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- Live results as they break from south Essex election counts
- Reaction and analysis from reporters on the ground
- See the latest pictures, video and updates as they happen around the county
It has been an eventful night for the south of the county with UKIP storming Conservative strongholds to win seats and Labour now having a presence on Rochford District Council.
Full analysis and reaction plus pictures, the state of the parties and a run down of what happens next for our councils will be laid out in a special report in Monday's Echo.
Hope you have enjoyed this evening's coverage, goodnight.
The final declaration of the night is Conservative. Jack Lawmon takes the Wheatley ward in Rochford by 96 votes
Conservative Robin Dray is re-elected in the Whitehouse ward, Rochford, beating UKIP candidate Jason Hodson
Labour win - Jerry Gibson unseats Conservative James Cottis by 58 votes in Rochford ward
It's gone 4am, we have three more wards to declare and I can hear the birds singing outside. #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
Mr Hayter said: "The Conservatives were a tough nut to crack but I am pleased to have finally done it after 8 years." #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
Narrow UKIP win in Trinity ward, Rochford. John Hayter beats Bob Milne by just 37 votes. Conservative loss.
With four declarations to go, Con have 4 seats, UKIP 2, Green, Lib Dem and RDR all have 1. #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
After three recounts and 11 lost papers, Thurrock Council's Tilbury & St Chad's ward held by Labour's Steve Liddiard with a margin of 18.
Green Party holds Hullbridge easily. Michael Hoy polls 1057 votes to win by 822
Looks like we have a decision... Labour hold, just. Awaiting confirmation. Remarkable stuff. #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
UKIP might drag this through courts, though, I'm told that's unlikely. Still much debate at that ward count table. #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
Returning Officer Graham Farrant seems content that because margin is bigger than number of votes missing, there is no prob. #EssexElection— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
Ok, update on Tilbury St Chads ward count. Those 11 votes remain missing. But margin is 18 so looks like it will be declared #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
Conservatives easily hold Hockley Central by margin of 599 votes. Carole Weston stays on
Another Tory hold in Rayleigh Central - Margaret Spencer wins
There are now 12 UKIP councillors in Basildon - before tonight there was only one.
John Mason, Rochford District Residents, retains his seat in Hawkwell West by a large majority of 552 votes
Just Rochford left to declare now - as usual!
UKIP have taken both seats in Lee Chapel North for Basildon Council
So after the first 5 declarations we currently stand at UKIP 2, Tory 2, Lib Dem 1. #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
Labour have lost control of Thurrock Council
McPherson: "I work hard and thankgoodness the people of Hawkwell North saw that." #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
Conservatives hold Hawkwell North - Jo McPherson beats Keith Gibbs by 68 votes, 576 to 508
Little Thurrock Blackshots ward is held by the Conservatives
Defeated - Pam Challis of Castle Point Council
It's the biggie coming up next Tory v UKIP in Hawkwell North, who will win? #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
Conservatives hold Orsett ward on Thurrock council
The first Conservative win of the night on Rochford Council. Heather Glynn retains Hawkwell South
Next to count we have Hawkwell West, Hockley Central, Hullbridge and Rayleigh Central. Hawk S about to be announced. #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
UKIP gain Stifford Clays ward in Thurrock
Breakdown in the Homesteads: Con: 1,153, UKIP: 1018, Lab: 509
Homesteads ward, Thurrock, held by the Conservatives
UKIP take Langdon Hills. Tory Sandra Hillier ousted
Lib Dem Chris Black retains his Downhall & Rawreth seat on Rochford Council in a landslide win
Tony Ball said it's not his admistration's fault he lost; he blames himself #essexelections— @IBurbidge7 23 May 2014
Two wards down in #Rochford and two UKIP wins, trends from elsewhere in Essex continue here. #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
UKIP's Neil Hookway take Foulness & Great Wakering from the Tories on Rochford Council
More seats going to UKIP in Thurrock and Rochford, the party has seen huge success tonight
UKIP take Aveley and Uplands ward on Thurrock Council
UKIP take Ockendon seat on Thurrock Council from the Tories
First Rochford District Council declaration - UKIP's Jamie Burton wins Grange ward, Rochford, beating Lib Dem Chris Stanley
So make up of @SouthendBC is now: 19 Tory 13 Ind 9 Lab 5 Lib Dem 5 UKIP 1 independent member #essexelections— @GeorgeNewsSport 23 May 2014
Labour hold Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park
Ockendon is next to be announced. Anyone's guess who has won this one. Incumbent Tory Lynn Carr isn't confident though... #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
Can't have many more to do in Basildon and Thurrock now... Rochford have yet to declare any!
