Colchester Council election results as they come in

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4:17am

Predictably enough, the big three parties all said they had a good day. Labour gained a seat and saw vote increase, the Conservatives also saw votes in key seats increase while the Lib Dems bucked national trends by successfully defending nine out of ten seats. The Lib Dem, Labour and independent administration running Colchester Council is likely to continue for a seventh year. Meanwhile, UKIP say the gap is narrowing after scoring a string of second places. That's it for tonight - a roundup story will go online shortly.

4:15am

It's all over and after all the drama, only one seat changed hands - Labour gained Berechurch from the Lib Dems.

3:49am

Former council leader Robert Davidson also returns as Conservative councillor for Pyefleet.

3:47am

Several comfortable holds - Julie Young keeps St Andrew's for Greenstead, Roger Buston returns to Colchester Council as Conservative for Lexden, and Ray Gamble retains his St John's seat for the Lib Dems.

3:37am

Fordham & Stour is a straightforward hold for Conservative Christopher Arnold.

3:30am

Christ Church and Old Heath are both narrow holds for the Lib Dems.

3:14am

More turnout figures in. It ranges from St Andrew's - 27% to Pyefleet - 45%

3:11am

Conservative John Elliott only hangs onto Tiptree by 85 votes from Ukip opponent. It is also close in Stanway, which newcomer Jessica Scott-Boutell holds for the Lib Dems against Conservative challenge.

2:56am

Tiptree, Castle and Stanway coming up

2:52am

And Lyn Barton holds Shrub End by more than 250 votes. Once again, rumours of Lib Dem demise are greatly exaggerated.

2:50am

Newcomer Dominic Graham holds Mile End for Lib Dems. Tories second, UKIP third.

2:46am

Shrub End and Mile End coming up - both Lib Dem seats targeted by allcomers.

2:43am

They're coming in quickly now. Independent Gerard Oxford holds Highwoods with a massive majority, while Lib Dem Mike Hogg holds St Anne's.

2:33am

2:32am

Theresa Higgins holds New Town for the Lib Dems. UKIP come second again.

2:27am

Labour GAIN Berechurch from Lib Dems. Chris Pearson takes the seat with 852 votes. UKIP beat Lib Dem into second place. New Town due up next.

2:23am

Berechurch is to be the first seat announced shortly.

2:17am

Gazette:

Here's Ben Howard, Labour candidate for Castle ward

2:17am

Gazette:

Kevin Bentley, John Jowers and MP Bernard Jenkin

2:17am

Gazette:

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell

2:16am

Gazette:

Labour councillor Dave Harris

1:51am

We're starting to get some turnouts through for several wards. They range from 29% in New Town to 44% in Prettygate. They seem a little higher than previous years, due to the Euro polls.

1:23am

Mr Pritchard has announced the votes are all verified. In 10 minutes, they will be totted up.

1:15am

Sir Bob Russell admits all three main parties are looking nervously at the number of votes going to UKIP. He predicts Old Heath ward could be a three way battle between UKIP, Labour and Lib Dems.

12:49am

Adrian Pritchard, chief executive and returning officer, says the votes should be verified soon after 1am. After a short break, they will then be totted up.

12:46am

UKIP has put forward a record 14 candidates. Colchester secretary Ron Levy has been paying close attention to the Shrub End votes as they are verified and believes candidate Sarah Hardy, a retired army nurse, stands a chance of winning the seat from Lib Dem Lyn Barton.

12:43am

As the votes are verified, party members pay close attention to see where the crosses are placed to try and get a flavour of their support. Mr Newell said the signs in Berechurch were good.

12:21am

Jordan Newell, Colchester Labour Party chair, predicts his group should gain Berechurch from the Lib Dems.

12:04am

Pam Nelson, one of the Green candidates who are standing in all 20 seats, says the party has had a rise of young people joining the party in Colchester. The party is hopeful of winning an MEP in the East.

12:02am

Will Quince, leader of Colchester Council's Conservatives, says the party's aim was to close the gap with the Lib Dems in wards like Christchurch, Mile End and Castle. If they win one of those seats, that would be "the icing on the cake".

