for Glebe, Loraine Wooley for Castle Ward, Bill Bilton for Abbey Ward, Adrianna McNulty for Moorland Ward and Gary Hewson in Boultham Ward .

There are also a younger new generation of Labour hopefuls standing for the first time, for example Emily Wood  in Carholme, Calvin Bissitt in Witham Ward, Sean Burke in Birchwood and Callum Roper in Hartsholme.

A big issue right now is the cost of living crisis, what will you do to address this?

Without doubt, the electorate’s main concern is about the impact of the cost of living crisis as gas and electricity and other prices continue to spiral.

Labour nationally has been calling for urgent government action to protect people from the worst effects of these price increases.

Labour has long believed that more people in the City should share in the benefits of how the city has been growing and that inequalities in income and opportunity need to be actively addressed.

The council has a long standing programme to bring more and better paid jobs to the city and a new project is planned to increase opportunities for people who find it difficult to break into the job market.

The council also has a very important income support role when people are without income from employment.

Whilst people are out of the job market our welfare advice and support team enable people to navigate their way through the complicated benefits system. 

The council has continued its council tax support scheme and actively promotes the support available through discretionary payments to help with rent costs.

The council supports the Citizens Advice Bureau who is actively supporting people with mounting debts due to the energy and cost of living crisis faced by many households in the city.

It’s not just residents facing financial strain, councils are too. How will you address the funding situation?

Under Labour control, the council has demonstrated its resilience in withstanding a very challenging period and the council’s finances are in good shape.

Significant efficiency savings have been delivered without severe impact on services and the council now has some capacity make some new investments to benefit the city

There’s a lack of faith in politicians lately, particularly when looking at the national picture, how will you build that trust with your communities?

Labour has always sought to be judged by what it does rather than by what it says.

Under Labour control a whole range of projects which were promised has been delivered.

We have delivered the 500 new homes to rent we promised, built a new central car park, a new bus station, a new city square at the Cornhill,made  significant improvements to our Park and open spaces and much more.

We are now embarking on a major refurbishment of the Lincoln central market

We think the best way of inspiring trust is to do what you say you are going to do, be honest and open, involve communities whenever you can in the decisions that affect them

What do the people on the doorstep care about?

Many people are very angry about the parties that are revealed to have taken place at 10 Downing Street during lockdown and Boris Johnson’s dishonest attempts to pretend these never took place.

This is felt most strongly by people who were unable to see sick and dying relatives during lockdown because they obeyed the rules set by Boris Johnson.

Finally, tell us in 10 words why readers should vote for you?

We will engage with what matters most and deliver what we promise

By Local Democracy Reporter

It’s election season once again in Lincoln.

Candidates are knocking on doors, distributing leaflets and preparing their speeches in the hopes of getting your vote.

Voting will take place on Thursday, May 5, with one seat up for grabs in each on the city’s 11 wards.

The Local Democracy Service has taken a look at some of the more interesting races which look set to be competitive or have notable outcomes.

Labour currently hold a commanding lead on the city council, with 22 of the 33 seats.

However the Conservatives saw a significant increase of the vote share last year, and will be hoping to turn that into more seats this time around.

Candidates from the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Trade Union and Socialist Coalition will also be looking to capitalise on dissatisfaction with the larger parties.

Here are some of the races to keep your eye on during Election Night.


Glebe ward was the tightest race in last year’s elections, with just 28 votes separating first and second place.

Council leader Ric Metcalfe successfully defended the seat for Labour in that race.

In 2022, there’s a four-person race for the seat.

Current Labour councillor Patrick Vaughan is standing against Tjeerd Carter-Tijmstra (Green), Jeanette Pavey (Conservative)  and Aiden Wells (Liberal Democract). It remains to see whether the margin will be as close as previous races.

Council elections will be fought in every part of Lincoln this year | Photo: Adobe Stock


At the other end of the scale, some extremely safe seats will be on the ballot.

The Conservatives romped to victory in Hartsholme in the last elections, with Conservative David Clarkson taking nearly 60% of the vote.

Although it may not be in danger of changing hands, the size of the outcome could tell us which party is having a good night and which ones will end up disappointed.

If Conservatives run away again, they could be in with a chance of making in-roads in other part of the city – but a closer result could signal that Labour can rest easy.

This race will see Jim Charters (Liberal Democrat), Callum Roper (Labour and Co-operative) and Rachel Storer (Conservative) face off.


Abbey ward delivered the Liberal Democrats their only seat on the council last year when Clare Smalley clinched it.

The party saw a big 24 per cent swing in their favour, and won with nearly half of all votes.

This year, the party is putting up Martin Christopher as its candidate, who will be standing against current Labour & Co-operative  councillor Bill Bilton and Conservative candidate Roger Hansard.


The Conservatives managed to pick up a Moorland seat in their only new gain on 2021’s election night.

Matthew Fido produced a 12 point swing to take it from Labour, and the party will be hoping to recreate it this year.

Labour Councillor Adriana McNulty is standing for re-election against Pete Edwards (Conservative), Christopher Padley (Green) and Ross Pepper (Liberal Democrat).

With only 95 votes deciding the outcome last year, all parties will be aware of the potential for this ward to swing again.


Another race which could go down to the wire is Boultham, which is currently held by Labour.

The Conservatives’ Daniel Carvalho made a spirited attempt at taking it last year, creating a swing of 10 points as they chipped away at smaller parties’ share.

This left them within fewer than 90 votes of taking it.

He will be standing again this year and will be hoping to continue to momentum.

Gary Hewson (Labour) is the sitting councillor seeking re-election, with Sarah Uldall (Liberal Democrat) and Kenneth Yates (Green) also looking at improving at improving on their parties’ last performances.

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