LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015: Party leaders assess chances in Northampton Borough Council election

Borough Council Elections 2015 NNL-150805-185210009
Borough Council Elections 2015 NNL-150805-185210009

The main party leaders running for seats on Northampton Borough Council have been assessing their chances of victory after tonight’s election count.

There have been few surprises in the early seats declared at the Royal and Derngate this evening, with Labour’s group leader Les Marriott retaining his Semilong seat.

Mary Markham, who is expected to take over the Conservative leadership tomorrow if she wins her Park seat later in the night, said the Tories have run a ‘positive’ campaign.

The Tories currently hold the sway of power on the council with a 17 seat majority.

She said: “The one thing I’m happy with is the people is that the people we have selected have all worked hard.

“I believe our administration has worked hard and we have put Northampton back on the map.”

Les Marriott, said he was pleased to retain his seat after a ‘hectic campaign’, but added that overall he was concerned that Labour’s performance in the General Election could have a knock on effect for the council.

He said: “Anything can happen.

“It’s difficult, I’m nervous today, knowing full well people can vote one way nationally and one way locally.”

Liberal Democrats’ party chairman Brian Hoare was even more worried about how last night’s result - which saw catastrophic Lid Dem losses - would effect the council vote.

He said: “I’m concerned it’s not going to be about local activists and the work that they do.

“The local elections could mirror the national picture.”

UKIP’s only current sitting councillor Beverley Mennell, said she was ‘proud’ of her party’s four million votes in the parliamentary race.

But as to whether UKIP would pick up seats on the borough council tonight, she said: “It could be anyone’s game.

“This is a strange old election.

“I’m just hoping we get some bums on seats.”