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Conservatives secure majority of Suffolk County Council seats in Babergh divisions

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The Conservatives have won the majority of seats in Babergh in the Suffolk County Council elections.

The party has six members in the district, alongside one Green Party, one Independent, one Labour Party and one Liberal Democrat councillor.

Across the county the breakdown of seats was: Conservative 50, Labour 9, Liberal Democrat 5, Green 3, Independent 3, Labour and Co-operative 2, Conservative and Unionist 2, West Suffolk Independents 1.

The Green Party’s Robert Lindsay, a former Babergh district councillor, was voted in as the new county councillor for Cosford with 1,630 votes.

In Sudbury a Tory seat was won by Labour.

Despite the party struggling nationwide, Labour candidate Jack Owen was voted in with 693 votes.

Mr Owen, a former town mayor and serving town councillor, replaces John Sayers who stood as an independent after the Conservatives chose Adrian Osborne to stand for the seat.

Independent candidate Richard Kemp has retained his seat in Melford with 1,614 votes, while the Peninsula Division was won by Liberal Democrat David Wood with 1,337 votes.

So far the other seats have been won by Conservative candidates,

James Finch, the current county council cabinet member for highways and transport, retained his seat in the Stour Valley Division with 1,428 votes.

Colin Spence also retained his seat, in Sudbury East and Waldingfield, with 1,169 votes, Christopher Hudson elected as the councillor for Belstead Brook with 867 votes, Peter Beer retaining his seat in Great Cornard with 902 votes and Gordon Jones elected as the councillor for the Samford division with 1,502 votes.

The final seat in the district was won by Conservative candidate Michael Fraser who picked up 847 votes.

Outside the district in St Edmundsbury, the Conservative’s Mary Evans was elected in the Clare Division with 2,445, a majority of 1,900.

Mr Kemp, who increased his majority, said: “I feel very honoured and I would like to place on record my extreme thanks for the support from people who bypass the political labels and reward the person that does the work. And I know that I do work hard.”

Mr Spence said he was very pleased and encouraged that people had continued to vote for him.

He added his was a slightly different challenge, representing both rural voters and those in Sudbury.

Speaking on the ambitions for the next four years he said: “There is now quite a big Conservative majority and there will be discussions on what the priorities are.

“For me locally we have still got the Chilton Woods development, that hasn’t happened.

“There is the relief road, I hope that will come up in the next four years.”

Mr Spence paid tribute to his former colleague Mr Sayers but said he was confident he could work well with Sudbury Division councillor Mr Owen, having worked together in the respective roles previously.

“We’ve worked together before. Yes there were political differences but we did work closely and well together.”

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