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Three of these seats are in Babergh with Jessie Carter taking Sudbury from Labour, Simon Harley winning a seat In Peninsula and Robert Lindsay increasing his majority in Cosford – Lavenham and the villages around it.
Robert Lindsay, re-elected in Cosford said: “We are now the main opposition in Suffolk to the Conservatives. I don’t think anybody, not least the Conservatives will deny that. It is incredibly exciting because we achieved so much just with three Green councillors in pushing the council to adopt Green measures. Imagine what nine of us can do!”He added: “People say what is the secret of success – I say, it’s just bloody hard work by the candidates, combined with the fact that people now genuinely want action, not just talk, on climate and ecological issues.”
Jessie Carter was thrilled with the result, she said. "I'd like to start by thanking everyone from the green party for their guidance and round the clock support, they have all been incredible.
A huge thank you to everyone that went out and voted, for all the postal voters and a massive thank you to those who switched from their normal vote to support me. I'm looking forward to the future; working with the council to make Sudbury the place it deserves to be and representing residents who have felt ignored for so long.
Simon said," I'd like to give a massive thank you to the people of the Peninsula for the fantastic support you have given me, and the emphatic vote of confidence on 6th May
I'm looking forward to getting to grips with the new role on the County Council and will work with local people in the years ahead to preserve and enhance our beautiful Peninsula, and care for our populations.
I'd like to give special thanks to my predecessor Dave Wood who has set such a high standard to follow, and who was happy to support my campaign.
I am also very grateful for the Green Party team of supporters who have made this historic victory possible.
In Mid Suffolk Andy Mellen won Thedwastre North and Keith Welham won Stowmarket North and Stowupland, both from Conservatives. Meanwhile Andrew Stringer was re-elected in Upper gipping with an increased majority. In North East Suffolk (the former Waveney) Waveney Green Party won both seats in Beccles, as Peggy McGregor and Caroline Topping ousted long standing senior Tory Mark Bee. They also picked up Halesworth from the incumbent Conservative. Sadly they narrowly missed winning the Bungay seat. In South East Suffolk, Suffolk Coastal Green Party’s Rachel Smith-Lyte was just 33 votes away from winning Wickham from the incumbent Conservative and there was a narrow miss too for Matt Rowe and Steph Holland in Tower, Bury St Edmunds, where they were just a 100 or so votes behind the two Conservative and easily trounced Labour, LibDems and independents.
The full result can be found here