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 2005–2016
No overall control 2016-2017
Conservative 2017-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
2017 52 11 5 3 0 4 75

Composition since 1973[edit]

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2013


2017



Council elections[edit]

County result maps[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 Democrat 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 45.5 -2.0
Independent Joan Girling 1,439 29.2 n/a
Labour Terry Hodgson 1,243 25.3 +12.1
Majority 801 16.3 -6.7
Turnout 5,009 66.2 +26.2
Conservative hold Swing
Tower By-Election 11 November 2010[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stefan Oliver 1,005 28.8 0.0
Independent David Nettleton 950 27.2 +1.2
Labour Kevin Hind 759 21.7 +12.6
Green Pippa Judd 479 13.7 -13.4
Liberal Democrat David Chappell 300 8.6 -0.4
Majority 55
Turnout 3,505 20.9
Conservative hold Swing -0.6
Wilford By-Election 5 May 2011[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Reid 1,913 55.2 -5.4
Liberal Democrat Christine Hancock 796 23.0 -7.2
Labour Roy Burgon 758 21.9 +12.6
Majority 1,117 32.2 +1.8
Turnout 3,495 54.1 +5.1
Conservative hold Swing 0.9
Kesgrave and Rushmere St Andrew By-Election 9 February 2012[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Christopher Hudson 1302 49.7 -7.5
Labour Kevin Archer 804 30.7 +16.7
Liberal Democrat Derrick Fairbrother 514 19.6 -9.3
Majority 498 19.0 -9.3
Turnout 2639 17.1
Conservative hold Swing -12.1
Bixley By-Election 3 May 2012 [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Murray 866 43.8 -11.3
Labour Co-op John Cook 566 28.6 +15.0
UKIP Chris Streatfield 229 11.6 +11.6
Green Barry Broom 189 9.6 -4.4
Liberal Democrat Peter Bagnall 127 6.4 -10.9
Majority 300 15.1 -22.7
Turnout 1988 35
Conservative hold Swing -13.2


2013-present[edit]

Haverhill Cangle By-Election 7 May 2015 [21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Marks 3,001 38.9 +4.5
UKIP John Burns 2,313 30.0 +0.2
Labour Maureen Byrne 2,004 26.0 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Ken Rolph 404 5.2 -1.2
Majority 1,117 8.9 +4.3
Turnout 7,825 57.7
Conservative hold Swing +2.2
Newmarket and Red Lodge By-Election 18 February 2016 [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robin Millar 644 39.7 -4.9
UKIP Roger Dicker 494 30.5 +2.1
Labour Michael Jefferys 284 17.5 -3.2
Independent Andrew Appleby 123 7.6 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Tim Huggan 76 4.7 -1.6
Majority 150 9.2 -7.0
Turnout 1,625 18.0
Conservative hold Swing -3.5
Bixley By-Election 5 May 2016 [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul West 1,117 49.7 -8.7
Labour Rob Bridgeman 634 28.2 +3.5
UKIP Tony Gould 344 15.3 +15.3
Liberal Democrat Colin Boyd 154 6.8 +1.3
Majority 300 21.5 -12.2
Turnout 2,264 40.9
Conservative hold Swing -6.1
Haverhill Cangle By-Election 5 May 2016 [21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UKIP John Burns 1,273 36.8 +6.8
Conservative Margaret Marks 1,168 33.8 -5.1
Labour David Smith 838 24.2 -1.8
Liberal Democrat Ken Rolph 178 5.1 -0.1
Majority 105 2.8
Turnout 3,480 26.0
UKIP gain from Conservative Swing +6.0
Carlford By-Election 7 July 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robin Vickery 1,142 60.2 +1.4
Labour Revd Canon Graham Hedger 344 18.2 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Jon Neal 228 12.1 +4.2
Green Jacqueline Barrow 228 9.3 +9.3
Majority 798 42.0 +2.0
Turnout 1,895 27.4 -10.6
Conservative hold Swing -1.4
Hadleigh By-Election 22 September 2016[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Trevor Sheldrick 642 36.2 +12.0
Conservative Kathryn Grandon-White 460 25.9 -5.6
Labour Susan Monks 397 22.4 +5.8
UKIP Stephen Laing 204 11.5 -11.3
Green Lisa Gordon 70 3.9 -0.9
Majority 182 10.3
Turnout 1,777 26.9
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing +8.8

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" (PDF). Babergh District Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Thedwastre South" (PDF). Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Wickham" (PDF). Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  7. ^ "Liberal Democrats win Yoxford by-election" (PDF). Suffolk Coastal District Council. 2004-02-06. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  8. ^ "Conservatives hold Felxstowe South seat" (PDF). 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. ^ "Tower by-election results". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  19. ^ "Wilford by-election results". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  20. ^ a b c "By-Election Results in 2012". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 4 March 2013.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "s2012" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  21. ^ a b "Haverhill Cangle by-election results". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  22. ^ "Newmarket and Red Lodge by-election results". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  23. ^ https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/assets/council-and-democracy/consultations-petitions-and-elections/2016-09-23-Hadleigh-Declaration-of-results.pdf

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