Tories lose coast as voters hit the polls

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The face of politics in the area has changed after control of the coast was wrestled from the Conservatives during a dramatic day at the ballots.

The UK Independence Party caused a mass shake up across the board during the voting process on Thursday, May 2 after taking up 16 of the 77 electoral seats in Lincolnshire.

This has now left the county without full parliamentary control of one majority party.

The Conservatives lost both seats in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea after Anne Reynolds of UKIP was elected as Lincolnshire County Councillor for Mablethorpe and Steve Palmer of the Lincolnshire Independents took the seat for Alford and Sutton on Sea after close races in both areas.

Both councillors have strong feelings about ‘keeping national politics out of local government’.

Steve is an existing town and district councillor for the Sutton on Sea North Ward and is looking forward to the hard work ahead. He said: “Like a lot of people, I am fed up with tribal national politics at local level.

“I’m looking forward to getting down to all the hard work and putting Sutton on Sea, Alford and all the villages in between first.”

Anne Reynolds added: “Like Steve, my biggest priority is doing what is best for the town and the people that live here.

“Local politics cannot be governed centrally as all of the towns in the area are so different and have their own set of priorities. I aim to help get Mablethorpe on the map and make the most of the funding that is available.”

Both councillors wish to thank everyone who voted and supported them during the election process.

The Conservative group are in discussions with other parties with the possibility of forming a coalition government on the council.