ELECTION: Time to vote in East Lindsey District Council election today #GE2015

Craig Leyland ENGEMN00120120924134815
Craig Leyland ENGEMN00120120924134815

He’s been tipped as the next leader of East Lindsey District Council.

First, though, there is the small matter of Craig Leyland holding onto his ward seat in Woodhall Spa today (Thursday).

While most attention will be focussed on the General Election, the fact all District Council - and some Town and Parish Council elections - are also taking place should not be forgotten.

There is a vacancy at the very top of ELDC after leader Doreen Stephenson’s decision to stand down as a councillor.

As her number two - and a very successful number two at that - Coun Leyland is a strong contender for promotion.

There are a number of provisos to that.

He’s one of five candidates chasing two seats in Woodhall Spa.

There’s also the small matter of whether the Conservatives will retain overall control of ELDC.

Reports suggest they face a determined challenge from UKIP who are fielding strong candidates in many wards.

In top of that, there’s whether Coun Leyland will receive backing for leader from his own party.

Whatever happens in Woodhall, there will be at least one new councillor in the village after Tory stalwart Mick Harness’s decision not to stand.

Susanna Gorst will represent the Tories alongside Coun Leyland while it will 
be interesting to see if the Green Party can make in impact - particularly in a leafy village where environmental issues are always high on the agenda.

In Horncastle, the “sitting” councillors are Fiona Martin, Sandra Campbell-Wardman and Richard Avison.

However, Mike Beecham - one of the leading figures in UKIP candidate Colin Mair’s election campaign - will be hoping to win a seat.

Aimee Flitcroft will be flying the flag for UKIP in Coningsby while independent Martin Foster - already a well known political figure in the village - is being backed locally.

There are elections in three other wards - Hagworthingham, Tetford/Donington on Bain and Wragby.

Indeed, perhaps the only person who will be sleeping soundly tonight is Coun William Gray who was been re-elected as his Roughton seat was uncontested.

*A full list of candidates is available to view on ELDC’s website.