Thurrock Council's Tory leader Phil Anderson loses seat to UKIP
Basildon Council leader Tony Ball loses his Wickford North seat to UKIP. Candidate Peter Holliman is elected.
Labour hold Grays Riverside ward on Thurrock Council
Been a good hour for Labour here in #Thurrock #EssexElections— @GaryPearson13 23 May 2014
Dep cll leader Barbara Rice thanks Chadwell St Mary residents for 'coming up trumps' for her again... #EssexElections http://t.co/h1F3Ua4U7d— @GaryPearson13 23 May 2014
Labour's Barbara Rice holds onto her Chadwell St Mary seat despite a strong fight from UKIP - only 118 votes in it!
Labour hold Chadwell St Mary ward in Thurrock
Labour lose Fryerns ward, Basildon, to UKIP - the party's seventh win in Basildon tonight
Labour hold Grays ward on Thurrock Council
Labour hold West Thurrock and South Stifford on Thurrock Council
So at the moment Tories have 15 seats, UKIP 6, Labour 10 #essexelections— @IBurbidge7 23 May 2014
Kevin Robinson and Michael Royston win for Labour in Southend's Westborough ward
Jane Ward & Valerie Morgan win their Leigh Town Council by-elections
UKIP take Pitsea South East - the sixth seat of the evening
I think that makes Rob Gledhill, leader of the Tory party in Thurrock. Awaiting confirmation. #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
Celebrations - UKIP in Thurrock
Independent candidate Derek Kenyon takes Southchurch ward, Southend, from the Tories
As we wait for proceedings to really get going, Tory leader Terry Cutmore is showing off pics of his newborn grandson. #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
Tories regroup and look rather shell shocked after leader of group Phil Anderson is unseated by Ukip #EssexElections http://t.co/tuO0mEuvSH— @GaryPearson13 23 May 2014
Across south Essex, UKIP has now won 15 seats (by my very quick tallying up)
Lib Dem Ted Lewin loses St Laurence ward, Southend, to UKIP
Votes in Stanford East and Corringham town:
Thurrock Conservative leader Phil Anderson has lost his Stanford East and Corringham town to UKIP
Labour's Margaret Borton retains Victoria ward, Southend
Just had a quick chat with the new Belhus UKIP Cllr Chris Baker. "Extremely proud" at winning at third attempt for UKIP #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
Andrew Moring keeps Eastwood Park seat in Southend for the Conservatives
Lib Dem Eastwood Park candidate, Nora Goodman, says it's the last time she will stand for election. "It's goodbye", she says
Conservative Nigel Folkard keeps Chalkwell ward in Southend
Chris Hatton: So the Tories have lost Thorpe, St Luke's, West Shoebury, Shoebury, Milton, Kursaal...so far. A terrible night for the Conservatives and there's more to come.
Independent Martin Terry says Independents did so well in Southend tonight because they don't take the electorate for granted
Tory Alex Kaye loses Thorpe ward, Southend, to the Independents' Martin Terry who scoops 2,362 votes
UKIP gain a Labour stronghold as deputy mayor Wendy Curtis loses her seat on Thurrock Council. Labour not lost in Belhus for at least 12 years
Terrible night for the Tories here in Southend...they've just lost Thorpe ward to Independents...
Tory Roger Hadley loses Shoeburyness seat to Independents
Basildon Conservatives have now lost four seats and are out of control of the council
John Dornan loses Laindon Park seat on Basildon Council to UKIP's Mark Ellis
Tory leader Terry Cutmore is expecting things to be tight, with potential losses to UKIP given results elsewhere #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
Conservative Mo Butler retains Belfairs ward, Southend
However, some long-standing councillors such as Carole Mulroney in Leigh and Fay Evans in West Leigh have held on to their seats on Southend Council
Needing a quick regroup after the flurry of results declared from Castle Point and Southend. Along with Basildon's results so far, it seems UKIP have done very well out of the elections this year.
