Conservatives maintain hold on Breckland Council

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Breckland Council will remain under control of the Conservative Party over the next four years following the 2015 district elections, matching the trend of Conservative dominance across Norfolk and Suffolk on all electoral levels.

A total of 42 seats were secured by Tory candidates in what was the first district election since major boundary changes within Breckland, which saw the number of wards fall from 32 to 27, and the number of councillors decrease from 54 to 49.

The UK Independence Party had the most gains, claiming four seats, while Labour won two and an Independent took one.

Notable results include a Conservative 1-2-3 sweep for Attleborough Queens and Besthorpe, resulting in the election of Tristan Ashby, David Oliver and Karen Pettitt, and further Tory success in the neighbouring Attleborough Burgh and Haverscroft, where the two seats went to Keith Martin and Adrian Stasiak.

In The Buckenhams and Banham, Conservative Adrian Joel secured the seat with almost triple the votes of his competitor, whilst it was another Tory win in Guiltcross for Marion Chapman-Allen. Uncontested seats include Bedingfield, which was taken by Conservative Mike Nairn, and Harling and Heathlands, which went to fellow Tory Ellen Jolly.