11:33pm

Joining the local MPs watching the votes come in are the leaders of the three big groups on Colchester Council: Anne Turrell of the Lib Dems, Will Quince of the Conservatives and Labour's Tim Young.

11:13pm

Witham MP Priti Patel is here. She'll be paying close attention to western wards in her constituency, including Stanway

10:58pm

To recap, there are 20 seats up for grabs. Colchester Council is run by a coalition of 26 Lib Dem, 7 Labour and 3 Highwoods independent group councillors. The Conservatives, with 23 seats, are the opposition and there is a by-election due following the death of Labour councillor Steve Ford.

10:47pm

Sir Bob says Shrub End seat, which the Lib Dems are defending from challenges from the Conservatives and UKIP, could be one to watch.

10:43pm

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has joined us in the media room. The Lib Dems are defending 10 seats, and he doubts the party will have 10 seats tomorrow morning.

10:38pm

Evening all. I'm at the Charter Hall where the Colchester Council and Euro election votes from the borough are being verified.

Comments (6)

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3:36am Fri 23 May 14

Boris says...

Looks like the Lib Dem/Labour/High Woods coalition is sailing serenely on, and, unlike other parts of Essex, Colchester remains a UKIP-free zone. Good news.
Looks like the Lib Dem/Labour/High Woods coalition is sailing serenely on, and, unlike other parts of Essex, Colchester remains a UKIP-free zone. Good news. Boris
  • Score: -10

7:11am Fri 23 May 14

Rhinestone Cowboy* says...

Boris wrote:
Looks like the Lib Dem/Labour/High Woods coalition is sailing serenely on, and, unlike other parts of Essex, Colchester remains a UKIP-free zone. Good news.
Dont you ever sleep Bob you are like an over exited school child roll on.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Looks like the Lib Dem/Labour/High Woods coalition is sailing serenely on, and, unlike other parts of Essex, Colchester remains a UKIP-free zone. Good news.[/p][/quote]Dont you ever sleep Bob you are like an over exited school child roll on. Rhinestone Cowboy*
  • Score: 8

11:48am Fri 23 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

Sir Bobalob and the Yellows do not want Colchester to vote on Europe-even with a £40Billion a year trade deficit. Sir Bobalob has voted for the Government-including the Syria vote-for four years. It doesn't need UKIP to highlight these facts.
Sir Bobalob and the Yellows do not want Colchester to vote on Europe-even with a £40Billion a year trade deficit. Sir Bobalob has voted for the Government-including the Syria vote-for four years. It doesn't need UKIP to highlight these facts. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 2

2:55pm Fri 23 May 14

super waluigi says...

Well as a non voter this year, I cannot complain. But I am well happy that Ukip got nothing out of this. Second place = losers
Well as a non voter this year, I cannot complain. But I am well happy that Ukip got nothing out of this. Second place = losers super waluigi
  • Score: -7

10:33pm Fri 23 May 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

super waluigi wrote:
Well as a non voter this year, I cannot complain. But I am well happy that Ukip got nothing out of this. Second place = losers
They won 185 seats N*B HE*D nationally they will be coming to a village near you soon?
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Well as a non voter this year, I cannot complain. But I am well happy that Ukip got nothing out of this. Second place = losers[/p][/quote]They won 185 seats N*B HE*D nationally they will be coming to a village near you soon? TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Sat 24 May 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

Rhinestone Cowboy* wrote:
Boris wrote: Looks like the Lib Dem/Labour/High Woods coalition is sailing serenely on, and, unlike other parts of Essex, Colchester remains a UKIP-free zone. Good news.
Dont you ever sleep Bob you are like an over exited school child roll on.
It's excited with a c and you really need to understand that Boris is not Bob Russell.
[quote][p][bold]Rhinestone Cowboy*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Looks like the Lib Dem/Labour/High Woods coalition is sailing serenely on, and, unlike other parts of Essex, Colchester remains a UKIP-free zone. Good news.[/p][/quote]Dont you ever sleep Bob you are like an over exited school child roll on.[/p][/quote]It's excited with a c and you really need to understand that Boris is not Bob Russell. Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: -1

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