Date set for by-election following resignation of disgraced councillor

A by-election which could change the balance of power on a north Suffolk council has been set for December 19 following the resignation of a controversial councillor.

The Waveney District Council by-election was sparked by the resignation of disgraced councillor Andrew Draper, three months after he admitted drink-driving and assaulting a police officer.

The Conservatives have control of the council with the support of an independent chairman but the people of Worlingham now hold the keys to power at next month's by-election. If Labour were to win the seat they would become the largest group on the council.

At the last election in May, the Tories won the two Worlingham seats comfortably with Andrew Draper taking 951 votes and Mark Bee winning 1,046. The nearest Labour challenger secured 655 votes.

Prospective candidates have until noon on Tuesday, November 22 to register.

Polling stations will be at Worlingham Primary School and Fortrey Heap Village Hall in North Cove.

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