Suffolk County Council elections

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Suffolk County Council in England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2005, 75 councillors have been elected from 75 wards.[1]

Political control[edit]

Since 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973 - 1993
No overall control 1993 - 2005
Conservative 2005 - present

County Council composition[edit]

Election Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat Green UKIP Other Total
1973 45 25 3 - - 3 76
1977 66 7 1 - - 2 76
1981 45 27 0 - - 4 76
1985 50 23 3 - - 4 80
1989 46 26 4 - - 4 80
1993 26 31 19 - - 4 80
1997 30 32 14 0 0 4 80
2001 31 36 12 0 0 1 80
2005 45 22 7 0 0 1 75
2009 55 4 11 2 1 2 75
2013 39 15 7 2 9 3 75

Composition since 1973[edit]

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2005



2009


2013


Council elections[edit]

By-election results[edit]

1993-1997[edit]

Broomhill By-Election 3 October 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 571 41.9
Conservative 554 40.6
Liberal Democrat 237 17.4
Majority 17 1.3
Turnout 1,362
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

1997-2001[edit]

Ipswich Bridge By-Election 10 June 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 569 51.5 -1.5
Conservative 391 35.4 +3.4
Liberal Democrat 144 13.0 -2.0
Majority 178 16.1
Turnout 1,104
Labour hold Swing
Peninsula By-Election 6 April 2000[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Wood 1,193 66.3 +1.2
Conservative Stephen Williams 504 28.0 -6.8
Green Anthony Slade 102 5.7 +5.7
Majority 689 38.3
Turnout 1,799 31.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

2001-2005[edit]

Thedwastre South By-Election 17 January 2002[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jane Storey 991 47.4 +7.9
Liberal Democrat Carol Milward 982 47.0 +8.5
Green John Matthissen 116 5.6 +5.6
Majority 9 0.4
Turnout 2,089 28.6
Conservative hold Swing
Ipswich Town By-Election 2 May 2002[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevan Lim 819 53.6 -0.6
Conservative Anthony Ramsey 369 24.3 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Robin Whitmore 331 21.8 +1.1
Majority 450 29.6
Turnout 1,519 24.3
Labour hold Swing
Ipswich St. Clements By-Election 25 July 2002[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Janet Sibley 645 38.0 +4.3
Labour Neil MacDonald 588 34.6 -14.2
Liberal Democrat Robin Whitmore 465 27.4 +9.9
Majority 57 3.4
Turnout 1,698 29.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Blything By-Election 1 August 2002[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Raeburn Leighton 989 54.5 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Peter Perren 716 39.4 -8.0
Labour Catherine Knight 111 6.1 +6.1
Majority 273 15.1
Turnout 1,816 35.8
Conservative hold Swing
Wickham By-Election 6 March 2003[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Bellfield 1,114 50.9 +7.2
Liberal Democrat Ronald Else 870 39.7 +8.5
Labour Valerie Pizzey 206 9.4 -15.8
Majority 244 11.2
Turnout 2,190 31.2
Conservative hold Swing
Gainsborough By-Election 1 May 2003[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Quinton 711 45.5 -15.1
Conservative Adam Ramsay 463 29.4 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Catherine Chambers 313 20.1 +6.1
Christian Peoples Jonathan Barnes 74 4.7 +4.7
Majority 248 15.8
Turnout 1,561 24.5
Labour hold Swing
Felixstowe Ferry By-Election 5 February 2004[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Rodwell 1,401 65.5 +12.9
Liberal Democrat Cherrie MacGregor 456 21.3 +0.6
Labour Harriet Bennett 281 13.1 -13.5
Majority 945 44.2
Turnout 2,138 32.0
Conservative hold Swing
Woodbridge By-Election 15 April 2004[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Benjamin Redsell 990 43.8 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Diana Ball 867 38.3 +9.9
Labour Roy Burgon 194 8.6 -18.4
English Democrats Robert Jay 139 6.1 +6.1
Green Gordon Forbes 71 3.1 +3.1
Majority 123 5.4
Turnout 2,261 32.0
Conservative hold Swing

2005-2009[edit]

