The 2019 North East Lincolnshire Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of North East Lincolnshire Council in England.[1] This was on the same day as other local elections.

Council make up

After the 2018 local election, the political make up of the council was as follows:

Party Number of councillors
Conservative 23 (+5)
Labour 14 (-5)
Liberal Democrats 4 (-)
Independent 0 (-1)
UKIP 1 (+1)

The Conservatives won a majority on the council for the first time since its creation in 1996. Some of the authority's predecessors had previously had Conservative majorities: Great Grimsby Borough Council (1976-1979) and Humberside County Council (1977-1981), though Cleethorpes Borough Council had not. The Conservative gains in the five wards were essentially a repeat of the previous year: taking Yarborough, Freshney, Croft Baker and Immingham from Labour, as well as Park from the Liberal Democrats. UKIP, who had been slowly wiped out after losing councillors through defections to the Conservatives after the EU referendum had lost their remaining "loyal" councillors in 2018, though Jane Bramley did regain a seat from Labour in South ward, where two seats were thought following the resignation of former council leader Ray Oxby.

The Green Party, who had ran candidates in most but not all wards in 2018, only ran one candidate - Loyd Emmerson, who had been their general election candidate in Cleethorpes in 2017 (and would stand for them in Great Grimsby in 2019), stood in South ward.]

In the run up to these elections, Terry Walker (then a Labour councillor for East Marsh and deputy mayor of the authority) defected to the Liberal Democrats and would successfully retain his seat in the ward for them, which resulted in him being elected the mayor of the authority in a vote by councillors. Other changes saw Ray Oxby unexpectedly resign as council leader and as a councillor for South ward in March 2019, which meant two seats were fought in the ward much like Immingham the year before.

Longstanding councillors Andrew De Freitas from the Lib Dems and Melanie Dickerson from the Conservatives retired at these elections. De Freitas' son David stood as his party's candidate in Park ward, which he failed to retain, whilst former UKIP councillor Henry Hudson who had stood down last year in Scartho ward returned to the Conservatives, for whom he had been a candidate for in 2008, to stand in Wolds to succeed Dickerson.

Ward results

Croft Baker

Croft Baker
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bob Callison 1,049 46.7 -0.6
Labour Judy Nichols 808 36.0 -5.8
Liberal Democrats Roy Horobin 388 17.3 New
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Note: Incumbent Labour councillor Annie Darby stood down at this election.

East Marsh

East March
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Terry Walker 738 53.6 -14.6
Labour Mark Gee 296 21.5 +1.3
UKIP Phillip Moulson 264 19.2 +15.6
Conservative David Townend 80 5.8 +1.7
Majority
Turnout
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

Note: In the months prior to this election, Walker defected from Labour to the Liberal Democrats.

Freshney

Freshney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Furneaux 713 35.3 -9.7
Labour Sheldon Mill 580 28.7 -11.9
UKIP Martin Grant 363 18.0 +8.8
Independent Mick Kiff 362 17.9 New
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Notes: Changes are compared with the May 2018 local elections, rather than the by-election in July 2018 where Mill had won the seat. Furneaux had previously been a UKIP candidate in Yarborough in 2015, but had stood for the Conservatives before that in Park in 2014.

Haverstoe

Haverstoe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Brookes 1,962 77.8 +6.7
Labour Peter Bailey 559 22.2 -0.1
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Notes: Following the retirement of Andrew De Freitas, Brookes is now the only councillor on the authority to have been elected onto it continuously since the inaugural elections in 1995. Bailey is a former Liberal Democrat councillor for Yarborough from 2009 to 2012.

Heneage

Heneage
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Matthew Patrick 800 41.1 -7.6
Conservative Mark Smith 595 30.6 -2.7
UKIP John Stockton 552 28.4 +12.7
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Notes: Stockton is a former councillor for this ward from 2014 to 2018.

