Thurrock Council elections

Thurrock is a unitary authority in Essex, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district. One third of the council is elected each year, followed by one year without an election. Since the unitary authority was first elected in 1997, the council has consisted of 49 councillors elected from 20 wards.[1]

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2][3]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Labour 1973-1979
No overall control 1979-1982
Labour 1982-1998

Unitary authority

Year Control Notes
1997 Labour
2004 Conservative
2007 No overall control Conservative-led administration
2010 No overall control Labour-led administration
2012 Labour
2014 No overall control Labour-led administration
2016 No overall control Conservative-led administration

Council elections

Non-metropolitan district elections

  • 1973 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1976 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1979 Thurrock Borough Council election (New ward boundaries)[4]
  • 1980 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1982 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1983 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1984 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1986 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1987 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1988 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1990 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1991 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1992 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1994 Thurrock Borough Council election (Borough boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same)[5]
  • 1995 Thurrock Borough Council election
  • 1996 Thurrock Borough Council election

Unitary authority elections

Changes between elections

By-elections

Stifford By-Election 23 July 1998[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Watts 578 56.9 -1.8
Conservative Pauline Campbell 304 30.0 -11.3
Liberal Democrat Tracey Ashdown 133 13.1 +13.1
Majority 274 26.9
Turnout 1,015
Labour hold Swing
Grays By-Election 20 January 2000[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rosemary McMahon 269 52.5 -11.5
Conservative Kazimierz Rytter 154 30.1 -3.4
Liberal Democrat John Livermore 89 17.4 +8.1
Majority 115 22.4
Turnout 512 8.0
Labour hold Swing
Homesteads By-Election 20 January 2000[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Everett 490 46.9 -0.4
Labour Denise Cooper 419 40.1 -12.5
Independent James Mallon 71 6.8 +6.8
Liberal Democrat David Coward 64 6.1 +6.1
Majority 71 6.8
Turnout 1,044 17.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Aveley By-Election 25 May 2000[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Neil Pearce 454 64.8 +25.7
Green Dean Hall 247 35.2 +31.9
Majority 207 29.6
Turnout 701 12.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
East Tilbury By-Election 25 January 2001[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent John Purkiss 623 67.6 +67.6
Labour David Gooding 139 15.1 -49.6
Conservative Robert Barnes 135 14.6 -20.7
Liberal Democrat David Coward 25 2.7 +2.7
Majority 484 52.5
Turnout 922 21.4
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Aveley By-Election 6 September 2001[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Colin Churchman 803 58.7 +19.5
Labour Wahidur Rahman 451 32.9 -0.8
Liberal Democrat John Lathan 85 6.2 -17.7
Green Dean Hall 31 2.3 -1.0
Majority 351 25.8
Turnout 1,370 24.0
Conservative hold Swing
Little Thurrock Blackshotts By-Election 6 September 2001[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Benjamin Maney 362 45.4 -16.7
Labour Eunice Southam 274 34.3 +6.1
Independent Geoffrey Slocock 117 14.7 +14.7
Liberal Democrat Mark Meechan 45 5.7 -4.0
Majority 88 11.1
Turnout 798 20.8
Conservative hold Swing
Tilbury Riverside By-Election 25 July 2002[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Barrett 358 72.9 -9.3
Liberal Democrat David Coward 70 14.3 +14.3
Conservative Jean Watts 63 12.9 -4.9
Majority 288 58.6
Turnout 491 13.0
Labour hold Swing
Stanford Le Hope East By-Election 29 May 2003[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Terence Hipsey 511 40.3 -7.2
Liberal Democrat James Thompson 428 33.8 +33.8
Labour Julian Norris 329 25.9 -26.6
Majority 83 6.5
Turnout 1,268 29.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Grays Riverside By-Election 4 September 2003[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
BNP Nicholas Geri 552 38.2 +38.2
Conservative Nicholas Edwards 382 26.4 -3.3
Labour Remia Sear 374 25.9 -25.2
Liberal Democrat John Livermore 137 9.5 -9.7
Majority 170 11.8
Turnout 1,445 22.0
BNP gain from Labour Swing
Grays Riverside By-Election 1 December 2005[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Val Morris-Cook 575 42.4 +1.8
Conservative Sharon Ponder 348 25.7 -7.2
BNP Emma Colgate 340 25.1 -1.4
Liberal Democrat John Livermore 92 6.8 +6.8
Majority 227 16.7
Turnout 1,355 20.0
Labour hold Swing
The Homesteads By-Election 1 December 2005[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Salvatore Benson 661 42.2 -1.1
Conservative Pauline Tolson 534 34.1 -22.6
Liberal Democrat Paul Riley 220 14.1 +14.1
BNP John Cotter 150 9.6 +9.6
Majority 127 8.1
Turnout 1,565 23.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

The resignation of Kevin Wheeler (Thurrock Independent, elected UKIP) on 12 Feb 2018 triggered a by-election in South Ockendon on 22 March 2018, which the Conservatives won on a coin toss.[20]

South Ockendon 22 March 2018 [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Jefferies 696 36.1
Labour Les Strange 696 36.1
Thurrock Independent Jack Duffin 531 28.8
Majority 0
Turnout
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing

Changes in affiliation

All 17 of UKIP's Thurrock councillors left the party on 27 January 2018.[21] They now sit as the Thurrock Independents group.

