Conservative Kay Oakes holds county council seat in local by-election

New Conservative county councillor Kay Oakes. Picture: KAY OAKES

New Conservative county councillor Kay Oakes. Picture: KAY OAKES - Credit: Archant

Former Mayor of Needham Market Kay Oakes has been elected as the new county councillor for the area in a by-election.

The Conservative candidate held the Bosmere Division following the death of Anne Whybrow who won it off the Liberal Democrats in May 2017.

But it was a close result – Ms Oakes won with 747 votes from the Liberal Democrats’ Steve Phillips who won 726 votes. Labour’s Emma Bonner-Morgan to 168 votes. The turnout in Thursday’s by-election was 21.3%.

Ms Oakes has been mayor of Needham Market and chairman of the town council three times – and said she was going to carry on with Mrs Whybrow’s work.

“There are concerns about the access to the railway station in the town – and also the lack of police in the area which is growing fast.

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“I also want to help ensure the town benefits from the redevelopment of the old Mid Suffolk and Middle School sites.”

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