BREAKING NEWS: Mixed results for the Independents in the Melton Council elections

Independent candidate Marilyn Gordon at the Rutland and Melton Parliamentary election count EMN-150805-170542001

Independent candidate Marilyn Gordon at the Rutland and Melton Parliamentary election count EMN-150805-170542001

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There were mixed emotions for the Independents on Melton Council after the election results saw one new councillor voted in but their overall representation on the authority cut from five to just two.

The best news came for Tina Culley who took one of the two vacant Melton Egerton seats.

Mrs Culley (47) has already built close ties with many of those who live in her ward through her time as chairman of the RAGE residents’ action group.

She said: “I’ve lived in Melton all my life. I’ve lived in Egerton ward for 19 years and I am very proud to get the chance to represent it on the council.

“I couldn’t have done this without the support of Mark Twittey and Alison Freer-Jones and i’m particularly disappointed they didn’t win the seats they stood for.”

Long -serving Elaine Holmes retained her position as Melton Council representative for Waltham in the other good news for the Independent group.

She said: “It was very disappointing that neither Mark nor Alison got back in because they’re Melton people who work so hard.

“Mark won the Egerton ward in 2012 by 21 votes and lost this election by the same number of votes.

“I also feel very sad for Alison. She’s been an excellent ward councillor.

“I congratulate Tina Culley who is such a fantastic ward person.”

There was disappointment for Independent Marilyn Gordon who was a parliamentary candidate for the Rutland and Melton seat. After polling just 427 votes in that election she waited up all night and all of the following morning to hear she had lost her Melton Dorian seat.

Alison Freer-Jones relinquished her Melton Warwick seat and Mark Twittey, who formerly held a seat on the council’s Egerton ward, missed out on winning one this time in the town’s Sysonby ward.

Other unsuccessful Independent borough council candidates were Mike Birt (Waltham) and Gary Bush (Melton Craven).

l Although there was encouragement for UKIP in the General Election, with a second-placed finish in Rutland and Melton behind Tory Sir Alan Duncan for Richard Billington, there was no joy for them in the Melton Council poll.

Five candidates stood for UKIP but none were elected to the council.

Harry Lambert missed out by 94 votes in Asfordby and there was disappointment also for Sasha Barnes, John Scutter, Nigel Daniels and Duncan Shelley.