References

  1. ^ a b "Councillors Online". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Thurrock". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  4. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Thurrock (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976. Retrieved on 19 November 2015.
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Essex and Greater London (County and London Borough Boundaries) (No. 2) Order 1993. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  6. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Thurrock (Electoral Changes) Order 1997. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Thurrock (Electoral Changes) Order 2002. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Thurrock (Electoral Changes) (Amendment) Order 2003. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Thurrock council". * BBC News Online. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  10. ^ "Stifford Ward (Pre-2004)". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  11. ^ "Grays Thurrock Ward (Pre-2004)". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  12. ^ "The Homesteads Ward (Pre-2004)". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  13. ^ a b "Aveley Ward (Pre-2004)". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  14. ^ "East Tilbury Ward (Pre-2004)". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  15. ^ "Little Thurrock Blackshots Ward (Pre-2004)". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  16. ^ "Tilbury Riverside Ward (Pre-2004)". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  17. ^ a b "Stanford-le-Hope East Ward (Pre-2004)". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 22 November 2009. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "stanford" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  18. ^ "News Archive – Grays Riverside ward by-election re". Thurrock Council. 5 September 2003. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  19. ^ a b "News Archive – By-election results". Thurrock Council. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  20. ^ "Council by-elections: Good news for Labour and the slow death of UKIP | LabourList". LabourList | Labour's biggest independent grassroots e-network. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Breaking: All 17 UKIP councillors leave to form new party - Your Thurrock". Your Thurrock. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.

External links

1999 Thurrock Council election

The 1999 Thurrock Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council. Overall turnout in the election was 20.0%.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 45

Conservative 1

2000 Thurrock Council election

The 2000 Thurrock Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 38

Conservative 10

Vacant 1

2001 Thurrock Council election

The 2001 Thurrock Council election took place on 7 June 2001 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. The election took place at the same time as the 2001 general election after being postponed from the first week of May due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.Among the candidates in the election was Pauline Campbell who stood as an independent candidate after resigning from the Conservatives. Campbell, who was disabled and used a wheelchair, said that she had been first told she was the Conservative candidate but then told that she could not stand as she would not be able to canvass. However the Conservatives denied this and said that they just wanted to give someone else a chance.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 37

Conservative 10

Independent 2

2002 Thurrock Council election

The 2002 Thurrock Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.43 candidates stood in the election, with 16 of the 20 wards being contested. Both Conservative and Labour parties stood in all 16 seats, along with 7 Liberal Democrats, 3 Independents and 1 Green Party candidate.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 37

Conservative 9

Independent 2

Liberal Democrat 1

2004 Thurrock Council election

The 2004 Thurrock Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2002. The Conservative party gained overall control of the council from the Labour party.

2006 Thurrock Council election

The 2006 Thurrock Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 26

Labour 21

Independent 2

2007 Thurrock Council election

The 2007 Thurrock Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.The Conservatives, Labour and British National Party (BNP) contested all 16 wards which were up for election. In total 55 candidates stood in the election including 6 Liberal Democrats, 3 from the United Kingdom Independence Party, 2 independents and 1 candidate from the Independent Working Class Association. Anti-social behaviour, recycling and cleanliness were seen as major issues by the parties, on a council which was seen as a top Labour target.The British National Party put up candidates in every ward, for the first time. However, they secured no seats despite claiming that they were picking up votes from right wing Conservative supporters disaffected with David Cameron, particularly in middle class areas. In the West Thurrock and South Stifford ward, Ken Daly stood for the BNP in protest at the treatment of his son's killer.The results of the election saw the Conservatives lose their overall majority on the council after losing 3 seats and only gaining one. The Labour party made a net gain of two seats, while the BNP came second in 6 seats after a strong rise in votes. Overall turnout was 31% and after the election the balance of power on the council was held by 3 independents.After the election, the composition of the council was:

Conservative 24

Labour 22

Independent 3

2008 Thurrock Council election

The 2008 Thurrock Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 24

Labour 22

Independent 2

British National Party 1

2010 Thurrock Council election

The result of the Thurrock Council election, 2010 (held on 6 May) was that Thurrock Council stay under no overall control. The Conservative party gained two seats from Labour while Labour gained one seat from the Conservatives. Of the 16 wards contested, eight were won by the Conservatives and eight by Labour. The composition of the resulting council was:

