Governor wins seat

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GREAT Cornard had another change in its councillor line-up this month following a by-election.

School governor Tracey Welsh, 50, a Labour candidate, was elected to serve in the south ward after the elected councillor Leon Clark did not turn up to take his seat.

He failed to formally notify Babergh District Council and Great Cornard Parish Council as to the reason for his decision, and did not sign his declaration of acceptance of office.

Mr Clark, who was elected as an Independent councillor in May, is married to a former Independent parish councillor Ann Harper-Clark. His wife also stood in the May election, but was not elected.

Mrs Welsh, a governor at Great Cornard Upper School, will attend her first parish council meeting on September 16.

She said: “I enjoyed the whole election process and am really looking forward to serving the people of Great Cornard, who I would like to thank for turning out to support me.”

She won the by-election after polling 194 votes, against Conservative David Stenson (124) and Independent Michael Earle (93). There was a 12.35 per cent turn out.

Mrs Welsh was born in Sudbury and was previously a school governor at Great Cornard Middle School. She has two children, Michael, a chartered accountant, and Sarah, who works for Prolog.