Mid Suffolk District Council

Election results for 2019

    Elected in 2019
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    16
    16
    -7
    Elected in 2019
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    12
    12
    +7
    Elected in 2019
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    5
    5
    +1
    Elected in 2019
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    1
    1
    -1

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'Bad day' for Tory leaders in Suffolk

Scenes from East Suffolk district
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East Suffolk has been formed from the merger of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district councils

It’s been a good day to be a Green or Independent in Suffolk, and a bad day to be a Conservative leader.

The Greens and independents have torn through the majorities of the Conservatives at Mid Suffolk, Babergh and the new West Suffolk district councils taking some senior Tories down with them.

At West Suffolk, they are in control as they were at the two councils it has replaced - Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.

However, in the process they lost three West Suffolk Conservative heavyweights - the former leader of Forest Heath James Waters, the former Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble and West Suffolk Conservative Association chairman Lance Stansbury.

When asked why they thought they had not retained district council seats, they told me it was the failure to deliver Brexit and because of that their message about local issues weren’t getting through.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Tories didn’t even manage to keep hold of their councils. They have now gone to no overcall control with the Greens taking the share of the gains, but it was an independent who managed to unseat the Mid Suffolk Conservative leader Nick Gowrley.

A different picture for the new East Suffolk Council where the Conservatives have retained their hold in the area formerly covered by Waveney and Suffolk Coastal councils where the merger has created the largest district council in the country by population.

The Conservatives didn’t get away completely unscathed though, they lost the ex-leader of Waveney District Council and Suffolk County Council Mark Bee - he lost his seat to the Greens.

The Conservatives were punished here in a county which had a majority of people vote to leave the EU.

Labour wasn’t punished - the party gained seats in Ipswich - the only Suffolk council it controls and they also have more seats on West Suffolk than they did on both Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.

Protest vote, Brexit backlash or maybe the need for some new politics, who knows what voters were thinking?

What we can be sure of is that what they decided on will be a new era for politics at district level in Suffolk.

No overall control at Mid Suffolk as one councillor wins by a single vote

One elector's vote at Mid Suffolk District Council was the difference for one Conservative councillor, but his party has lost control of the local authority leaving no single party in overall control.

The Conservatives have lost seven seats and now hold 16, with the Greens on 12, the Lib Dems five and one independent.

Ballot box
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That independent - Gerard Brewster - had sat in the council's cabinet with the Conservatives and he is expected to side with them again.

If the Greens and Lib Dems unite, both sides would end up with 17 seats each.

The St Peter's (Stowmarket) ward was decided in favour of the Tories whose candidate Paul Ekpenyong had 282 votes, compared to the 281 polled by the Lib Dems' David Child.

Conservative council leader Nick Gowrley lost his seat to the Lib Dems and the Conservatives' former Suffolk County Council deputy leader Jane Storey also failed to hold her seat.