Tories retain control of Essex but only just

With just three seats yet to declare in Essex, the Conservatives have retained control of Essex County Council but with a severely reduced majority.

UKIP made eight gains and the Greens two. Labour also bounced back after the poor result four years ago.

38 councillors are required for an overall majority in Essex; the Conservatives currently have 40 seats.

Essex County Council website

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Vote 2013: winners & losers

UKIP have had their best ever result in local elections with gains in the Anglia region. There were county council elections in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk on Thursday 2 May 2013.