Essex

Liberal Democrats lose 11 seats in Chelmsford

The Conservatives have held Chelmsford Borough Council where the Liberal Democrats lost 11 seats.

All seats were up for election in Chelmsford, where the Conservatives gained 10 seats and Labour gained one.

The new council will be made up of 40 Conservative councillors, 15 Lib Dems, one Labour councillor and one independent.

Conservative MP for Chelmsford Simon Burns said he was thrilled by the "fantastic local election results".

He said: "We now have councillors in parts of Chelmsford where we have never had them since I became the MP in 1987.

"To capture nine seats from the Liberal Democrats is frankly amazing and to have a greatly increased majority of 23 is over four times what the majority was before."

The Conservatives also gained Tendring District Council from no overall control.

They gained five seats, Labour won two seats and the Lib Dems lost four.

Across Essex the Conservatives have held nine councils.

They are Rochford and Harlow District councils and Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Maldon, Uttlesford and Southend-on-Sea Borough councils.

Labour gains

In Rochford, where one third of wards were up for election, the Lib Dems lost one seat and an independent gained one.

The council will be made up of 32 Conservatives, four Lib Dems, one Green councillor, one Residents Association councillor and one independent.

In Harlow, where one third of wards were up for election, the Conservatives lost one seat, the Lib Dems lost two and Labour gained three.

The new council in Harlow will be made up of 17 Conservatives, 14 Labour councillors and two Lib Dems.

In Southend-on-Sea, where one third of wards were up for election, the Labour Party lost two seats and independents gained two.

The council will be made up of 28 Conservative councillors, 10 Lib Dems, four Labour councillors and nine independents.

No change

Uttlesford remained under Conservative control with the Tories gaining seven seats and the Lib Dems losing six.

Epping Forest, Maldon and Braintree all remain under Conservative control.

In Basildon, where a third of wards were up for election, the Labour Party gained one seat and the Lib Dems lost one.

The council will be made up of 29 Conservative councillors, 11 Labour councillors and two Lib Dems.

In Brentwood a third of wards were up for election. The Tories gained one seat and the Lib Dems lost one.

The new council will be made up of 28 Conservative councillors, seven Liberal Democrats, one Labour councillor and one independent.

One third of wards were up for election in Castle Point Borough Council where no seats changed hands.

The new council will be made up of 25 Conservative councillors and 16 independents.

There was no change at Colchester Borough Council and it remains with no party in overall control.

Thurrock remains a hung council after Labour took two seats from the Conservatives but this was not enough to wrest control.