Election 2017

Election results 2017: Tories pip Labour in Thurrock

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Image caption Conservative Jackie Doyle-Price kept her Thurrock seat with a majority of just 345 over Labour's John Kent

Labour has failed to take the one seat in Essex it was tipped to have had a chance of winning.

Conservative Jackie Doyle-Price kept her Thurrock seat with a majority of just 345 over Labour's John Kent.

Mrs Doyle-Price said: "I didn't expect to win tonight. I will continue to serve the people of Thurrock to the best of my ability."

She praised Mr Kent, saying the result reflected the "many years of service" he had given the people of Thurrock.

Elsewhere the Conservatives have held their seats in Basildon, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping, Harwich and North Essex, Harlow, Rayleigh and Rochford and Southend East.

Analysis: Simon Dedman, BBC Essex political reporter

The people of Essex have spoken and voted to try to give Theresa May the majority she wanted.

But Labour has seen a surge in support and has come second in every seat - pushing UKIP first to third in Clacton and overtaking former Lib Dem MP Sir Bob Russell in Colchester.

Labour was 345 votes shy of getting an Essex MP in Thurrock. But for the triumphant Tories comes turbulence, as nationwide the party has no strong and stable majority and have lost seats overall.

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