Tory Mo Butler retains Belfairs ward, Southend. She praises MP David Amess for inspirational support
Labour takes Southend's Milton ward from the Conservatives - Cheryl Nevin elected
UKIP gain St George's ward on Castle Point Council
Tory candidate in Milton ward, Southend, thanks Voltarol for helping with his knees during election campaign!!!!
Labour's Cheryl Nevin takes Milton seat from the Tories in Southend
Lib Dem Carole Mulroney holds Leigh ward on Southend Council
Malcolm Buckley loses Wickford Castledon seat to UKIP's Alan Ball
South Chafford in Thurrock held by the Conservatives
UKIP gain Appleton ward on Castle Point Council
UKIP take Prittlewell seat from Lib Dems - the fourth Southend Council seat won by the party tonight
Ukip takes its fourth Southend seat of the night - Prittlewell. Seat taken from the Lib Dems.
A lot of focus around Stifford Clays. Another where Ukip are expected to do well... #EssexElections http://t.co/qZURk4YxIf— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
Third Southend seat goes to UKIP - Tories lose Kursaal to Lawrence Davies
Tory Sally Carr loses Southend's St Luke's ward to the independents
Taking stock so far, UKIP have taken several seats across south Essex.
In Basildon, Pitsea North West and Nethermayne.
In Castle Point, the council leader Pam Challis lost her seat to the party and UKIP also won Cedar Hall ward.
In Southend, UKIP took West Shoebury and Blenheim Park wards.
Still declarations to come in for those areas and Thurrock and Rochford are still to declare any seats.
Tory Sally Carr, who is defeated in St Luke's thanks residents for giving her an "amazing" four years on Southend Council
Tory Sally Carr loses St Luke's ward in Southend to the Independents
Conservative Fay Evans holds West Leigh for the Tories
UKIP gain Cedar Hall ward on Castle Point Council - their second seat on the council
UKIP take Blenheim Park ward in Southend - Floyd Waterworth takes 851 votes compared to Conservative Helen Boyd's 728
Tory candidate Fay Evans keeps West Leigh ward in Southend for the Conservatives. She thanks residents for their faith in her
West Shoebury Conservative councillor Tony Cox is ousted from his seat on Southend Council by UKIP's James Moyies. He took 1226 votes compared to Mr Cox's 926. Labour's Matthew Dent won 355 and Lib Dem Charlie Row had 156 votes.
Ukip take Blenheim Park, Southend, from the Lib Dems. Second Ukip seat of the night
Castle Point Council leader Pam Challis has led the council for 11 years. Tonight, she has lost her seat to UKIP's Ron Hurrell in the latest victory for the party. The council's balance of power hangs on whether UKIP continue their surge in the borough.
UKIP take West Shoebury seat in Southend
Ukip's James Moyies takes West Shoebury seat from Tory cabinet member Tony Cox. Moyies says Ukip's work starts here. The party, he says, has to prove itself in council
Pam Challis, leader of Castle Point Council, loses her seat to UKIP
Jubilant - Canvey Island Independent party at the Castle Point election count
Tories lose West Shoebury to Ukip
Canvey Island Independent Party hold Canvey North ward comfortably
Results coming through faster now, although still no sign of any from Rochford!
Conservatives narrowly keep St Mary's ward - beating UKIP by just 45 votes
Canvey South taken by Canvey Island Independents
Looking from my vantage point I think Kursaal will declare first. And UKIP look to be in lead at moment! #essexelections— @GeorgeNewsSport 23 May 2014
Canvey Winter Gardens was also held by CIIP with Peter Greig keeping his seat.
Jane King scoops 636 votes to take Canvey Island West ward for the CIIP. Conservative Jay Blissett had 509 votes and Labour's Bill Deal came third with 124.
