Conservatives to control Suffolk County Council after taking majority

Counting under way in Lowestoft for the Suffolk County Council elections in the Waveney area. Photo:

Counting under way in Lowestoft for the Suffolk County Council elections in the Waveney area. Photo: Amy Smith. - Credit: Amy Smith.

Suffolk County Council will continue to be a Conservative-controlled authority after challenges from other parties failed to materialise.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP either lost ground or failed to make significant gains.

Labour made two gains but lost four seats in Waveney to the Conservatives, while UKIP lost all nine of their seats in the county.

At 2pm the Tory win in the Blackbourn division, near Thetford, confirmed the group had reached 38 seats required for a controlling majority on the council.

In total the Conservatives made 14 gains and now hold 50 of 75 seats.


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The Conservatives also beat UKIP in Exning and Newmarket, Whitehouse and Whitton and Stowmarket South.

In north Suffolk, both Labour seats in Pakefield were lost to the Conservatives. Belstead Brook also made the same switch.

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The Green Party made gains in Beccles and Corsford, while the Liberal Democrats retained three seats.

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