Sleaford voters have stuck with an independent for their new district councillor in a North Kesteven by election.
Five candidates stood to fill the vacant seat for Sleaford Holdingham Ward vacated earlier this year by Peter Haysum, a long standing Sleaford Independent councillor (previously a Labour councillor) who retired due to ill health.
Although turnout was very low (15.4 per cent), Grenville Jackson was a run away winner with 140 votes (43 per cent), with him and the other independent Ken Fernandes securing more than half the votes between them, something Mr Jackson saw as significant against the political parties that stood.
He told the Standard afterwards: “I campaigned on having no road through the recreation ground and I think it is very much an endorsement of that.”
Mr Jackson has a Sleaford Town Councillor for approximately two years and was nomimated as a candidate for this election by Mr Haysum, an endorsement which he believes had a big impact on voters who held a high opinion of his predecessor.
Mr Jackson said he would be a strong voice for Sleaford people against the Conservative majority.
Full results were: Grenville Jackson (Sleaford Independent) 140 (43 per cent); Ken Fernandes (Independent) 57 (18 per cent); John Michael Dilks (UK Independence Party) 48 (15 per cent); Lucille Hagues (Conservative and Unionist Party) 48 (15 per cent); Mike Benthall (Labour) 29 (9 per cent).