Conservatives claim majority at new North Northants Council

Oundle has elected three councillors to the new North Northants Council, all from the Conservative Party, in what was a successful set of local elections for the Conservatives overall.

These were the first local elections to take place in Northamptonshire’s new unitary authority, which was won by the Conservatives with 60 seats to Labour’s 14. The Green Party also won three seats in the Clover Hill ward in Kettering. North Northamptonshire turnout was low at only 34.64%.

In Oundle, the three elected councillors won comfortably with over 7000 total votes. The next largest share of the votes went to the Liberal Democrats, with nearly 3000 total votes.

One of the new NNC councillors, Annabel de Capell Brooke, had previously represented Oundle on the East Northants Council. “I was delighted and honoured to be re-elected to represent the residents of Oundle and the villages. It’s a huge and diverse geographical area and I’ve been fortunate to get to know and work with many community groups and organisations over this time. I am very much looking forward to continuing this work,” she said. “The new North Northamptonshire unitary authority gives us all an historic opportunity to create a Council which works for us all.”

She told us that she was invested in continuing to work with local groups on planning and with those who are fighting to retain Fletton Field as a green space in the town. The new NNC will inherit the decision of how to dispose of the land. “My hope is to find a solution which can preserve the rich history. There are also vital planning applications afoot and I will be monitoring these carefully.”

Helen Harrison was raised in Laxton and went to Bulwick Primary School. As a chartered physiotherapist, she worked for almost a decade in the NHS in Peterborough and Stamford and has set up her own successful physiotherapy clinic in Harringworth. She previously represented the Fineshade Ward on the ENC.

She said her background in health is what will drive her priorities in her new role on North Northants Council. “I want to see health and well-being at the heart of policy making. The pandemic has highlighted just how important it is to ensure that residents have every opportunity to take care of their health, and I am determined that they should have access to services and an environment that promotes good mental and physical health.”

Jason Smithers was elected in 2018 to represent Higham Ferrers on the Northants County Council. He has since been chosen by the new North Northants Conservative group to be their leader. He tweeted: “On the back of last weeks #elections, we have a significant mandate from the electorate and will deliver upon our promises.”

Robert Brettle
May 2021