UKIP advance in Rochford but Tories maintain majority

Southend Standard: UKIP success - Neil Hookway wins in Foulness and Great Wakering UKIP success - Neil Hookway wins in Foulness and Great Wakering

UKIP won three seats on Rochford District Council in Thursday’s elections as the Conservative grip loosened.

Labour also won their first seat on the council as the number of parties represented in the 39 seats increased to seven.

Despite losing three seats on the night, the Conservatives still have a majority 26 seats and escaped the chastening experience of their Tory colleagues in other parts of south Essex.

UKIP won the first two wards to be declared with Jamie Burton winning Grange and Neil Hookway victorious in Foulness and Great Wakering, proclaiming the win as a building block for the party.

He said: “This is a ground breaking result in this area.

“It is an extremely good result for us and is just a building block for us to help change and build the lives of our residents.”

It was not all positive for the Euro-sceptics though as they lost out in Hawkwell North, a hotly contested ward, as Conservative Jo McPherson maintained her seat by 68 votes over Rayleigh South county councillor Keith Gibbs.

She said: “I am looking forward to returning to work for a council that is debt free, award winning and lead by the Conservatives."

Labour’s Jerry Gibson unseated James Cottis in the Rochford ward to give his party a sole seat on the council.

He said: “I am very pleased, it was a hard fought campaign but I have been living in Rochford for 20 years and so have a bit of a personal vote in the town."

Elsewhere, Liberal Democrat Chris Black held his Downhall and Rawreth seat, for a 31st year on the council, as did sitting councillor Rochford District Residents’ John Mason in Hawkwell West, and the Green Party’s Michael Hoy in Hullbridge.

UKIP’s third seat was won by John Hayter in Trinity, and the Conservatives won their remaining five seats in Wheatley, Whitehouse, Hawkwell South, Hockley Central and Rayleigh Central.

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6:25am Fri 23 May 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Well done Linda...Langdon Hills!
Funny what a campaign to save a school does to a person who feels strongly about politics and how you've been treated!
Well done Linda...Langdon Hills! Funny what a campaign to save a school does to a person who feels strongly about politics and how you've been treated! saveDeanesschool
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7:06am Fri 23 May 14

alarminstaller says...

Regardless of the result local politicians MUST:

Try listening to the local people ' the times they are a changing '

Thank goodness people are beginning to vote for what is right and not the same party all their bloody lives.
Regardless of the result local politicians MUST: Try listening to the local people ' the times they are a changing ' Thank goodness people are beginning to vote for what is right and not the same party all their bloody lives. alarminstaller
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10:01am Fri 23 May 14

Seasider90 says...

Rochford Council doesn't listen to the people of Rayleigh that's for sure. Their house building plans prove that. Glad the little toad Cottis lost his seat. How can you possibly lose your seat to Labour in Tory land. UKIP on the March and the Tories running for the hills. Can't wait for the Euro election results.
Rochford Council doesn't listen to the people of Rayleigh that's for sure. Their house building plans prove that. Glad the little toad Cottis lost his seat. How can you possibly lose your seat to Labour in Tory land. UKIP on the March and the Tories running for the hills. Can't wait for the Euro election results. Seasider90
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3:04pm Fri 23 May 14

Eduado says...

