Colchester Borough Council

Election results for 2019

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Most Recent

Lib Dem national leader cites Brexit on visits in Essex

While Chelmsford's Conservative MP was "visibly upset" as her party lost its massive majority and control at the city council, one of the national party leaders has pitched up in the county town and in Colchester with a smile on his face.

Colchester was a target council for the Tories, but they lost one seat and it remains in a situation where no single party has overall control.

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has been congratulate local party members.

Vince Cable in Colchester
BBC

"It's not just Chelmsford - we've done massively well across the country," he said.

"People are fed up with the complete deadlock in government.

"The future of the health service, homelessness, underfunding in social services, education and knife crime have all been neglected.

"We want to stop Brexit and we want a 'people's vote' so that ultimately people can decide which way we go on the matter."

If you are joining us: Conservatives lose big in Essex

Doug Faulkner

BBC News Online

The Conservatives have lost control of four councils across Essex.

Chelmsford City Council was the scene of the biggest surprise. The Lib Dems overturned a 45-seat majority to take over the authority.

Southend, Basildon and Tendring fell to no overall control, while Thurrock and Colchester also remained without an outright majority.

There were Conservative holds in Castle Point, Maldon, Epping, Rochford, Brentwood and Braintree.

Harlow stayed under Labour control.

Lib Dems celebrate victory
BBC

Defeated Tory group leader: 'Brexit a contributing factor'

Doug Faulkner

BBC News Online

Colchester Borough Council Conservative group leader Darius Laws said Brexit had played a part in his in losing his seat to Green Mark Goacher.

He told BBC Essex: "Brexit definitely is a contributing factor but perhaps some bigger national newspapers have wanted it to be a bigger issue.

"It came up on the doorstep but people almost just shrugged their shoulders on it."

Colchester Borough Council: No Overall Control hold

Colchester Borough Council remains in no overall control after the Conservatives failed to gain the seat they needed for a majority.

To make matters worse for the Conservatives, their leader Darius Laws lost his seat in Castle ward to the Green Party's Mark Goacher.

Conservative leader loses seat in Colchester

Conservative group leader Darius Laws has lost in the hotly-contested Castle Ward in Colchester to Green Mark Goacher.

Colchester MP Will Quince had been out canvassing for Mr Laws in the run-up to the election.

Mr Goacher took 1,724 votes to Mr Laws' 901.

Darius Laws
BBC

Tight battle for Colchester

The Conservatives are one seat away from a majority on Colchester Borough Council that would see them wrest control from a Labour/Lib Dem/Independent coalition.

But Tory leader Darius Laws is fighting for his seat in the hotly-contested Castle ward and BBC Essex political reporter Charlotte Rose says he has some nerves about holding the seat.

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Colchester 'creaking' from homes growth

Colchester’s infrastructure is "creaking" under the pressure of housing development, according to politicians.

Colchester Castle
BBC

Once the Roman capital of Britain, the town is one of the fastest-growing areas in the region and part of plans for three "garden communities".

A third of the council's 51 seats are up for grabs.

Candidates for the borough council said housing had put pressure on health centres, schools and roads.

The Conservatives are a seat away from a majority that would overthrow the current "rainbow coalition" of Liberal Democrat, Labour and independent councillors.

Conservatives hope to hold on to Essex

Charlotte Rose

BBC Essex political reporter

A woman with a ballot box
PA

In Essex 14 councils are holding polls today, with a total of 359 seats up for grabs.

The Conservatives are defending 259 seats, while Labour have just 27 and other parties are defending 74 seats.

Braintree District is one of nine areas in England to be part of a voter identification pilot. The test is only going ahead after a man from Witham failed in his attempt to get the High Court to rule it unlawful.

In Colchester, the Conservatives need just one seat to take control of the council, currently run by a coalition of Liberal Democrats, Labour and Independents.

The Tories could see gains in some wards but lose their leader, who faces a tough battle against the Greens in Castle ward.

Tendring used to be the home of UKIP, which now has just five councillors remaining on the Conservative-run authority. Here the number of seats is reducing from 60 to 48, which could make it harder for the Tories to maintain control.