According to Basildon count reporter Ian Burbidge, the leader of Basildon Council, Tony Ball, could be ousted from his Wickford seat. We are still awaiting the official declaration.
I'm hearing Tony Ball could be in trouble in Wickford... #essexelections— @IBurbidge7 23 May 2014
Canvey Island Independent Party win Canvey West and Canvey Winter Gardens wards
Mother & son - Kerry Smith and Imelda Clancy UKIP's two new councillors on Basildon Council
Teresa Webster, the Conservative candidate in Aveley & Uplands ward claiming UKIP have won there - dubs it "a protest" #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
Castle Point Council is due to start declaring results soon
Castle Point count
Conservatives keep Billericay East - Andrew Schrader wins
Total votes cast in Southend is 43,454 #essexelections— @GeorgeNewsSport 23 May 2014
People are tight lipped in Rochford, no-one letting on anything. The first whispers I hear, you'll hear next. #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
First results coming within the next few minutes here I think. #castlepoint #essexelections— @ianweinfass 23 May 2014
strong #tory vote in Canvey west apparently. No #ukip candidate there. Glimmer of hope for the administration? #essexelections— @ianweinfass 23 May 2014
Tense - Party members chat at the Thurrock count
So...could we be looking at a joint Independent/Ukip administration at Southend? It's looking possible....#essexelections— @chris_hat1 23 May 2014
Tories say they are "thoroughly depressed" by the look of their results. Nothing's been announced yet though #essexelections— @chris_hat1 23 May 2014
RT @GeorgeNewsSport: Local MPs James Duddridge & David Amess are here for Southend count #essexelections http://t.co/fvop7atiCt— @spiritwriter66 23 May 2014
Euro turnout 34.5pc #essexelections #castlepoint— @ianweinfass 23 May 2014
Conservatives hold Basildon Council's Crouch Ward - cabinet member Terri Sargent wins
Mum & son duo Imelda Clancy and Kerry Smith take two Basildon Council seats for UKIP
Well done mum...well done son...! Ukip's two latest councillors #Basildon2014 #EssexElections http://t.co/Hpwue3MBCX— @GaryPearson13 23 May 2014
Kerry Smith wins Nethermayne seat on Basildon Council for UKIP
Southend turnout is 32.95 per cent #essexelections— @GeorgeNewsSport 23 May 2014
A possible casualty could be #Tory Tony Cox, a Southend cabinet member. There are fears he's lost West Shoebury essexelections— @chris_hat1 23 May 2014
32.95 per cent turnout across borough of Southend, says council chief exec Rob Tinlin
Turnout looks decent. Dep Leader of @thurrocklabour, @BarbaraThurrock tells me turnout v high in Chadwell, where she's up #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois has arrived in Rayleigh, he's not missed anything - we're still a way from the count #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
Another insider tells me Ukip have taken six seats in #Southend. Just a prediction. #essexelections— @chris_hat1 23 May 2014
UKIP take Nethermayne
UKIP won PItsea North West with 1,156 votes. Lib Dem took 73 votes, Conservatives 427 and Labour 906
Looks likely another seat in Basildon for UKIP... awaiting the official declaration
I understand UKIP may have won Nethermayne #essexelections— @IBurbidge7 23 May 2014
Tories looking pretty despondent. I think they fear the loss of many seats they are defending in #Southend #essexelections— @chris_hat1 23 May 2014
Watch the results come in here and see how they stack up against the other candidates
Tory seats looking vulnerable are Southchurch, West Shoebury, Milton, Kursaal, St Luke's, Thorpe. Could the Tories lose all the seats they are defending in Southend East? The look on their faces suggest that might happen
Imelda Clancy, UKIP, takes Pitsea North West - 250 votes ahead of Labour's Melissa McGeorge
Our deputy editor, Chris Hatton, says #Southend Tories are looking very worried. One councillor said Ukip had taken a huge amount of votes at the expense of the other main political parties.
Ukip win comfortably - 250 votes ahead of nearest rival Labour in Pitsea North West... #EssexElections— @GaryPearson13 23 May 2014
First declaration in - UKIP take Pitsea North West
So early rumours, and they are only rumours at the moment, are that UKIP may have taken two Southend seats and four in Thurrock. We await the official declarations...
