THURROCK LABOUR have gained overall control of Thurrock Council in a night of triumph for Labour.
Labour have 25 seats, Conservatives have 21 with two Independents and, in a shock result in Aveley a UKIP councillor.
Labour retained the key seat of Stanford West with Terry Hipsey winning by just 30 votes from the Tories. Next door, Richard Speight took Stanford East by over 270 votes.
There was a small compensation for the Tories as popular Barry Johnson won back Ockendon, a seat he lost. last year.
Up in Aveley, UKIP made a huge breakthrough as Robert Ray beat off the Tories and Independent to win by 47.
There were very disappointing turnouts with a number of seats in the low 20 percents. Both Tilbury and Sout Chafford had turn-outs of 19%.
Lib Dems had a disaster with one candidate only polling 19 votes. However, Claire Jones in Little Thurrock Blackshots polled 280.
Labour now have a two year period of rule in the council.