Friday, 2 May 2008
Thurrock Council election night
In a mixed night for both major parties, Thurrock Council's make-up remains remarkably unchanged - despite gains and losses across the board.
Before Thursday's (1 May) elections in 18 of Thurrock's wards, the Conservatives were the largest party with 24 seats, Labour had 22, there were two Independents and one Independent Socialist.
Following the count - which ran until 2.30am - The Conservatives, Labour and the Independents had the same number of councillors and the British National Party picked up one.
The Conservatives gained the Stanford East and Corringham Town seat, with former Thurrock Youth MP Danny Nicklen defeating Labour's Gordon Gambier; while Labour picked up West Thurrock and Stifford - Oliver Gerrish taking the seat from Tory Gareth Davies.
Labour also picked up the Tilbury St Chads seat, formerly held by the retiring Independent Socialist Val Liddiard - Lynn Worrall is now the local councillor.
In the by-election held in Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park ward where Paul Attah had resigned, the seat was won by the British National Party's Emma Colgate.
Thurrock Council's Leader, Cabinet and Mayor will be decided at full council on 21 May 2008.
For full details of the results, go to Thurrock Council's website at www.thurrock.gov.uk and follow the links.