Published: 07/05/2011 08:00

Rivals make inroads but again the Conservatives are smiling

LABOUR has fought back in North West Leicestershire, winning back seats from their Conservative rivals in the North West Leicestershire District Council 2011 elections.

Ballot boxThe biggest win for the party came in Measham where Tom Neilson and Sean Sheahan swept in, winning with 732 votes and 691 votes respectively.

Labour lost the seat in the 2007 local elections and again in the 2009 byelections.

Overall turnout across the district was 45.11 per cent.

Newly-elected councillor Tom Neilson said: “I’m very pleased — it’s taken a lot of hard work.

“Measham is traditionally a Labour seat so it was only a matter of time before we got back in.

“We are going to be working hard for the best interests of Measham.”

The party was also able to take a seat from the Tories in the Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe ward, with Lesley Massey winning with 443 votes — only 42 ahead of her Conservative rival Jackie Bridgen.

Elsewhere in the district, the Conservatives were able to hold on to the rest of their seats by sizeable margins.

Richard Blunt held on to Appleby, John Coxon and Roger Bayliss stayed in Ashby Holywell, as did Geraint Jones and Jim Hoult in Ashby Ivanhoe.

Councillors Annette and John Bridges kept their seat in Moira.

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