Suffolk Conservatives won a massive majority and now hold 52 out of the 75 seats on the County Council. There are of course many reasons this has happened not least the hard work we have undertaken running the Council for the past 12 years, not to mention the position of the Conservative Party nationally as Prime Minister Theresa May seeks a mandate to send a strong message to Brussels that Brexit means Brexit and we will not be pushed about.
We won because we fought every single Division to win. Not to be paper candidates but to go out across Suffolk and engage with voters and talk about the issues we face on the County Council, sadly others did not.
Our manifesto promoted a strong positive vision about how we will lead Suffolk County Council over the next four years and we are busy building a Council priorities document for the next four years and annual plans to achieve the vision set out in our Manifesto
The Labour party campaign was entirely focussed on Ipswich, Lowestoft and Sudbury. Even then they lost three of their frontline spokespersons. Holding a few seats, 9 out of the 11 in Ipswich, one in Lowestoft and one in Sudbury.
The Lib Dems were reduced to just 5 seats.
After the dust settled Suffolk County Council looks like this
- Conservative: 52
- Green: 3
- Independent: 3
- Labour: 11
- Liberal Democrat: 5
- West Suffolk Independents: 1
Suffolk Conservatives now have a strong mandate to continue to lead Suffolk County Council and ensure that front line services are protected, the most vulnerable in our society are cared for and taxes remain as low as possible.