Rayleigh there are still boxes and boxes of voting papers yet to be verified - we're here all night #essexelections http://t.co/j8RfpbPAhs— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
Ukip draw first blood in Basildon... #EssexElections— @GaryPearson13 23 May 2014
Who fancies some early rumours? And they are just rumours at the mo, but it seems UKIP may have had a VERY successful day #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 23 May 2014
It seems to be UKIP's night...
Ooooooh. Another forecast that Tories have lost #Kursaal ward to UKIP. Who knows? Tension is building here #essexelections— @chris_hat1 23 May 2014
Am told #ukip didn't have the personnel in place to field a full slate here. #essexelections— @ianweinfass 23 May 2014
It seems a lot of the discussion around the counting tables in every town this evening is how well UKIP will do in the local elections. Pundits say the party will have been boosted by the fact the local council elections were held on the same day as the European ballot.
Incidentally, most of the chatter here is about how many seats #ukip will take. They're standing in 8 wards, all mainland. #essexelections— @ianweinfass 23 May 2014
#Southend Euro election ballot papers will be taken to Southend police station and guarded until they are counted on Sunday #essexelections— @chris_hat1 23 May 2014
We have yet to start the count in Rochford. Looks like it's going to be a long night. #Essexelections— @PJones_Echo 23 May 2014
Politicians here suggest #Ukip has taken #Southchurch ward in Southend from the Tories. We wait with anticipation to see...#essexelections— @chris_hat1 22 May 2014
Matt Abott reports some councillors at the Thurrock count have their own tally charts and are trying to keep up with the counting themselves so as not to be surprised by the result
Last to arrive were the entire Canvey Island Independent contingent #essexelections— @ianweinfass 22 May 2014
Council leader Pam Challis and MP Rebecca Harris arrived about half an hour ago #essexelections— @ianweinfass 22 May 2014
Counting still not started in #Southend. Chief exec Rob Tinlin says officials are coming to the end of verification process #essexelections— @chris_hat1 22 May 2014
Turnout is 34.1 per cent in Nethermayne 27.4 per cent in Pitsea North West - higher than national average #essexelections— @IBurbidge7 22 May 2014
Just a reminder that even though European votes were cast today, results will not be released until Sunday #Essexelections— @PJones_Echo 22 May 2014
Cllr Anderson, leader of Thurrock Conservatives, whose seat is under threat tonight
All ballot boxes are at Thurrock and the count is well underway
(3/3) ...of these things come tomorrow. Very few people find themselves in that kind of situation." #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 22 May 2014
(2/3) ...to take control of the council in a few hours. Equally there's a possibility I could not be doing either... #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 22 May 2014
(1/3) Cllr Anderson: "Either I'm going to carry on as leader of the Cons., I could even be in negotiations to take... #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 22 May 2014
..UKIP getting anything less than 30 per cent of the local vote here in Thurrock. He expects to win several seats!— @GazetteMatt 22 May 2014
He says "it's looking good" here. Claims the @UKIPThurrock campaign was "unavoidable" and would be "disappointed" with... #essexelection— @GazetteMatt 22 May 2014
I've just spoken to Tim @Tim_Aker - Head of Policy @UKIP and the "unofficial" Thurrock group leader... #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 22 May 2014
The Mill Hall is filling up with candidates now, people so far looking relaxed - how long will that last? #Essexelections— @PJones_Echo 22 May 2014
Southend Council's Rob Tinlin on stage at the Southend count in a very jazzy tie!
