The Super Thursday Vote 2021: Local Election results in Essex

The Conservatives have continued to hold onto the majority at Essex County Council, with the party R4U gaining two seats, and the Conservatives losing one seat.

In Basildon, the Conservatives have gained control over the previous hung council, gaining four seats, with Labour losing one seat and Independent's losing one.

Earlier on Friday, the Tories dramatically snatched Harlow Council away from Labour control after nine years. The Tories made seven gains at the expense of Labour.

Labour had a majority of six going into the election on a council where they have held power in 38 of the past 48 years.

The Conservatives now have a majority of eight. The Conservatives last ran Harlow council between 2008 and 2012.

The Conservative Party has held onto control of Essex County Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

The interactive map will show the party winner in each Essex County Council electoral division as the results comes in

Labour are out of power in Harlow after nine years in control and the Conservatives have a working majority for the first time since 2012 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner

  • Watch a report from ITV Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

Roger Hirst was re-elected as Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner with a large majority. He picked up 245,346 votes, his election confirmed after the first round of voting.

It means Mr Hirst will serve his second term as PFCC, having been elected initially in 2016. The Conservatives have held the post since its creation in 2012.

The support for Mr Hirst more than doubled from 2016, when he got 110,858 votes.

Roger Hirst was elected after the first round of voting

Mr Hirst said: "This is a sobering level of endorsement from the people of Essex. I am grateful that they are clearly appreciating what we have been doing over the past five years.

"We have achieved 500 extra police officers with a commitment of further investment and with more officers to come.

"We are improving the culture of the fire and rescue service with a focus on prevention and protection. It is really exciting that this programme has been endorsed by the public of Essex."

Face masks and social distancing at the election count in Harlow, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia/Hannah Pettifer

Southend and Colchester remain hung councils with no one party in overall control. The Conservatives made three gains in Southend and are still the largest party.

The Green Party gained a seat in Colchester doubling their presence on the Borough Council.

Southend remains a hung council. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Current political composition of councillors on Basildon Council - use the dropdown menu to select previous elections

Current political composition of councillors on Brentwood Council - use the dropdown menu to select previous elections

Polling stations were open on Thursday with social distancing measures including the wearing of a face covering and voters asked to use their own pen or pencil. Coronavirus safety measures are also affecting the counting of the votes, which usually takes place immediately after polling stations have closed and into the early hours of the following day. This year the counts will take place over several days across the Anglia region and all the results won’t be known until the following Monday.

Political composition of other local councils in Essex with one third of the councillors up for election in May 2021

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The interactive map shows the party winner in each Essex County Council electoral division at the last election in 2017 and the percentage majority