Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Election 2013: Conservatives lose all seven seats in Lowestoft

21:39 03 May 2013

Election count for Waveney divisions of Suffolk County Council at Waterlane leisure centre, Lowestoft. Janet Craig (Labour) holds Harbour division.

Election count for Waveney divisions of Suffolk County Council at Waterlane leisure centre, Lowestoft. Janet Craig (Labour) holds Harbour division.

©Archant 2013

THE Conservative Party was left reeling in Lowestoft last night after elections defeats at Suffolk County led to it losing all of its seven seats in the town.

shares

Yesterday’s county council elections mean there are no Conservative councillors representing Lowestoft’s four divisions after UKIP held its one seat and took two others and the Labour Party gained the other five.

But the Tories held their five seats in the Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and Kessingland and Southwold divisions.

And at county level the Tories suffered further setbacks as the party’s 35 majority was cut down to just three thanks to Labour/Labour Co-operative’s 11 seat gain to a total of 15 seats to become the opposition instead of Liberal Democrats and the election of nine UKIP councillors.

Mark Bee, the leader of Suffolk County Council who held his Conservative seat in Beccles, said: “As a party we are seeing a problem in urban areas where UKIP is squeezing votes.

“If you look at places like Lowestoft you now have three main parties – the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP.

“Clearly there was also some form of mid-term government protest against the party.

“It is a bit disappointing as we have run a tight ship at the council for the last four years and have gained a good reputation for what we have done.”

Yesterday’s results saw Colin Law, the leader of Waveney District Council and Mike Barnard, Waveney’s cabinet member for resources, lose their county seats in the Gunton division.

The Labour Party now hopes it can repeat yesterday’s five seat success in the Oulton, Lowestoft South and Pakefield divisions by toppling the Conservative-led Waveney District Council, which holds its full election in 2015.

Tod Sullivan, from the Waveney Labour group said: “I think today has been a really good day for us.

“We are gaining real momentum in Lowestoft and want to widen that out across Waveney.

“People in the town don’t want the Conservatives in power on both sets of councils.”

Before the election UKIP councillor for Lowestoft South Bill Mountford had been the only non-Conservative county councillor in Lowestoft and was the only UKIP councillor for Suffolk in 2009’s elections.

He has been joined in Lowestoft by UKIP councillors Bert Poole and Derek Hackett, of the Lowestoft South and Oulton Division respectively.

Mr Mountford said: “People are disillusioned with the existing parties and doubt their trust worthiness. The other parties don’t always follow up what they say at elections.

“We are now a viable and credible political party.”

shares

1 comment

  • Perhaps Colin Law will now do the honourable thing and resign gracefully. The Lowestoft Town Hall saga is a typically arrogant scheme and needs to be halted before any more money is squandered on self aggrandisement.

    Report this comment

    peter waller

    Friday, May 3, 2013

The A1092 through Clare was closed following the accident.

A cyclist who died following a road traffic collision in Clare on Sunday has been named as Sean Hickey from Connaught Road, Haverhill.

Mike and Natalie Gee are upset and worried at having to pay £13,000 for the council to make modifications to their home in Ipswich. Natalie has recently become paraplegic after a spinal injury and is in a wheelchair.

“I just want to be a mummy again” – that is the message from an Ipswich woman who was told she would never walk again by doctors.

Ipswich Town Hall.

District councils in Suffolk and north Essex spent more than £20million on redundancy packages over a five-year period, with some departing staff receiving six-figure payouts, an investigation has found.

County Hall, Chelmsford.

An Essex education chief has warned the government to “think carefully” about plans to force all schools to become academies – as figures revealed County Hall could lose more than £1billion in land assets if the proposals go ahead.

Pupils and students, outside Bealings Primary School, whowere due to strike today.

Schoolchildren across Suffolk are “on strike” in protest at controversial tests for six and seven-year-olds.

The new Ipswich police headquarters from insurance company offices in Civic Drive in July 1968

In the summer of 1968 the Ipswich Police Station moved from under the Town Hall to a new building at the junction of Civic Drive and Elm Street. 
Last June work started to demolish this landmark building and the site is now being converted to a temporary surface car park.

The Middy in the war years event at Mid Suffolk Light Railway at Wetheringsett.

A large number of visitors attended a Suffolk heritage railway’s annual 1940s event during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24