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Nettleham man, 30, becomes youngest West Lindsey district councillor

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

  • Conservative Giles McNeill triumphed in the Nettleham by-election by 52 votes.

  • West Lindsey District Council chief executive Manjeet Gill

  • Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh

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A 30-year-old Nettleham man has become the youngest district councillor elected to West Lindsey District Council.

Conservative Giles McNeill triumphed in the Nettleham by-election by 52 votes and admits he has "big shoes to fill."

He will take over from Liberal Democrat Ray Sellars, who died following a short battle with liver cancer earlier this year.

The former De Aston School pupil said: "I am delighted to have won this by-election.

"To join the council as its youngest member is an added bonus.

"I believe it is important the council reflects the people of West Lindsey.

"While older members of the council bring experience, younger councillors bring a different world-view.

"I am looking forward to learning from my colleagues just as I hope to add value to the council with my own perspective. Ray Sellars was a good and popular councillor and very much appreciated by the community for all the work he did. His death was a sad loss. I have big shoes to fill."

Mr McNeill has lived in Nettleham since 1990 and studied at Hull University for his politics degree.

Gainsborough MP, Conservative Edward Leigh, said: "Giles is a hard-working and committed individual and I am sure he will bring his talents to the council, delivering for the people of Nettleham, Greetwell, Riseholme and Grange-de-Lings and all the residents of West Lindsey."

West Lindsey District Council chief executive Manjeet Gill added: "We are pleased to welcome councillor McNeill to the council and wish him well in this position.

"It is good that young people are getting into local politics, they can make a real difference to the district."

Mr McNeill won 565 votes, which was 45 per cent of the turnout.

Guy Grainger, of the Liberal Democrats, finished a close second with 513 votes.

Howard Thompson, of the UK Independence Party, had 177 votes. The turnout was 32 per cent and the results represented a 15 per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives.

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