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POLL: UKIP surge expected but Conservatives will still rule after Lincolnshire County Council Elections

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: April 25, 2013

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The UK Independence Party will be the biggest gainers in next week's Lincolnshire County Council election – according to an Echo poll.

The Lincolnshire Echo visited all seven districts of the county to ask 250 voters which political party they were voting for ahead of the election polls opening on Thursday, May 2.

The survey suggests the Conservative Party, led locally by Martin Hill, will continue to control County Hall after 32 per cent of people said they planned to choose the blue ticket.

That would be 16 per cent down on the party's share of the overall vote at the 2009 election.

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According to the poll, UKIP will be the most significant movers after 21 per cent of people showed support for them.

The party will field 60 candidates, compared to just 11 in 2009. There are 77 seats up for grabs overall.

Nigel Farage leads the party at national level and his group are expected to do particularly well in the south of the county where many residents said immigration was the most important issue in their area.

Labour, which will field a full 77 candidates, received 19 per cent – almost eight per cent up from 2009.

Lincolnshire Labour leader Rob Parker has pinned his hopes on winning all 10 seats on offer in Lincoln and the poll suggests much of their support will come from the city.

There was strong support for the Lincolnshire Independents in North Kesteven. They totalled 17 per cent.

Marianne Overton, party chief and leader of the opposition at Lincolnshire County Council, is expected to retain her seat in Branston and Navenby.

The Liberal Democrats appear to have lost the public's faith.

Part of the Coalition in central Government, the party received just 10 per cent of the vote in the Lincolnshire poll – nine per cent lower than four years ago.

Elsewhere, the TUSC party obtained one per cent.

People were also asked what they felt were the most important issues in their area.

The majority of people said the state of our roads was a huge cause for concern, while crime and a lack of trains to London also featured frequently.

In North Kesteven, 75 per cent of people said a lack of jobs and facilities in the area were the biggest issues. Many others complained that too much housing was being built compared to the lack of necessary facilities.

People in South Kesteven and East Lindsey complained there were too many potholes in their area. Most people complained about the transport network in West Lindsey.

In both Boston Borough and South Holland more than 75 per cent of people complained about immigration.

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  • Auser  |  April 29 2013, 9:08AM

    The Lincolnshire County Council has little to no authority or influence over most of the national issues that the three main parties are campaigning/coat-tailing on in the upcoming county elections (including wind farms). And, this is why there is really no room or need for party politics in local government. It is local issues and local representation that are important. Slowly voters in Lincolnshire are becoming aware of the ineffectiveness of traditional party politics in local government. They are voting with their feet and moving to the Independent candidates who advocate: "Kick party politics out of local government'. This voter sentiment was demonstrated in the 2009 county election - the Independent group becoming the official opposition at Lincolnshire County Council. And in the recent Police and Crime Commissioner elections, where the winner and the runner-up candidates were both Independents. And lets not forget the Independent "Boston Bypass Partys' success on what what purely a local campaign platform. Independents have no 'party whip' telling them to vote along party lines; they have no national manifesto to rigidly follow and there are no party policies. Instead, Independents represent the interests of their constituents and their village or town. They network organisationally as a loose group of Independents to then work together both locally and nationally with the objective of providing an Independent voice in local government.

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  • Menshy  |  April 26 2013, 9:04PM

    Auser - the size of the majority is irrelevant as they 'govern' nothing; the party with the most seats put the chairman up and then it is simply a question of filling in the seats on the various scrutiny committees - party politics has nought to do with it. A leadership with no majority is a good thing as they will have to work harder to get the votes of the Independents and other smaller party representatives to carry votes on routine business - meaning that your local Councillor is in a position to leverage advantage for you in return for their vote on various issues - provided they are tuned in to your needs of course. The problem we have is people keep voting Con/Lab/LibDem because that is what they support for National Government - to my mind that is wrong and perpetuates poor 'government' at this tier as people with no real interest in the community but who have a party allegiance are voted in then just go with the party flow instead of properly representing the interest of their community.

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  • InsideStory  |  April 26 2013, 6:32PM

    It would be nice to see UKIP taking control of Lincoln City council .

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  • Auser  |  April 26 2013, 3:34PM

    Well... looks as though there is some serious shenanigans going on with the online poll here. It's currently showing that 53% of participants will vote for UKIP (you wish!). This result bears no correlation whatsoever with the 250 district polling sample the Echo used for the article, which gave UKIP only 21% of the vote. I'll let the reader be the judge!

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  • Auser  |  April 25 2013, 9:12PM

    "...The survey suggests the Conservative Party, led locally by Martin Hill, will continue to control County Hall after 32 per cent of people said they planned to choose the blue ticket...." Really not sure how you come to this conclusion, as even if the Conservatives did manage 32% of the vote (as per your VERY small sample poll) then surely, using the same polling results, they would not have a majority control and would be forced into either a minority government or, heavens forbid, a coalition with UKIP...

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  • Menshy  |  April 25 2013, 8:11PM

    It matters not a jot which political party a Councillor in local government belongs to. Their real role is to hold the council to account in all aspects of their business and ensure the public is properly served whilst getting value for the money they pay in taxes. So; we need the right people with the right skills to do the job, and we need them to be honest with the highest possible values and standards, and of the greatest integrity. Wisdom, experience in a relevant field such as finance, policing, education, health, engineering, construction, planning, project and programme management, and vision are the attributes I look for in a Councillor. Party politics exists in local government only as a route for political parties to use taxpayers money to fund training their apprentices - and that is plain wrong. The best person for the job is just as likely to be an Independent candidate as they are to belong to a political party. So, given the recent track record of politicians in the honesty and integrity area, and that we need people that know a bit about the world not apprentices the very last thing I would consider voting for is a young gun with a degree in politics and an affiliation to one of the three main political parties. The surge in UKIP support is encouraging - getting us out of the EU is important in ending the toxic effects of migration, Human Rights over common sense and community safety, the drain of money and power to Brussels, the madness of the Health and Safety and compensation cultures etc. UKIP are the only political party promising to get us out - a big win for them at local elections will send the message to the main parties and hopefully go some way to forcing one of them away from the centre to a firm position from which they can tackle the scourge the EU has become - we must get at least a severance of our tie to the social chapter that Blair took us into.

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