THE THURROCK CONSERVATIVES have gained Ockendon after a dead heat between them and Labour saw lots being drawn.
In a tense night, there had to be three recounts but with the votes tied, it came down to the drawing of lots.
Both parties gained 696 votes.
Under the electoral law, the returning officer, Lyn Carpenter, then drew lots.
The name of the Conservative candidate, Andrew Jeffries, came out.
Andrew Jeffries (The Conservative Party): 696
Les Strange (The Labour Party): 696
Allen Mayes (The Thurrock Independents): 531
Total Votes: 1929
CON: 36.2% (+7.8)
LAB: 36.2% (+11.2)
TI: 27.6% (+27.6)
Conservative GAIN from UKIP.
No UKIP (-46.5) as prev.
TI: Thurrock Independents.