Local Elections 2014: Colchester

There are elections for one-third of the seats on Colchester Council on Thursday 22 May 2014 Photo: ITV News Anglia

No overall control

Over the past decade or so Colchester Borough Council has largely been hung with no one party able to gain an outright majority. The Liberal Democrats are currently the largest party and work with Labour to run the council.

When these elections were last run in 2012, Colchester was one of the few areas where the Liberal Democrats increased their share of the vote year-on-year taking 33% of votes. But they didn't gain any seats; they need five more to create a working majority of their own. The party last had an overall majority between 1994 and 1998.

The Conservatives are the main opposition party and took 29% of the vote in 2012.

20 of the 60 seats on the council are up for election.

Current standing of councillors on the council Credit: ITV News Anglia

Wards with elections

  • Berechurch
  • Birch & Winstree
  • Castle
  • Christ Church
  • Fordham & Stour
  • Highwoods
  • Lexden
  • Mile End
  • New Town
  • Old Heath
  • Prettygate
  • Pyefleet
  • Shrub End
  • St Andrew’s
  • St Anne’s
  • St John’s
  • Stanway
  • Tiptree
  • West Bergholt & Eight Ash Green
  • West Mersea
Share of the vote on the council in recent elections Credit: ITV News Anglia

Council history

1973-76 NOC; 1976-86 CON; 1986-94 NOC; 1994-98 LD; 1998-present NOC

  • Population: 173,074
  • Households: 71,634
  • Area: 127 square miles

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 22 May 2014.