Boxes of ballot papers stack up as the verification of the papers begins
Politicians now arriving at Garon Park #Southend as verification of votes gets under way #essexelections http://t.co/nRQc8IfQ8A— @chris_hat1 22 May 2014
Ballot boxes being carried in to the Southend count
Just spoke to Phil Turner, who says his Tory group could look at UKIP as allies I if they tumble out of control #essexelections— @IBurbidge7 22 May 2014
County Councillor Keith Gibbs (UKIP) won Rayleigh South in county elections last year. He's standing in Hawkwell North today #Essexelections— @PJones_Echo 22 May 2014
Seats to watch in #Southend are Shoebury and West Shoebury, St Luke's and Thorpe where Tories face serious challenge #essexelections— @chris_hat1 22 May 2014
Some Tories saying Independents have done well in #Southend elections #essexelections— @chris_hat1 22 May 2014
So this is what the poor counters are faced with in #Thurrock count. Separating papers beforehand: #EssexElections http://t.co/Wn9Y7SLdd5— @GazetteMatt 22 May 2014
Current Conservative councillor for Foulness and Great Wakering, Trevor Goodwin, is standing as an Independent today #essexelections— @PJones_Echo 22 May 2014
Our earlier fire alarm was due to someone leaning on the button btw #essexelections— @ianweinfass 22 May 2014
Verification has begun in Southend but they are still waiting for the last few ballot boxes to arrive. Bets are being placed for the first ward to declare!
The view from the Towngate. #essexelections http://t.co/gZtUM52mcB— @IBurbidge7 22 May 2014
Every box from Castle Point has now arrived and the counting has begun
ROCHFORD District Council is a Conservative stronghold, with 29 of the 39 seats held by Tories – with two others by Independent Conservatives.
A third of the seats are up for reelection, nine of them Conservative, so even if they were to lose all nine, they would still hold a majority of 20.
But with a series of controversial council decisions, such as increasing parking fees and plans for new homes, Conservative seats may not be as safe as they once were.
SOUTHEND could witness a historic transfer of power.
Few people expect the Tories to keep their wafer-thin majority on Southend Council after the election, but whether the group can maintain its 14-year grip on power is a tougher question.
The council will definitely have a new leader as West Leigh Conservative Nigel Holdcroft is standing down after seven years.
Deputy leader John Lamb will replace him as Tory leader, but he is likely to face a tough battle to form an administration as even Conservatives secretly admit they are likely to lose several seats in the east of the borough.
Assumed position at @BasildonCouncil count, where plenty of boxes are being sifted through, #essexelections— @IBurbidge7 22 May 2014
CASTLE POINT council leader Pam Challis will have a fight on her hands to keep her seat.
She has led the council for 11 years – successfully fending off more than one Tory challenge to her position, but now the threat she has is from outside.
Ukip’s Ron Hurrell will be confident he can cause an upset in her St Peter’s ward.
The Eurosceptic party didn’t stand in the seat in 2012, but it is within the Thundersley division won by Ukip’s Jamie Huntman last year, so a major shock could be on the cards.
The council’s balance of power could hinge on whether Ukip continues its surge in the borough.
Other wards in the party’s crosshairs include Tory-held St George’s which is within the Thundersley seat.
The party, who pundits predict will also benefit from the local elections being held on the same day as the European poll, also won the South Benfleet seat on the county council last year. The seat includes Appleton and St Mary’s wards where the Conservatives could be vulnerable.
The traditional Tory heartland of Billericay could also see an upset, as the fallout from the council’s housing plan continues.
The Tory administration had initially put the west and eastern side of the town in the firing line for more than 2,000 homes – but has since U-turned on that after fears over traffic and congestion were raised by County Hall.
However, the climbdown is unlikely to be made official before the summer when the local plan is ratified. The Tories faced a huge backlash in the town when it announced its housing plans – mostly on the green belt – with residents claiming Billericay can’t cope.
Resident groups were set up, while fuming locals demanded a referendum.
That could still come back to haunt the Tories with Ukip, the Lib Dems, and Labour all fielding candidates in the four Billericay wards.
It could be all change for Basildon Council because the Tory administration could fall after 12 years.
The Conservatives could lose their vice-like grip on power they have held for more than a decade if they lose just three out of the 11 seats they are defending.
While we are waiting for results, let's have a look at the picture so far...
It's getting busy here. The first ballot box has arrived. It's from Chafford South! #EssexElections— @GazetteMatt 22 May 2014
The evening has already had it's first hiccup... A fire alarm has gone off at the Castle Point count
The polls closed at 10pm and now the ballot boxes are being collected and taken to local centres for counting. We will bring you the latest results, analysis and reaction for each of the counts across the south of the county.
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