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Essex: No change in councils’ make-up after by-elections

PUBLISHED: 10:33 04 July 2014 | UPDATED: 10:33 04 July 2014

Voters headed to the polls.

Voters headed to the polls.

There is no change in the composition of Tendring district or Colchester borough councils following yesterday’s by-elections.

By-election results

Tendring District Council

Manningtree, Mistley, Little Bentley and Tendring: Alan Coley (C) 376, Rosemary Smith (LD) 159, Mark Cole (UKIP) 154, Josephine Richardson (L) 129. Maj: 217. Turnout: 22.8%. No change.

Colchester Borough Council

Wivenhoe Quay: Rosalind Scott (L) 857, Peter Hill (C) 629, John Pitts (UKIP) 129, Shaun Boughton (LD) 127, Tim Glover (Gn) 90, Dave Osborn (Patriotic Socialist Party) 2. Maj: 228. Turnout: 43%. No change.

In Tendring voters in the Manningtree, Mistley, Little Bentley and Tendring ward went to the polls following the death of Conservative Sarah Candy, 47, from cancer in April.

Alan Coley held the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of 217.

In the Wivenhoe Quay ward of Colchester Borough Council, Labour held the seat previously occupied by Steve Ford.

Rosalind Scott held the seat with a majority of 228.

The results mean there is no change to the Conservative administration in Tendring, or the Liberal Democrat-Labour-Indepent coalition in Colchester.

Labour was the only party to gain a seat in May’s borough council elections which saw one-third of the 60 seats up for grabs.

Emergency services have been called to the scene of a reported barn fire in north-west Suffolk tonight.

A Suffolk woman has set herself the challenge of completing 30 physical feats before her 30th birthday to raise money for charity in memory of her mum.

As villagers in the Suffolk birthplace of John Constable consider defecting to Essex to fight 144 houses, they have been warned the grass may not be greener.

The niece of a 67-year-old man who died from severe burns after setting himself on fire in Suffolk has described him as a “loving person” who struggled to cope with a change in his benefits.

Suffolk and Norfolk have lost a quarter of all mental health beds in four years - faster than the national average.

An independent ambulance service used in the region has suspended offering urgent care after it was hit with a long list of issues by health inspectors, including finding bodily fluids on equipment.

The chief constable of Essex Police says austerity remains the force’s biggest challenge and insists the last eight years in policing have been “the toughest since wartime”.

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