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The Conservatives have lost control of the council but no other party has a majority of seats. NOC stands for 'No Overall Control'. Find out more about these results.
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Hundreds of ballot papers were rejected across Essex with many people making their feelings on Brexit and politics in general known by spoiling their papers.
Basildon Council saw 794 papers rejected while more than 280 were spoiled in Rochford.
Some voters have said they spoilt their ballots in protest against the government handling of Brexit and the lack of a party to represent them.
The Conservatives have lost control of Basildon Council after Labour and independents made in-roads into their majority.
The Tories remain the largest party but Labour now has 15 seats, six are with independents and UKIP has one.
it will now be for the Labour group to see if it can form a coalition to run the authority.
Labour have won five of the first seven seats declared in Basildon Borough Council's elections.
In a strong early showing the party has taken Laindon Park from the Conservatives with John Scarola elected.
Conservative Kevin Blake has won in Burstead while Independent Pauline Kettle has taken Nethermayne.