Conservatives 23

Labour 22

Independent 2

British National Party 1

Non Aligned 1A few days after the election, Stuart St Clair-Haslam resigned the Conservative party whip. Conservative councillor Ian Harrison also later resigned the Conservative whip, while Anne Cheale described herself as "non aligned". Following the election, John Kent (Labour) was elected council leader, defeating the former leader, Garry Hague (Conservative), by 25 votes to 23. Kent was supported by the Labour group, the two non-aligned councillors and the BNP councillor. This ended the Conservative administration that had been in power since 2004. At the same meeting, Anne Cheale was elected mayor. At this stage the party make-up was Labour 22 councillors, Conservatives 21, two East Tilbury Independents, three 'Thurrock Concerned Conservatives' and one British National Party councillor.

In November 2010 the BNP councillor resigned from the party to become a single Independent. In March 2011, Councillor St Clair-Haslam announced that he had joined the UKIP.

2011 Thurrock Council election

On 5 May 2011, one-third of seats on Thurrock Council were contested. The result of the election was that Thurrock Council stayed under no overall control. The Labour gained one seat from the Conservative party.

2012 Thurrock Council election

The 2012 Thurrock Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Thurrock Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other 2012 United Kingdom local elections.

The result was:

Labour 25 (+1) (39% of vote)

Conservative 21 (-1) (30%)

Independent 2 ( 7%)

UKIP 1 (+1) (18%)

LibDem 0 ( 4%)

other 0 ( 2%)

vacant 0 (-1)The Labour party took overall control (previously NOC with Labour administration).

2014 Thurrock Council election

Elections to Thurrock Council were held on 22 May 2014. The result saw the council change from Labour to no overall control. The UK Independence Party gained five seats, three from the Conservatives and two from Labour. Of the 16 wards contested, six were won by Labour, five by UKIP and five by the Conservatives.

2015 Thurrock Council election

The 2015 Thurrock Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Thurrock Council in England. This was on the same day as the general election and other local elections. Elections were held in 16 wards for seats that were last contested in 2011, to elect roughly one third of the council. The results meant that there continued to be no overall control of the council. The new administration will be determined at the Annual Meeting on 27 May.

2016 Thurrock Council election

The 2016 Thurrock Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Thurrock Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

There remains no overall control of the council. The Labour administration could have continued, until removed by a special motion, but Councillor Kent chose to resign at the Annual Meeting and the leader of the Conservative group Councillor Gledhill was elected to replace him.

2018 Thurrock Council election

The 2018 Thurrock Council elections took place on 3 May 2018 to elect members of Thurrock Council in England. Councillors in 16 out of the 20 electoral wards were be up for election. The council remained under overall control, with a minority Conservative administration running the council.On 26 January 2018, all sitting UKIP councillors resigned from the party and formed a new opposition group called Thurrock Independents.On 13 March 2018, Basildon UKIP announced that they had taken over responsibility for the 6 East Thurrock wards and are now called UKIP Basildon and Thurrock Branch.Before the elections, there was a by-election held in Ockendon which resulted in a Conservative gain after a tie and drawing of lots.

2019 Thurrock Council election

The 2019 Thurrock Council election will take place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of Thurrock Council in England.

Thurrock

Thurrock () is a unitary authority area with borough status in the English ceremonial county of Essex. It is part of the London commuter belt and an area of regeneration within the Thames Gateway redevelopment zone. The local authority is Thurrock Council.

Thurrock Independents

Thurrock Independents is a group of British politicians in Thurrock, Essex that was formed after its members broke away from the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in January 2018. The group had seventeen members, including UKIP MEP Tim Aker, and forms the opposition group on Thurrock Council. The group was created after all seventeen members of the council's UKIP group left the party, saying they had "had enough of the aggressive and bitter reality of party politics".

In 2018, the former party leadership defected to the Conservative party; and were followed soon after by two incumbent councillors who joined the Conservative Group in November 2018. Following losses in the 2018 local election, this left the party with just ten councillors. Although Tim Aker joined his council colleagues in the new group, he subsequently stated that he would continue to represent UKIP in the European Parliament for the purposes of Brexit: "UKIP has a job to do in the European Parliament in seeing we get the Brexit we voted for. I will stay as a UKIP MEP. But to better represent my constituents in Aveley, I had no choice but to follow my colleagues and represent the Thurrock Independents." This situation led to some uncertainty about the status of some of the group's members as a number of them work for Aker. Aker subsequently left UKIP and sat for Thurrock Independents in the European Parliament. However, Aker joined the Brexit Party in February 2019. He resigned his seat on the council having moved away from Thurrock; the group lost the subsequent by-election.

During the 2019 United Kingdom local elections, Allen Mayes took the Tilbury Riverside ward of Thurrock from Labour.

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