By-election joy for Tories

THE results of two west Suffolk by-elections have resulted in victories for Conservative candidates in both wards.Angela Sewell, representing the Conservative group, won the Red Lodge seat on Forest Heath District Council with a total of 209 votes.

THE results of two west Suffolk by-elections have resulted in victories for Conservative candidates in both wards.

Angela Sewell, representing the Conservative group, won the Red Lodge seat on Forest Heath District Council with a total of 209 votes.

Julie Middleton, of the Liberal Democrats, won 132 votes, while Brian Woodcock, of the West Suffolk Independent Alliance, polled 131.

Turnout for the by-election, forced following the death of popular Independent councillor Allan Duncan, was 38%. Ms Sewell's win further strengthens the Conservative's hold on the council.


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Meanwhile, Gordon Cox, the Conservative candidate, won the Haverhill East by-election for a seat on St Edmundsbury Borough Council with 520 votes.

Mabon Dane, of the Haverhill Representative Alliance, polled 376 votes, George Hatchell, the Labour candidate, won 363 votes, and Leslie Warmington, of the Liberal Democrats, claimed 189 votes.

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Turnout for the by-election was 28.3%.

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