Essex County Council in England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2005, 75 councillors are elected from 70 wards.[1]

Political control

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973−1985
No overall control 1985−1989
Conservative 1989−1993
No overall control 1993−1998
Conservative 1998
No overall control 1998−2001
Conservative 2001−present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2001 have been:[2]

Councillor Party From To
Paul White, Baron Hanningfield Conservative 19 Jun 2001 9 Feb 2010
Peter Martin Conservative 9 Feb 2010 5 May 2013
David Finch Conservative 14 May 2013 9 May 2021
Kevin Bentley Conservative 25 May 2021

Council elections

County result maps

By-election results

1985–1989

Basildon Vange (June 1986) (Labour Hold)

Gray Thurrock (July 1986) (Labour Hold)

Belfairs and Blenheim (February 1987) (SDP–Liberal Alliance Hold)

Basildon Crouch By-Election: December 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance Francis Bellard 1,423 45.9 +14.1
Conservative Terence Dove 1,288 41.5 −4.1
Labour Margaret Davis 391 12.6 −10.0
Majority 135 4.6
Turnout 3,102 30.0 −6.0
Alliance gain from Conservative Swing +9.1
Maypole By-Election: May 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SLD Patricia Pascoe 2,035 42.3 −1.1
Labour Donald Quinn 1,572 32.7 −6.9
Conservative Mary Fairhead 1,200 25.0 +8.0
Majority 463 9.6 +5.8
Turnout 4,807 39.0 +2.3
SLD hold Swing +2.9

1989–1993

Old Heath By-Election: 3 May 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Pearson 2,384 40.1 +4.2
Liberal Democrats Vincent Edkins 2,103 35.4 −0.3
Conservative Edward Winney 1,039 17.5 −1.9
SDP John Parrick 416 7.0 +7.0
Majority 281 4.7 +4.5
Turnout 5,942 48.1 +8.6
Labour hold Swing +2.3
Brentwood Central By-Election: June 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Edgar Davis 2,210 56.0 +21.5
Conservative John Hutton 1,339 33.9 −14.6
Labour Francis Keohane 249 6.3 −4.2
Green Philip Ray 89 2.3 −4.6
SDP Samuel Ormsby 32 0.8 +0.8
Independent James Holdsworth 28 0.7 +0.7
Majority 871 22.1 −13.8
Turnout 3,947 40.1 −3.3
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing +18.1
Dunmow By-Election: 2 May 1991
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Westcott 2,937 56.4 −5.7
Liberal Democrats John Gibbs 1,451 27.9 +7.7
Labour David Cole 817 15.7 −2.0
Majority 1,486 28.5 −13.4
Turnout 5,205 45.1 +7.7
Conservative hold Swing −6.7
Basildon Laindon By-Election: September 1991
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Walsh 1,780 48.4 +13.1
Labour Harold Bruce 1,360 32.7 −17.6
Liberal Democrats Simon Wilson 538 13.0 +4.4
Majority 420 11.4
Turnout 4,155 33.2 −3.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +15.4
Brentwood Hutton By-Election: September 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alun Thomas 1,872 57.9 −4.9
Liberal Democrats Katharine Spanton 1,191 36.8 +18.6
Labour Edward O’Brien 172 5.3 −13.7
Majority 681 21.1 −43.6
Turnout 3,235 26.8 −7.2
Conservative hold Swing −11.8

1993–1997

Loughton St. Marys By-Election: 21 October 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stanley Goodwin 1,891 55.6 +10.5
Conservative Vernon Davies 870 25.6 −10.0
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Macy 641 18.8 −0.5
Majority 1,021 30.0
Turnout 3,402 32.5
Labour hold Swing +10.3
Tendring Rural West By-Election: 22 September 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Pearson 1,260 35.6 +5.7
Conservative Roger Lord 1,197 33.9 −1.5
Liberal Democrats Potter 999 28.3 −5.4
Green Fox 80 2.3 +2.3
Majority 63 1.8
Turnout 3,536
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +4.1

1997–2001

Basildon Westley Heights By-Election: 4 June 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Sears 1,717 37.9 +2.2
Conservative David Walsh 1,573 34.8 −6.0
Liberal Democrats Geoffery Williams 1,231 27.2 +3.7
Majority 144 3.1
Turnout 4,521 35.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Loughton St. Johns By-Election: 11 November 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stanley Goodwin 927 48.4 +11.4
Conservative Colin Finn 527 27.5 +2.0
Loughton Residents Kay Ellis 404 21.1 −9.8
Liberal Democrats Christopher Spence 56 2.9 −3.6
Majority 400 20.9
Turnout 1,914 19.4
Labour hold Swing

