The Conservatives suffered the loss of their group leader, as Liberal Democrats gained 4 of their council seats and one from Labour in a successful defence of their majority on Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.
In Wigston, the sole Conservative lost his seat in Meadowcourt as new councillors for that ward David Loydall and Sharon Morris joined Cllr. Robbie Eaton.
In South Wigston, Council Leader John Boyce, Cllr. Richard Morris and new councillor Rosemarie Adams were returned to hold the ward. The other new councillor in Wigston is Clare Kozlowski who was elected in St. Wolstans along with Cllrs. Linda and Frank Broadley.
All the other changes happened in a series of hard fought contests in Oadby. In Woodlands, new councillor Amandeep Kaur defeated Conservative leader Bhupendra Dave. In St. Peter’s, Ian Ridley took another Conservative seat, whilst Lily Kaufman held onto her by-election win in Uplands from Labour.
The final Liberal Democrat gains were completed in Oadby Grange, where Naveed Alam picked up one of the 3 seats the Conservatives were defending.
All the other seats were held by the sitting Liberal Democrat councillors, leaving the final totals Liberal Democrats 24 councillors, Conservatives 2.
Oadby and Wigston is now one of 22 councils across the country where the Liberal Democrats have an outright majority.
We’d like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who came out to vote in the local elections on Thursday. Mirroring the record national results of 703 gains, the Liberal Democrats kept their majority on Oadby and Wigston Borough Council and are up 4 seats from the Conservatives and one from Labour on the 2015 elections.
A more detailed report on the results will follow.
Nearly nine out of ten Oadby and Wigston residents have rejected Conservative proposals to merge the Borough into a single, huge unitary council across Leicestershire.
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council surveyed local people about the plans put forward by the Conservative leader of the County Council.
424 of the 477 respondents (89 per cent) said no when asked if the plans would benefit our area.
Liberal Democrat Cllr. John Boyce, Leader of Oadby and Wigston has written to the Conservatives to highlight residents’ opposition to the plans. In the letter, Cllr. Boyce writes that the Conservatives’ own minister, “… does not see reorganisation as a means of solving the funding crisis.”
Cllr. Boyce also stated that the changes, “…would inevitably lead to a significant reduction in some services and charging for others,” as residents have less influence over decisions and as a result, weekly rubbish collections and free shoppers’ parking under threat.