Stowmarket South By-Election 2 February 2006[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anne Whybrow 733 35.0 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Keith Scarff 668 32.0 +9.5
Green Twiggy Davis 354 16.9 +4.7
Labour Duncan Macpherson 337 16.1 -15.2
Majority 65 3.0
Turnout 2,092 29.0
Conservative hold Swing
Pakefield By-Election 4 May 2006[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Sale 1,338 36.5 +2.8
Labour Terence Kelly 1,097 29.9 -1.2
UKIP Derek Hackett 592 16.1 +16.1
Liberal Democrat Peter Guyton 397 10.8 -6.0
Green Ann Skipper 243 6.6 -1.0
Majority 241 6.6
Turnout 3,667 32.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Row Heath By-Election 8 June 2006[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Noble 1,222 61.5 +20.7
UKIP Ian Smith 297 14.9 +5.6
Labour David Bowman 219 11.0 -11.1
Liberal Democrat Tim Huggan 118 5.9 -7.1
Independent David Chandler 110 5.5 -9.3
Independent David Hitchman 22 1.1 +1.1
Majority 925 46.6
Turnout 1,988 27.0
Conservative hold Swing
Thedwastre South By-Election 23 August 2007[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Penny Otton 927 41.8 +7.5
Conservative Julia Dunnicliffe 833 37.5 -9.4
Green Cathy Cass 287 12.9 +12.9
Labour Ron Snell 88 4.0 -14.8
UKIP Chris Streatfield 85 3.8 +3.8
Majority 94 4.3
Turnout 2,220 32.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Stowmarket North and Stowupland By-Election 17 April 2008[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Green 834 38.8 -0.7
Liberal Democrat Nicky Turner 781 36.3 +18.1
Green Nigel Rozier 231 10.7 +1.6
Labour Duncan Macpherson 190 8.8 -24.5
UKIP Christopher Streatfield 114 5.3 +5.3
Majority 53 2.5
Turnout 2,150 27.0
Conservative hold Swing
Woodbridge By-Election 18 September 2008[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Caroline Page 970 41.8 +2.3
Conservative Nigel Barratt 826 35.6 -4.4
Independent Michael Weaver 378 16.3 +16.3
Labour Roy Burgon 147 6.3 -14.2
Majority 144 6.2
Turnout 2,321 37.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing

2009-2013[edit]

Aldeburgh and Leiston By-Election 6 May 2010[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Smith 2,240 44.7 -2.8
Independent Joan Girling 1,439 28.7 n/a
Labour Terry Hodgson 668 24.8 +11.6
Majority 801 16.0 -7.0
Turnout 5,009 66.2 +26.2
Conservative hold Swing
Wilford By-Election 5 May 2011[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Reid 1,913 54.7 -5.8
Liberal Democrat Christine Hancock 796 22.8 -7.4
Labour Roy Burgon 758 21.7 +12.4
Majority 1,117 31.9 +1.6
Turnout 3,495 54.1 +5.1
Conservative hold Swing 0.8
Bixley By-Election 3 May 2012 Bixley Results 3rd May 2012[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Murray 866 43.6
Labour Co-op John Cook 566 28.5
UKIP Chris Streatfield 229 11.5
Green Barry Broom 189 9.5
Liberal Democrat Peter Bagnall 127 6.4
Majority 300 15.1
Turnout 1988 35
Conservative hold Swing
Kesgrave and Rushmere St Andrew By-Election 9 February 2012[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Gerard Hudson 1302 49.3
Labour Kevin Eric Archer 804 30.4
Liberal Democrat Derrick Peter Fairbrother 514 19.4
Majority 498 18.9
Turnout 2639 17.1
Conservative hold Swing



References[edit]

  1. ^ "County Councillors". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Suffolk". BBC News Online. 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Local election results: Suffolk". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Past election results". Babergh District Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Thedwastre South". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Wickham". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  7. ^ "Liberal Democrats win Yoxford by-election". Suffolk Coastal District Council. 2004-02-06. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  8. ^ "Conservatives hold Felxstowe South seat". Suffolk Coastal District Council. 2004-04-23. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  9. ^ "Stowmarket South by-election results". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  10. ^ "Greens build on election success". London: guardian.co.uk. 2006-05-12. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  11. ^ "Pakefield by-election results". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  12. ^ "Row Heath by-election results". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  13. ^ "Lib Dems snatch shock win in council by-election". 24dash.com. 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  14. ^ "Thedwastre South By-election Results". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  15. ^ "Stowmarket North and Stowupland by-election results 2008". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  16. ^ "19 September 2008 - Woodbridge by-election". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2008-09-25. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Aldeburgh and Leiston by-election results". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  18. ^ "Wilford by-election results". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  19. ^ a b "By-Election Results in 2012". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 

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