Thursday's election results were a strong endorsement of Labour's stewardship of Ipswich Borough Council, as we won 13 out of the 16 wards in the borough.
In Holywells ward, Barry Studd was elected - with a ten vote majority - as the first ever Labour councillor for the ward, which was introduced as part of the 2002 boundary changes in Ipswich.
Elsewhere across the Borough, Labour held on to all the seats held prior to the election including ultra-marginal, Stoke Park, won by Labour & Co-operative candidate Tracy Grant - the time Labour has won the ward since 2012 - the high-tide mark of the previous electoral cycle, and in Sprites ward, Colin Smart won back the seat lost to the Tories in a by-election held on the same day as the General Election.
The Labour Group will meet this evening to elect its officers for the following year.
This election was fought on a platform of demonstrating the many positive changes Labour is making in Ipswich in difficult circumstances and comparing this to the cuts and damage that occur with an ideologically driven Tory Council running down Suffolk County Council's services.
We take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted Labour on Thursday.