Long Melford by-election results

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Residents in Long Melford yesterday voted in two new councillors to the parish council.

Graham Eade (371 votes), and Angela McKenna (332 votes) were elected following the resignations of Helen Spear and Sarah Wordley.

Following well publicised troubles within the council, which saw the police called to meetings on three occasions, residents had called for the council to resign en masse during a public meeting.

It was hoped the resignations and subsequent by-election would give the council a fresh start, but Richard and Carole Michette rejected the call to resign.

Instead residents yesterday voted in a by-election for just the two vacated seats.

Council chairman Jayne Lines said she was “very pleased” with the outcome.

She added: “I’m delighted. I’m glad people voted with their hearts and their heads.

“Let’s hope that we can now have a peaceful parish council that can work together for the best of the village.”

The unsuccessful candidates were Matthew Dempsey (182 votes), Anne Hinds (153 votes) and Ian Rockett (50 votes) respectively.