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Rutland elections 2019: Conservatives keep control with same number of seats

The Conservatives have kept control of Rutland County Council.

There was relief on the face of the leader Oliver Hemsley as his party kept the same number of seats and avoided the fate of some other Tory-run authorities. The results are here.

There were gains for the Liberal Democrats who increased their number from one to three and the Green Party also gained their first councillor, Miranda Jones, who is currently mayor of Uppingham. Labour did not win any seats.

The count at the Victoria Hall in Oakham (9584927)
The count at the Victoria Hall in Oakham (9584927)

Coun Hemsley, who was elected to the Langham Ward, said: “I’m relieved and glad that today is over.

“The big issue going forward for Rutland County Council will be the local plan and the proposed developments at St Georges Barracks and Woolfox.”

Oliver Hemsley (9605253)
Oliver Hemsley (9605253)

It was a good result for female candidates with the number of women councillors doubling from four to nine.

Joanna Burrows, who joins the council as a Liberal Democrat on her second attempt – she was beaten in July’s by election by now disgraced former councillor Richard Alderman – had the most votes of the day with 856.

The charity worker, who has lived in Oakham for 22 years, said on her agenda would be the ‘revitalisation of Oakham town centre’.

The council will now have eight independent councillors and Marc Oxley from The Independent Group wants to see whether the councillors can work together on certain issues.

He said: “The first thing I have to do is to meet with the independent members on the council and discuss a way forward.

“I have served on the council since 2003 and am delighted to be going into my fifth term.”

Newcomers Sue Webb and Dave Blanksby were elected to the new Barleythorpe Ward after campaigning on issues concerning the housing development near to the village. Cllr Blanksby says he will be bangng the drum for keeping parks under public control rather than being turned over to management companies.

Only one serving councillor, Conservative Rachel Burkitt, who represented the Uppingham Ward, lost her seat.

Father and daughter Cllr Edward Baines and Cllr Lucy Stephenson retained their seats on the council.

Eight of the 27 seats were uncontested.

The county council count took place at The Victoria Hall in Oakham and was completed in just over six hours.

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