The Conservatives have taken control of Basildon Council – but it’s been a mixed night of local election results in Essex.
The Tories took advantage of one of many UKIP collapses to take Basildon – while Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Epping Forest also remain blue.
Southend continues as a Conservative-led council – although Labour did gain two seats – while also maintaining control of Harlow.
Thurrock’s independents lost four seats – Labour took three but the council remains in no overall control.
And there’s also no outright lead party in Colchester – but Lib Dem leader Paul Smith’s lost his seat to the Tories.
Full Essex Results:
- Basildon: Conservative GAIN
- Brentwood: Conservative HOLD
- Castle Point: Conservative HOLD
- Colchester: NO OVERALL CONTROL
- Epping Forest: Conservative HOLD
- Harlow: Labour HOLD
- Rochford: Conservative HOLD
- Southend: Conservative HOLD
- Thurrock: NO OVERALL CONTROL