Conservatives retain Wrentham in Waveney District Council by-election

Craig Rivett, the new Conservative district councillor for Wrentham ward in Waveney.

Craig Rivett, the new Conservative district councillor for Wrentham ward in Waveney. - Credit: Archant

A rural council ward in Waveney has been retained by the Conservatives in a by-election - albeit with a reduced share of the vote.

People living in the Wrentham ward - which includes Benacre, Covehithe, Brampton, Frostenden, Henstead, Hulver Street and Wrentham - had the chance to choose a new district councillor yesterday (Thursday, May 5) after Conservative Martin Parsons resigned to take up a new job supporting victims of jihadist violence in the Middle East.

Craig Rivett has now retained the seat for the Conservatives after scoring 335 votes, with his nearest challenger - Labour's Paul Tyack - getting 252.

That left the Conservatives with a 40.41 per cent share of the vote, compared to Labour's 30.39 per cent. The turnout for the by-election was 46.04 per cent.

Dr Parsons has won the seat last year with a 56.9 per cent share of the vote, although there was a higher turnout last year as the poll coincided with the general election.

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Also standing were the UK Independence Party's Andrew Bols, who got 156 votes, Liberal Democrat Christopher Thomas, who got 46 votes, and Green Party candidate David Brambley-Crawshaw, who polled 40 votes.

Mr Rivett was a senior manager for Royal Mail and said ahead of the election: 'Working with unions, I delivered business improvements, maintaining service to customers and protecting earning opportunities for staff.

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'I hope to carry on Martin Parsons' great work.'

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