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LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS: Bury St Edmunds Town Council




Bury St Edmunds Town Council is on a knife-edge, with the balance of power lying in its only Independent councillor.

The town council now has eight Labour councillors, eight Tory councillors and one Independent councillor.

This marks a significant blow for the Conservatives and a new era for the council, which previously had 13 Tory members, two Labour and two Independent.

Former Conservative chairman of the council Andrew Speed has lost his seat in Abbeygate, with Tory Jo Rayner and Labour's Nicola Janelli-Popham being elected.

He said: "We have made great progress in the last four years. It's very disappointing to lose but the town has a lot going for it and I wish the new town council all the best."

Tory Tom Murray has lost his St Olaves seat, with Paul Hopfensperger, Independent, and Katie Parker, Labour, taking the two seats.

Tom Murray said that he was disappointed to lose his place on the council, but that his ill health had prevented him from campaigning effectively.

"I'm just sorry that I can't continue my hard work for St Olaves," he said.

Conservative Tom Murray has lost his seat in the St Olaves ward Picture by Mark Westley. (9600575)
Conservative Tom Murray has lost his seat in the St Olaves ward Picture by Mark Westley. (9600575)

He added that he and his Conservative colleagues are 'suffering' as a result of the main party's leadership.

Mother and son duo Diane and Kevin Hind, both Labour, remain on the council and will represent the Tollgate ward.

Kevin Hind said he was happy to see it become a 'family affair' in Tollgate.

He added: "I'd also like to welcome several new colleagues to the town council and wish them well for the future."

Cliff Waterman, Labour, has also taken the seat in Eastgate ward.

In the Minden ward, Conservative Robert Everitt holds on to his town council seat, with Labour candidate Donna Higgins taking the other from Tory Clive Springett.

However, Richard Rout and John Augustine, both Conservative, have won the Westgate ward and will remain on the town council.

John Augustine said: "I'm just pleased that people have given me the opportunity to serve them and by the grace of God I will do it."

Richard Rout added that although it has been a 'difficult day' elsewhere - the Tories suffered losses at the West Suffolk Council count earlier today - he is 'absolutely delighted' to have been elected on to both councils.

Labour's Darren Turner has won a seat on Bury St Edmunds Town Council. Picture by Mark Westley. (9600574)
Labour's Darren Turner has won a seat on Bury St Edmunds Town Council. Picture by Mark Westley. (9600574)

"It was an interesting campaign. Everyone wanted to talk about national issues but we kept trying to bring it back to town issues like open spaces, play areas and heritage assets which I think we do really well."

Ann Williamson and Patrick Chung, both Conservative, have also retained their place on the council having been elected in the Southgate ward.

See here for more on the West Suffolk Council results: West Suffolk Council count

The Out Westgate ward has been won by Labour's Darren Turner.

Mother and son duo Diane and Kevin Hind celebrate their win Picture by Mark Westley. (9602469)
Mother and son duo Diane and Kevin Hind celebrate their win Picture by Mark Westley. (9602469)

This is the first time Darren has stood in local elections and said he wanted to focus on environmental issues during his time on the council.

"I'm really happy. I live in the ward so I get to represent my friends and my neighbours," he said.

"I'll do everything I can to make Out Westgate a great community to live in.

"To be able to build a brilliant community would be superb. I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me."

The Moreton Hall ward was uncontested, with Peter Thompson, Conservative, Cyrille Pierre Bouche, Labour, and Tony Whittingham, Conservative, taking the three seats.

Reporter Rhoda Morrison will also be bringing you the latest on Twitter @RhodaFMorrison

See below for results:

ABBEYGATE (Two seats)

Nicola Janelli-Popham (Labour) - ELECTED

Jo Rayner (Conservative) - ELECTED

Andrew Mark Speed (Conservative)

EASTGATE (One seat)

Zachary Bastiani (Conservative)

Cliff Waterman (Labour) - ELECTED

MINDEN (Two seats)

Robert Dale Everitt (Conservative) - ELECTED

Donna Elizabeth Higgins (Labour) - ELECTED

Richard O'Driscoll (Labour)

Clive Roy Springett (Conservative)

OUT WESTGATE (One seat)

John Levantis (Conservative)

Darren Turner (Labour) - ELECTED

SOUTHGATE (Two seats)

Patrick Chung (Conservative) - ELECTED

Ian William Cullen (Labour)

Ann Kathleen Williamson (Conservative) - ELECTED

ST OLAVES (Two seats)

Paul Johann Hopfensperger (Independent) - ELECTED

Tom Murray (Conservative)

Katie Parker (Labour) - ELECTED

TOLLGATE (Two seats)

Diane Beverley Hind (Labour) - ELECTED

Kevin Hind (Labour) - ELECTED

Gem Speed (Conservative)

WESTGATE (Two seats)

John Anthony Augustine (Conservative) - ELECTED

Richard Raydon Rout (Conservative - ELECTED

Rosie Smithson (Labour)

UNCONTESTED BURY ST EDMUNDS TOWN COUNCIL WARD

MORETON HALL (Three seats)

Cyrille Pierre Bouche (Labour)

Peter Thompson (Conservative)

Tony Whittingham (Conservative)



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