UKIP win Stowmarket South seat from Torys

Stephen Searle, UKIP, has won the Stowmarket South division in the county council elections
Stephen Searle, UKIP, has won the Stowmarket South division in the county council elections

UKIP have pulled off a shock election win in Stowmarket with Stephen Searle beating Conservative Anne Whybrow to a county council seat - by just one vote.

Ballots for the fiercely fought Stowmarket South division were counted four times at Trinity Park, in Ipswich, before the final result was read out.

Councillor Searle won the election with 578 votes with Councillor Whybrow, who is also a town councillor and Mayor of Stowmarket, on 577 votes.

Speaking soon after the announcement, Cllr Searle said it was a great day for UKIP.

He said: “I have been told this hasn’t happened before, having just one vote in it - it is a first for Stowmarket.

“I am really grateful to the people who have voted for me.

“People are getting fed up of the normal three parties - we are an alternative.”

The Stowmarket North and Stowupland division seat was held by Conservative Councillor Gary Green with 830 votes with UKIP’s Colin Lay second with 586.

Although she was clearly disappointed, Councillor Whybrow said she was determined to run again.

She said: “I am like a stick of rock, I have got Stowmarket all the way through me.

“I will run again for Stowmarket - One vote doesn’t get rid of me.”