Former town mayor Frank Warby has been elected back onto Bury St Edmunds Town Council.
Cllr Warby polled 198 votes while Mrs Popham gained 186 votes.
The result now means that the Conservatives have regained control of the council for the first time in four years. They now have nine out of the 17 members on the council.
“I am delighted to be back on the town council and will do my very best to repay the trust that Risbygate voters have put in me,” said Cllr Warby.
The Conservatives held an overall majority in 2009 but lost that and in the 2011 elections Labour took control with all but one of their councillors being elected unopposed.
Labour still hold the chairman and vice chairman role of both the council and main committees.
However that could change at the council’s May annual meeting when the posts are subject to re-election.