North East Lincolnshire Council has a joint Conservative/Lib Dem administration. It is a unitary authority and has a third of the seats up for election on Thursday.
In terms of the General Election the area includes Cleethorpes which is the Conservatives 55th target seat and Great Grimsby which is our 230th target.
The relevant nine wards for Cleethorpes include a couple from North Lincolnshire Council. When last contested seven of them went to the Conservatives. One to Labour and one to the Lib Dems. The Conservative candidate Martin Vickers has impeccable local credentials – having been a local councillor for many years and also, until recently, having been a churchwarden. Good luck to him.
Great Grimsby should be a safe Labour seat. But so far as I can see they didn't win any of the relevant six wards when last contested – four went to the Lib Dems, one to the Conservatives and one to an Independent. However the Lib Dems were third here last time at the General Election – I doubt they will be making too much of their entthusiasm for the Common Fisheries Policy. I also rather doubt that the sitting Labour MP Austin Mitchell will be hit by a morale boosting visit from Gordon Brown. So rather hard to predict what will happen but good luck to the Conservatve candidate Victoria Ayling.
Years of selling out to Europe have resulted in our catching sector being decimated. I am working with the Conservative Shadow Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon to ensure that our policies help the Grimsby fishing industry. Already Timothy Kirkhope MEP, Leader of the Conservative Group in the European Parliament, came to Grimsby at my invitation to meet those in the fishing industry so that he could understand fully what is needed. I will fight to protect and enhance Grimsby's fishing industry.