North Lincolnshire Council by-election results - Conservative and Labour wins

Balcony view of the 2023 local elections count at The Pods, Scunthorpe
-Credit: (Image: Local Democracy Reporter (LDR))


The Conservatives and Labour have won a councillor each in by-elections held for North Lincolnshire Council.

Voters in Axholme North and Brumby wards went to the polls on June 6 after the deaths of incumbent councillors, John Briggs and Steve Swift respectively, earlier this year. There has been no change to the political representation of the wards, with the Conservatives retaining the Axholme North role, and Labour holding Brumby.

Neither of the races were close contests, and other parties did not pick up 70 votes or more in either poll. The make-up of the council remains split between 27 Conservative and 16 Labour councillors.

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Ian Bint for the Conservatives and Labour's Daniel Hart are the new councillors. The results in full are set out below.

Axholme North

  • Ian Bint, Local Conservatives - 901 - ELECTED

  • Lara Chaplin, Labour Party - 378

  • Alan Kelly, Liberal Democrats - 67

There was one rejected ballot.

Brumby

  • Robin Abram, Liberal Democrats - 43

  • Alan Cook, Local Conservatives - 294

  • Peter Dennington, Green Party - 49

  • Daniel Hart, Labour Party - 616 - ELECTED

There were seven rejected ballots.

Steve Swift and John Briggs were long-standing councillors in North Lincolnshire. Steve Swift sadly died after being taken ill while delivering a speech at the council's budget meeting. He had served the people of North Lincolnshire since 1996, and before then was also part of Humberside County Council. John Briggs had been Mayor of North Lincolnshire twice and was due to be again in May. He was first elected to the council in 1999.

In his victory speech, Daniel Hart paid tribute to his predecessor. "It goes without saying this is not an election that we wanted, Cllr Steve Swift was a great voice for the community, a committed campaigner and he took pride in helping the ward. During the last local election he was a great mentor, not only to me but to many others in the Labour movement. I am truly honoured to have been able to call him a friend."

"We have been and are listening to your stories on the doorstep and will work hard for you," he said of voters. He also thanked all who had campaigned and voted for his election, and his wife for her support.

Ian Bint also praised his forerunner. "Nobody wanted this by election and we must remember former mayor John Briggs, he was a great servant to the Isle of Axholme and the whole of North Lincolnshire for many years. I am honoured to have been elected by local residents to take John’s seat and I will work hard with Cllr Julie Reed on behalf of every resident to represent their views and to bring further investment to the Isle of Axholme."

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