2001–2005

Basildon Westley Heights By-Election: 23 September 2004[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Geoffrey Williams 1,167 45.0 +24.2
Conservative Sandra Hillier 999 38.5 −3.0
Labour Jane Dyer 426 16.4 −21.3
Majority 168 6.5
Turnout 2,592 19.9
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Little Parndon and Town Centre By-Election: 16 December 2004[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Danvers 1,082 43.5 −9.1
Conservative Lee Dangerfield 715 28.7 +0.8
UKIP Anthony Bennett 264 10.5 +10.5
Liberal Democrats Christopher Millington 213 8.6 −10.9
Independent Patricia Bryne 195 7.8 +7.8
English Democrat Robin Tilbrook 21 0.8 +0.8
Majority 367 14.8
Turnout 2,487 27.3
Labour hold Swing

2005–2009

Brentwood Rural By-Election: 13 July 2006[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Naylor 2,062 61.5 +11.8
Liberal Democrats Barry Aspinell 1,150 34.3 +2.3
Labour Jane Winter 142 4.2 −4.5
Majority 912 27.2
Turnout 3,354 26.0
Conservative hold Swing

2010–2013

Harlow West By-Election: 5 May 2011[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Durcan 5,320 48.4 +22.3
Conservative Mark Gough 4,564 41.6 +8.3
Liberal Democrats John Strachan 1,100 10.0 −5.4
Majority 756 6.9
Turnout 10,984 37.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Percentage changes are since June 2009. At the previous election, the Green Party had received 11.0% and the British National Party received 14.2%.

Chelmsford Central By-Election: 9 June 2011[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dick Madden 1,496 43.6 +10.0
Liberal Democrats Graham Pooley 1,323 38.6 −5.9
Labour Russell Kennedy 610 17.8 +10.1
Majority 173
Turnout 3,429 29
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Percentage changes are since June 2009, when the British National Party and the Green Party also stood, receiving 6.1% and 8.2%, respectively, of votes cast.

Stock By-Election: 8 September 2011[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Grundy 1,820 59.3 −6.4
UKIP Jesse Pryke 736 24.1 n/a
Labour Maurice Austin 273 8.9 +3.7
Liberal Democrats Marian Elsden 160 5.2 −7.3
Green Reza Hossain 80 2.6 −6.1
Majority 1,084
Turnout 3,069 22.4
Conservative hold Swing

Percentage changes are since June 2009. At the previous election, the British National Party received 7.8% of the votes cast

Chelmsford North By-Election: 28 June 2012[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Stephen Robinson 1,614 42.1 −4.6
Conservative Robert Pontin 941 24.5 −7.5
Labour Nastassia Player 711 18.5 +10.7
UKIP Leslie Retford 435 11.3 n/a
Green Reza Hossain 134 3.5 −3.8
Majority 6.9
Turnout 3,835 28.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Percentage changes are since June 2009. At the previous election, British National Party received 6.2%.

2013–2017

Brightlingsea By-Election: 9 October 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Goggin 1,809 33.7 +9.1
UKIP Anne Poonian 1,642 30.6 +0.2
Liberal Democrats Gary Scott 1,199 22.3 −4.6
Labour Carol Carlsson-Browne 524 9.8 −2.7
Green Beverley Maltby 200 3.7 +0.2
Majority 167 3.1 −0.4
Turnout 5,398 36.5 +4.3
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing +4.5
Bocking By-Election: 5 March 2015[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Canning 1,071 34.3 +2.1
Labour Lynn Watson 974 31.2 +1.3
UKIP Michael Ford 855 27.4 −5.3
Green John Malam 165 5.3 +2.2
Independent Walter Sale 58 1.9 N/A
Majority 97 3.1
Turnout 3,123
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing
Clacton East By-Election: 31 March 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Holland Residents Colin Sargeant 1,781 46.8 N/A
UKIP Benjamin Smith 961 25.3 +0.5
Conservative Richard Bleach 628 16.5 −10.3
Labour Christopher Bird 387 10.2 −0.5
Liberal Democrats Rain Welham-Cobb 49 1.3 −0.4
Majority
Turnout
Holland Residents gain from Tendring First Swing
Laindon Park and Fryerns By-Election: 9 June 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Frank Ferguson 2,034 42.6 +9.2
Labour Gavin Callaghan 1,600 33.5 −7.4
Conservative Gary Maylin 878 18.4 +2.4
Green Phillip Rackley 264 5.5 +3.1
Majority
Turnout 16.9
UKIP gain from Labour Swing

2017–2021

Clacton East By-Election: 3 October 2019
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Mark Stephenson 1,231 36.9 +21.8[13]
Conservative Chris Amos 1,223 36.6 +5.3
Holland Residents K.T. King 537 16.1 −24.8[14]
Liberal Democrats Callum Robertson 140 4.2 +2.4
Labour Geoff Ely 111 3.3 −6.1
Green Chris Southall 97 2.9 +1.3
Majority 8 0.2 −9.4
Turnout 3,339 25.3 —10.5
Independent hold Swing +8.3

References

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  13. ^ Comparied to Stephenson's total as the UKIP candidate in 2017
  14. ^ Comparied to Sargeant's total as the Independent candidate in 2017