Tories narrowly miss out

THE Conservative party has been left disappointed after failing to gain enough seats to achieve overall control of Babergh District Council.

In today’s election results, the party needed 22 seats to gain control, but only managed 18 - an increase of one from last time around.

Elsewhere, the Liberal Democrats lost three seats taking them to 12, while Labour rose from one seat to three. The Independents increased their seats by one to nine.

In Sudbury East, Conservative Adrian Osbourne kept his seat with 500 votes and Jack Owen, Labour, also won a seat on the ward.

In Sudbury North, Conservatives John Sayers and Ray Smith held on to their seats’ while in the South ward Liberal Democrat Nigel Bennett kept his seat with 508 votes and was joined by Conservative Simon Barrett.

For the full story and more reaction on the Babergh elections’ see next week’s Free Press.