Humberston & New Waltham

Humberston & New Waltham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stan Shreeve 2,301 82.7 +1.6
Labour Sheldon Ellis 480 17.3 -1.6
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Immingham

Immingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Karen Swinburn 1,269 60.8 +21.4
Labour David Bolton 818 39.2 +6.9
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Note: Swinburn is a former councillor for this ward from 2006 to 2010. She narrowly missed out on gaining this seat the previous year from Bolton, by a mere 3 votes after several recounts.

Park

Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Debbie Woodward 1,034 37.1 +2.2
Liberal Democrats David De Freitas 781 28.0 +0.8
Labour Matthew Barrow 491 17.6 -10.5
UKIP Anthony Blake 482 17.3 +12.3
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Note: Barrow is a former councillor who represented this ward from 2012 to 2016. De Freitas is the son of incumbent councillor Andrew De Freitas who retired at this election on health grounds.

Scartho

Scartho
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Lindley 1,725 58.1 +3.2
Labour Liz Haddock 609 20.5 -7.0
UKIP Stephen White 442 14.9 +9.2
Liberal Democrats Louise Horobin 193 6.5 -5.4
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Sidney Sussex

Sidney Sussex
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Marie Green 715 40.4 -12.2
Conservative Graham Reynolds 544 30.7 -2.3
UKIP John Hancock 512 28.9 +18.8
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Notes: This was the only ward in the Cleethorpes constituency where UKIP stood a candidate, as well as the only one Labour won. The incumbent, Hazel Chase, had left Labour mid-term and stood down at this election. She endorsed Green in the election.

South

South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janet Goodwin 532 24.8 -14.9
UKIP Jane Bramley 528 24.6 +6.7
Labour Ian Rodwell 442
Conservative Paul Batson 381 17.7 -5.3
UKIP Liudmila Berezina 363
Independent Deborah Hill 314 14.6 -+1.2
Green Loyd Emmerson 232 10.8 +4.8
Independent Roy Long 160 7.5 New
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
UKIP gain from Labour Swing

Note 1: There was several recounts of the result, because of the closeness between Goodwin and Bramley, which was called by UKIP who given the closeness of the result had hoped Bramley may have overtaken Goodwin for the four year seat. In the end, after conceding, Goodwin won the four year term of office, while Bramley won the one year - which has since been extended due to the cancellation of the 2020 local elections.

Note 2: The Conservatives only fielded one candidate, even though two seats were available. It is unknown as to why this was the case. Batson, their party's candidate, had stood here in the 2016 by-election and 2018 local elections, as well as in 2015 albeit for UKIP.

Note 3: Hill has previously stood here in 2006, 2014 and 2018 as an Independent, as well as for the Liberal Democrats (in Sidney Sussex, 2008; and Immingham, 2010) and the Conservatives (in Immingham, 2015; and Yarborough, 2016).

Note 4: Rodwell is husband of Labour councillor for Sidney Sussex ward Debbie Rodwell. He unsuccessfully fought Wolds in 2018.

Waltham

Waltham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Jackson 1,557 85.7 +2.0
Labour Vikki Verity 260 14.3 -2.0
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

West March

West March
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karl Wilson 410 39.0 -10.6
Independent Peter Barker 310 29.5 New
UKIP Adrian Jackson 212 20.2 -8.3
Conservative Hugh Riches 118 11.2 -4.9
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Note: Barker is a former councillor for this ward from 1999 to 2011. This was the first occasion regular Independent candidate (and other former councillor) for this ward Keith Watkin had not stood here since losing his seat in 2010.

Wolds

Wolds
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Hudson 1,344 76.9 +1.8
Labour Karl Quibell 404 23.1 -1.8
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Note: Hudson is a former UKIP councillor for Scartho ward who had stood down in 2018. He had previously been a Conservative member and candidate for Freshney in 2008.

Yarborough

Yarborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Garry Abel 867 45.4 -1.9
Labour Peter Wheatley 622 32.6 -1.5
Socialist Alternative Kieran Barlow 421 22.0 New
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Note: Barlow had previously stood as a TUSC candidate for this ward in 2018. This was the first occasion UKIP did not field a candidate in the ward since the March 2009 by-election

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