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For the record , here are the results for Rayleigh and Wickford, Rochford and Southend East, and Castle Point:

Rayleigh and Wickford
Conservative Mark Francois 36,914 66.7% +12.1%
Labour Mark Daniels 13,464 24.3% +11.7%
UKIP Peter Smith 2,326 4.2% -18.1%
Lib Dems Ron Tindall 1,557 2.8% -0.2%
Green Party Paul Hill 1,062 1.9% -1.0%

Rochford and Southend East

Conservative James Duddridge 23,013 48.7% +2.3%
Labour Ashley Dalton 17,465 37.0% +12.3%
Independent Ron Woodley 2,924 6.2% +6.2%
UKIP Neil Hookway 1,777 3.8% -16.8%
Lib Dem Peter Gwizdala 1,265 2.7% -0.7%
Green Party Simon Cross 804 1.7% -3.3%

Castle Point
Conservative Rebecca Harris 30,076 67.3% +16.4%
Labour Joe Cooke 11,204 25.1% +11.2%
UKIP David Kurten 2,381 5.3% -25.9%
Lib Dem Tom Holder 1,049 2.3% +0.6%


For the Conservatives, three held seats, with one win narrower than they would have liked.

For Labour, three results they should be happy with.

For UKIP , a massive decline in votes in line with the national trend.

For the Lib Dems, results similar to last time, we will be more prepared next time!

For independent Ron Woodley , a saved deposit!

For the Greens, a step backward.


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  • Our local results seem to underline the growing trend towards a return to a hard right v hard left form of politics –
    both Conservatives and Labour making significant gains at the cost of the ‘ other’ parties.
    So we must have a rump of Blue-rinse folk who are not impacted by the (now) long term austerity measures and
    a rump of the rest who have been impacted by said measures – to pay off the unprecedented level of borrowing
    debts by all shades of government in the last 30 years ; and that borrowing still continues!!!.
    Hard right v hard left does’nt bode well for the coming Parliament debates ( especially with a small majority ) and I suspect a change of PM in a matter of months – dust off your tin hats folks , it is gonna be bumpy……….again.

  • There are no winners here, the whole country has lost. Two elections called for no other purpose than to bolster political influence and assert authority in Westminster. And what are we left with, the UK split Leave / Remain and Left / Right in equal measure. We are facing 2, 3 or 4 years of uncertainty and upheaval at a crucial time in our history and we’re up poo creek sans paddle. No wonder we are all sick to the back teeth of politicians. 😡😡😡😡

    • Or it could be 2,3,4 decades of uncertainty if we get things wrong. Saw the piece below earlier this evening at http://www2.politicalbetting.com/index.php/archives/2017/06/13/dont-laugh-at-us-argentina/

      There is always someone worse off than you, of course. Few British people know that on the eve of the First World War, Argentina was one of the ten richest countries per head in the world. It was a popular destination for European emigrants and looked to be set on a similar course to the USA.

      Its decline since then has been precipitous. It did not participate in either world war, staying neutral in both (until almost the end of World War Two). Indeed, aside from the Falklands War and a nominal role in the first Gulf War, it has not fought any wars. The impact of the Great Depression was relatively mild. But as of 2015, it ranked 63rd in the world for GDP per head.

      Argentina’s stumbles have been in large part down to dreadful governance and prolonged periods of deeply misguided policies. After 1930, the start of what is known as the Infamous Decade, Argentina first retreated towards autarky and protectionism, flirted with wholescale nationalisation, then spent decades unravelling and reravelling these policies, seeking alternately to appeal to populism and to deal with the inevitable consequences. It is far from clear that this cycle has yet ended….

      What does this have to do with Britain? There is no inevitability that countries that currently rank among the global winners will stay there. And right now Britain seems to be taking wrong turning after wrong turning. In 2015 Nigel Farage said that he’d rather Britain was poorer with fewer people. In the EU referendum last year, the British people on balance agreed, voting to cooperate less with our closest neighbours, primarily in order to put a brake on immigration. The public liked the idea of saving contributions to the EU to spend on funding NHS contributions (this mysteriously has not yet materialised) without placing much weight on the existing advantages of membership that Britain was putting at risk. Leave campaigners saw this as vindicating their vision of a Britain facing the open seas, securing superior trade deals with still-to-be-identified trading partners to more than compensate for the inferior access to the EU’s markets.

      For it turns out that the public’s desire for free stuff hasn’t been sated by a bogus promise for £350 million a week for the NHS. Indeed, Jeremy Corbyn’s bungs for all and sundry has secured the vote of over 40% of the population, apparently entirely untroubled about how it would be paid for and leaving the country with a hung Parliament. Many Leavers who were ecstatic and gleeful that their own nonsense promises won the day are now hysterical that different nonsense promises also have a wide audience.

      For those of us that voted Remain, this is wryly amusing in the short term. But the long term outlook is bleak. Britain seems set for a spiral of decline, alternating between right wing fantasies and left wing fantasies, with each side stridently blaming the other for the calamities that both have contributed to.

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