Essex County Council
The headline result of the night has to be Cllr Craig Cannell snatching victory from the grasp of the Conservatives in Rayleigh North with 2209 (45.1%) (Lib Dem) v 2151 (44%) (Cons) – overturning an 800 vote majority, Craig has taken the seat for the first time since 2013. With a strong campaign in Rayleigh North, residents have clearly shown there is no room for complacency from the Conservatives.
In Rayleigh South, Cllr James Newport, came in with a respectable 1741 (39%) votes versus 2160 (48.4%) votes (Cons). This increased the vote share in Rayleigh South from 13.4% in 2017 to 39%.
Rochford District Council
Results from Rochford District Council elections showed real positive challenge from our candidates
Downhall & Rawreth – Craig Cannell (1064) Elected
Trinity – Marco QUINTANA (967) v David Sperring, Cons (992) Elected
Wheatley – Stephen Tellis (517) v Jack Lawmon, Ind (647) Elected
Elsewhere there was some shock wins with Lisa Newport (Rochford District Residents) taking Sweyne Park & Grange from Portfolio Holder Danielle Belton (Cons).