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Conservatives increase Thurrock Council majority by taking Chadwell St Mary

Only 27 per cent of people voted 

The Conservatives have strengthened their control of Thurrock Council. 

They gained one seat by taking Chadwell St Mary from Labour. Conservative Adam Carter beat out Labour’s Carl Morris by 889 votes to 771.

It is thought the absence of a UKIP candidate, who claimed 42 per cent of the vote last time, helped swing the seat to the Conservatives.  

Labour’s Kairen Raper secured 115 more votes than Independent John Allen and was able to claim Tilbury St Chads for her party. 

The Conservatives also defended the following seats: Aveley and Uplands, Belhus, Chafford and North Stifford, Corringham and Fobbing, East Tilbury, Little Thurrock Blackshots, Ockendon, Orsett, South Chafford, Stanford East and Corringham Town, Stanford-le-Hope West, and The Homesteads.

Meanwhile Labour held onto: Grays Thurrock, Grays Riverside, and West Thurrock & South Stifford.

There were no elections for Little Thurrock Rectory and Stifford Clays this year. 

It means the Conservatives maintain control of the council with 29 seats while Labour continue to have a total of 16 seats. 

Three seats which were not up for grabs last night are held by the Thurrock Independents while one of East Tilbury’s seats is held by Independent Fraser Massey. 

Voter turnout was only 27.34 per cent. 

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