So the people of Essex have shown their displeasure with the policies of the national parties by electing as their local councillors a number of Mauve and Yellow candidates instead of the blue, red or yellow ones. This warning to the central politicians normally does the trick so that's good. The only problem is that much of South Essex is now stuck with these people who, as local people, cannot of course make the UK independent which is their one policy it would seem.
I understand self governance and concentrating on our own piece of turf just off of mainland Europe. I was therefore disappointed that in my own very small part of the world in Hawkwell North, the elected councillor does not actually live in the ward and yet thinks she can represent the problems that the residents of the ward have to face everyday, too much building and not enough infrastructure for a start. The mauve and yellow candidate already has a role in the County Council and of course does not live in the ward. I wonder how much time he would have had to give to local politics in Hawkwell North?
So the people of Essex have shown their displeasure with the policies of the national parties by electing as their local councillors a number of Mauve and Yellow candidates instead of the blue, red or yellow ones. This warning to the central politicians normally does the trick so that's good. The only problem is that much of South Essex is now stuck with these people who, as local people, cannot of course make the UK independent which is their one policy it would seem. I understand self governance and concentrating on our own piece of turf just off of mainland Europe. I was therefore disappointed that in my own very small part of the world in Hawkwell North, the elected councillor does not actually live in the ward and yet thinks she can represent the problems that the residents of the ward have to face everyday, too much building and not enough infrastructure for a start. The mauve and yellow candidate already has a role in the County Council and of course does not live in the ward. I wonder how much time he would have had to give to local politics in Hawkwell North? Eduado
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9:01am Sun 25 May 14

RayleighNobby says...

Eduado wrote:
So the people of Essex have shown their displeasure with the policies of the national parties by electing as their local councillors a number of Mauve and Yellow candidates instead of the blue, red or yellow ones. This warning to the central politicians normally does the trick so that's good. The only problem is that much of South Essex is now stuck with these people who, as local people, cannot of course make the UK independent which is their one policy it would seem.
I understand self governance and concentrating on our own piece of turf just off of mainland Europe. I was therefore disappointed that in my own very small part of the world in Hawkwell North, the elected councillor does not actually live in the ward and yet thinks she can represent the problems that the residents of the ward have to face everyday, too much building and not enough infrastructure for a start. The mauve and yellow candidate already has a role in the County Council and of course does not live in the ward. I wonder how much time he would have had to give to local politics in Hawkwell North?
I live I Rayleigh where a UKIP councillor has been for over a year, lives on the patch and has NOT been seen or done anything for our residents!
my mother-in-law lives in Hawkwell North needed help, got hold of her councillor right away and it got sorted.
Speeks volumes to me regardless of where they live!!!
[quote][p][bold]Eduado[/bold] wrote: So the people of Essex have shown their displeasure with the policies of the national parties by electing as their local councillors a number of Mauve and Yellow candidates instead of the blue, red or yellow ones. This warning to the central politicians normally does the trick so that's good. The only problem is that much of South Essex is now stuck with these people who, as local people, cannot of course make the UK independent which is their one policy it would seem. I understand self governance and concentrating on our own piece of turf just off of mainland Europe. I was therefore disappointed that in my own very small part of the world in Hawkwell North, the elected councillor does not actually live in the ward and yet thinks she can represent the problems that the residents of the ward have to face everyday, too much building and not enough infrastructure for a start. The mauve and yellow candidate already has a role in the County Council and of course does not live in the ward. I wonder how much time he would have had to give to local politics in Hawkwell North?[/p][/quote]I live I Rayleigh where a UKIP councillor has been for over a year, lives on the patch and has NOT been seen or done anything for our residents! my mother-in-law lives in Hawkwell North needed help, got hold of her councillor right away and it got sorted. Speeks volumes to me regardless of where they live!!! RayleighNobby
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10:05pm Sun 25 May 14

Sensible Man says...

We must get rid of all the left-wing filth.They are anti-English scum. Boot the left- wing filth out!!!!
We must get rid of all the left-wing filth.They are anti-English scum. Boot the left- wing filth out!!!! Sensible Man
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9:35pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Sensible Man wrote:
We must get rid of all the left-wing filth.They are anti-English scum. Boot the left- wing filth out!!!!
Listen to yourself...you are demented with hate of others with different views...how crazy is that?
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: We must get rid of all the left-wing filth.They are anti-English scum. Boot the left- wing filth out!!!![/p][/quote]Listen to yourself...you are demented with hate of others with different views...how crazy is that? ThisYear
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