It fell to me to break the bad tidings when she actually arrived, as I was pretty convinced that she had lost. And, as in 2006, when I called the third seat in South Camberwell for the Greens long before they did, I was right. The final result in Upper Gipping:
- Andrew Stringer (Green) - 1818 votes
- Caroline Byles (Conservative) - 1323 votes
- Mark Valladares (Liberal Democrats) - 262 votes
- John Cook (Labour) - 183 votes
So, the only seat to change hands in Mid Suffolk went from the Conservatives to the Greens.
Overall, across Suffolk, with two-seat Chantry ward (held by Labour previously) still to declare - they couldn't declare yesterday and we won't get a result until Monday apparently - the state of Suffolk is:
- Conservatives - 54 seats (+10)
- Liberal Democrats - 11 seats (+2)
- Labour - 3 seats (-15)
- Greens - 2 seats (+2)
- Independents - 2 seats (one of which sits with the Liberal Democrats) (n/c)
- UKIP - 1 seat (+1)
We gained Hardwick in Bury St Edmunds from an Independent who had left the Conservatives previously, and St Helen's in Ipswich from Labour. That makes us the official opposition in Suffolk...