Conservatives lose control of Lincolnshire County Council

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The Conservatives lost overall control of County Hall last night, ending up with 25 seats fewer than in 2009.

The party had held six of Boston’s seven seats going in to this election, but lost all bar Boston Rural, which Mike Brookes clung on to by 12 votes.

In total the Conservatives won 36 seats, UKIP 16, Labour 10, Labour & Co-op 2, Lincolnshire Independents 8, Liberal Democrats 3 and Independents 2.

The Tories won 36 per cent of the overall vote, down 10.5 per cent on 2009, while UKIP won 24.3 per cent. Labour was third with 16.4 per cent.

UKIP was particularly strong in this part of the county, winning five of Boston’s seven seats as well as neighbouring divisions Tattershall Castle, Spilsby Fen and Wainfleet and Burgh. It also picked up two wins in Spalding, including the Spalding East and Moulton seat that had been held by high profile Tory Eddy Poll.

Speculation will now begin as to how the county council’s top team will look, with the Conservatives likely to have to form a coalition with one or more of their rivals.