Lib Dems gain Hoxne by 13 votes

THE Tories suffered their first reverse in Suffolk since the General Election when the Liberal Democrats gained the Mid Suffolk district council seat of Hoxne in a by-election.

By Graham Dines

THE Tories suffered their first reverse in Suffolk since the General Election when the Liberal Democrats gained the Mid Suffolk district council seat of Hoxne in a by-election.

Following the death of Conservative councillor Chris Lawrence, Dr Evelyn Adey won the by-election on Thursday with a majority of 13 on a swing of 13.7%.

Labour, which did not fight the seat when Mr Lawrence was elected in 2003, put up a candidate but only polled 54 votes.

Result in detail:

Dr Evelyn Adey (LD) 308, Elizabeth Gibson-Harries (Con) 295, Gary Deeks (Lab) 54. Maj 13. LD gain from Con. Swing 13.7% Con to LD. Turnout: 40.3%.

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2003 result: Con 463, LD 275. Maj 188.

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