Conservatives triumph in local elections

STAFF at Suffolk County Council were given assurances over jobs today as Conservatives stormed to power in the local elections.After 12 years in the wilderness in Suffolk, they ousted the Labour and Liberal Democrats to take control of the county council with a crushing majority.

STAFF at Suffolk County Council were given assurances over jobs today as Conservatives stormed to power in the local elections.

After 12 years in the wilderness in Suffolk, they ousted the Labour and Liberal Democrats to take control of the county council with a crushing majority.

The Tories now have 45 councillors on the new authority while Labour has 22, the Liberal Democrats 7 and there is one Independent.

Tory leader Jeremy Pembroke said he was "absolutely delighted" at his party's triumph, and immediately signalled plans to freeze recruitment of non-frontline staff unless it could be proved the jobs were necessary.

He said: "Two thirds of this council's costs goes on salaries. We have to cut Suffolk's overheads, and keep central administration costs under control, but I want to assure staff that we are not about to purge jobs."

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