SOUTH HOLLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2019: Labour candidate Rodney Sadd 'gutted' after fourth place finish in Spalding Monks House ward poll
Months of campaigning produced very little cheer for the Labour Party in Spalding Monks House ward.
Both Janet Barnes and Rodney Sadd trailed in well behind Independents Anthony Cronin and veteran Angela Newton in what will be her 47th year as a member of South Holland District Council.
Mr Sadd came fourth with 116 votes and Mrs Barnes sixth with 68 votes, the only two Labour candidates to stand in any of the 18 wards.
After the results were declared, Mr Sadd said: "After all the hard work I've done, I'm gutted that the voters have taken the political shambles at Westminster on board and said: 'We're not going to vote for a mainstream party.
"Instead, they've gone for the Independents and I congratulate those who have won.
"We were so professional in our campaigning, having given out 3,000 leaflets and having held very positive conversations with people.
"But despite all that hard work, to get just 116 votes makes me thing 'Where do I go from here?'
"I hope my feelings about the community will continue to be expressed, but I really am disappointed because I don't just pop up every four years.
"As a Labour candidate, I've worked over many years for this and I'd really like to thank my team for their help and support."