Council elections 2016: Labour holds Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich Borough Council election count
Image caption Counting gets under way at Ipswich Corn Exchange - there was a 33% turnout of voters

Labour has strengthened its hold on the only council it runs in Suffolk with two gains at the expense of the Tories.

The party regained control of Ipswich Borough Council in 2012 and before Thursday's vote it held 31 out of the 48 seats.

Seventeen seats were up for grabs election and Labour now has 33 councillors.

The Labour council leader David Ellesmere retained his seat in the Gipping ward.

Image copyright Ipswich Borough Council
Image caption David Ellesmere retained his Gipping ward seat and the leadership of the council

Mr Ellesmere failed in his bid to become Ipswich MP in the 2015 general election - losing out to the sitting Conservative MP Ben Gummer.

The turnout was 33%.

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