Twelve votes puts Conservatives back in charge of Bury St Edmunds Town Council

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The Conservatives are back in charge of Bury St Edmunds Town Council for the first time in four years, following a by-election which they won by a 12 vote margin.

Former town mayor Frank Warby was narrowly elected back onto Bury St Edmunds Town Council last week, polling 198 votes against Labour’s Nicola Popham who had 186 votes.

The by-election was called following the resignation of Ross Taylor.

The result means the Conservatives now have nine out of the 17 members on the council, giving them control.

“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 afterwards.

The Conservatives last held an overall majority in 2009 but lost that and in the 2011 elections Labour took control with all but one of their councillors elected unopposed.