Tories Lose Control Of Essex Councils

Voters in Essex appeared to be deserting the Conservatives as the party suffered losses to Ukip in the local elections.

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The Tories have lost control of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point and Southend.

Ukip has so far gained 34 seats and is now the second largest party in Basildon.

A Ukip source said there was no particular strategy to target Essex, adding: "It's just a reflection on how organised we are becoming in areas of the country.''

Labour has managed to keep control of Harlow but has lost control of Thurrock.

Rochford continues to be a Conservative led party and there is no change for Colchester which remains a party of no overall control.

Counting for Epping Forest is due to start at 9.30am.


BASILDON           Seats
Ukip                  12
Conservatives     18
Labour               10
Independent       2
Lib Dem             1
No overall control


BRENTWOOD       Seats
Conservatives     18
Lib Dems            11
Independent       5
Labour               3
No overall control


CASTLE POINT     Seats
Conservatives       20
Independent        16
Ukip                    5
No overall control


COLCHESTER         Seats
Lib Dem               25
Conservatives       23
Labour                 8
Independent         3
Vacant                 1
No overall control


HARLOW             Seats
Labour                17
Conservatives      11
Ukip                   5
Labour


ROCHFORD         Seats
Conservatives     26
Lib Dem             3
Ukip                  3
Green                2
Independent      2
Labour              1
Conservative


SOUTHEND         Seats
Conservatives     19
Independent      13
Labour               9
Ukip                  5
Lib Dems           5
No overall control


THURROCK         Seats
Labour              23
Conservatives    18
Ukip                  6
Independent      2
No overall control

 

EPPING FOREST      Seats

Labour  1

Conservatives 37

Ukip 2

Independent 2

Conservative












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