Conservative Gary Conde wins Rutland County Council by-election for Ketton ward

Councillor Gary Conde.
Councillor Gary Conde.
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Ketton’s new ward county councillor says he is a local resident working for local people and is vowing to ensure he is always available for his constituents.

Conservative candidate Gary Conde claimed victory in Thursday’s Rutland County Council Ketton by-election with 330 votes.

In second place with 260 votes was Independent candidate Andrew McGilvray, while UKIP candidate Liam Powell received 130 and Independent Martin Brookes had 24 votes.

The turnout for the election was 33 per cent.

Coun Conde fills the vacant seat on the council following the retirement of Barrie Roper (Con) in May.

Coun Conde, 51, of Empingham Road, who has lived in the village for 25 years, was delighted with the result and has thanked those who helped him during his campaign.

He said: “I’m very pleased with the result and I would like to thank my friends and family, and Conservative colleagues who have worked hard in engaging with electorate.

“I would also like to thank all those who voted for me and been very kind and welcoming.

“I am a local resident working for local people and I will do my best to ensure I’m always available for my constituents.”

Following Thursday’s election, there are now 16 Conservatives on Rutland County Council, three UKIP members, two LibDems and five Independents.

The Ketton ward covers Ketton, Barrowden, Tinwell and Tixover.

Coun Conde said there were a number of issues he was already looking to address including making sure infrastructure was in place for future developments, tackling road safety and speeding issues, litter and flytipping, and problems with road signs in the county.

Coun Conde has also thanked former councillor Barrie Roper for his work on the council.

He added: “I would like to say what a great job Councillor Roper has done. I would like to build on that and continue to support the electorate.”

To contact Coun Conde, you can call him on 01780 720 252, or e-mail