THE Conservative Party has retained political power at Essex County Council with an increased majority after residents countywide voted yesterday.
Now all the votes have been counted, the political makeup of the council is as follows:
Conservatives – 56 seats
Liberal Democrats – 7 seats
Labour – 6 seats
Independent – 2 seats
Canvey Island Independent Party – 2 seats
Independent Loughton Residents Association – 1 seat
Green – 1 seat
That means the Conservatives have an increased majority of 37 seats.
Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch, said: “I am delighted to have been given a mandate from the people of Essex to continue to carry on our work to make the county the best place to live and work, where our most vulnerable people are protected as well as given the chance to live independent lives.
“I am also looking forward to continuing to work in our new organisation as we restructure and change our culture in order to meet the challenges and opportunities we will face over the coming months.”
To see results for all 75 seats in 70 divisions go to our special election results page at www.essex.gov.uk/elections