Labour councillor loses his Melton Council seat on a terrible day for the party

LH2179-03 : Lionel Heap : Melton News : Election Count Melton Borough Council : Wry smiles.... Labour Party candidates rue a bad day in Melton as they are wiped out returning zero seats on the council. EMN-150805-151440001

LH2179-03 : Lionel Heap : Melton News : Election Count Melton Borough Council : Wry smiles.... Labour Party candidates rue a bad day in Melton as they are wiped out returning zero seats on the council. EMN-150805-151440001

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Labour member John Moulding lost his seat in the Melton Council elections in a poll which saw the party left without a councillor for the first time in recent memory.

Despite winning 234 more votes than he did when he was first elected in 2011, Mr Moulding lost out in Melton Dorian ward to Conservative trio Pat Cumbers, Alan Pearson and John Wyatt.

He was 242 votes behind the third-placed Mr Wyatt.

Shortly after hearing the result announced, at the Market Tavern in Melton, Mr Moulding said: “It’s been a disappointing night for us nationally and that surge for the Conservatives has now been reflected in the local elections as well.”

There were eight new Labour candidates across the borough but none of them was elected.

Mike Brown came the closest when he polled just 31 votes fewer than new Independent councillor Tina Culley in Melton Egerton ward.

More to follow.