Local Elections: Conservatives hold onto seats and gain a seat so far in St Edmundsbury

St edmundbury count at bury leisure centre

St edmundbury count at bury leisure centre - Credit: Archant

The results keep rolling in for seats on St Edmundsbury Borough Council, with the Conservatives holding onto seats and making a gain so far.

In Cavendish, Conservative candidate Peter Stevens has managed to hold onto the seat, which was this year contested for the first time in 42 years.

He gained 779 votes, while his opponent, UKIP’s Stuart Letten, brought in 406.

Mr Stevens said: “My feeling is that over the last 12 years had the residents not been happy with my work as a borough councillor they would have risen up against me, but it was exciting having opposiition.

“It does show though there’s a large right wing vote in this part of Suffolk and it’s a pity it [the vote] was split, but we have lots of work to continue in St Edmundsbury.”

Derek Redhead, Independent, a candidate for Wickambrook, lost his seat to Conservative Clive Pollington, who only had a six vote majority.

Mr Redhead had been a borough councillor for Wickhambrook for 20 years this year.

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