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The Count… As It Happened

23rd May 2014
Posted by Aston Avery

Gateway’s special election broadcast was aired throughout the night with David Webster holding council in the studio, while Yvonne Williams kept a watch on proceedings at the Towngate Theatre for the Basildon count. Meanwhile The Yellow Advertiser’s Martyn Dolton reported live from the results of the Thurrock ballots.

Pre-cursor to the night’s coverage was the leader’s debate earlier this week with Tony Ball (CON), Nigel Smith (LAB), Geoff Williams (LIB) and Kerry Smith (UKIP):

Results in nearby Southend:

Overall Results
Total Votes: 43,454   Turnout: 32.95%
Party Seats Change
The Conservative Party  19  -7
Liberal Democrats  5  -4
The Labour Party  9  +3
Independent  13  +3
Green Party  0  No change
UKIP  5  +5
National Front  0  No change


Geoff Williams, Lib Dem Leader, on his party’s loss in Nethermayne:

Kerry Smith, UKIP Leader, on gaining the Nethermayne seat:

Nigel Smith, Labour Leader:

Tony Ball on losing his seat and control of the council:

John Dornan (CON), defeated in Laindon Park:

Kevin Blake (CON):

Malcolm Buckley, former Tory leader who also lost his seat:

Richard Hewitt MEP:

Tony Hedley (CON), also Head Of Fire Authority:

Lady Smith, former Labour MP reacting to the party’s poor showing:

Terry Sargent (CON) held on to Crouch ward:

Stephen Metcalfe, MP for Basildon and East Thurrock: