Graham Catchpole.

Reaction: Conservatives extend Waveney control as Graham Catchpole wins Beccles South by-election

Friday, November 16, 2012
2.01 PM

The Conservative Party has extended its control of Waveney District Council after Graham Catchpole won the by-election for Beccles South.

Mr Catchpole, who is mayor of Beccles, received 520 votes, with Nicky Elliott receiving 390 for the Green Party, Alan Green receiving 379 for Labour and Doug Farmer receiving 35 for the Liberal Democrats. The turnout was 33pc.

Mr Catchpole said: “It was a tough battle for three weeks against the Greens who put up a hard fight, but I had a good team behind me and was supported up until the last minute.

“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me and now the hard work begins.

“I am glad to be involved in Waveney District Council as there will be more opportunities to do what I want to do in Beccles to help and improve the town. It is a great opportunity to do what I set out in my election address - to get every opportunity for funding to improve the town and south Beccles in particular which needs more amenities and public services.”

Mark Bee, leader of Suffolk County Council, said: “I am very pleased with the result. The key had been a very good local councillor, who as mayor of Beccles, could not be more involved in his local community and will do all the hard work needed to represent his ward.”

He added: “The turnout of 33pc is a significant one as it is probably one of the highest in the whole of the country’s elections yesterday, showing that people have voted for issues they feel are important.”

The result means that Waveney District Council now comprises 24 Conservatives, 22 for Labour, one for Green and one independent, Peter Collecott, who the Conservatives rely on for support.

The by-election was called after the resignation of Labour’s Alan Thwaites because of ill health.