Fantastic day for the Conservatives in Basildon District. We won every Essex County Council seat in the District, taking four from Labour and holding 5 of our own, one against a serious challenge from the Liberal Democrats. Labour lost all of their Councillors, including their Group Leader on the County Council. They achieved just 16% of the vote District-wide, which is appalling for them. Overall in Essex they did equally badly, keeping just 1 seat. The Liberal Democrats become the official opposition at County.
All of the results are here.
By the way, the last time that we took every seat in Basildon District was in 1992, the same year that the old Basildon seat's Conservative victory heralded John Major's victory. If you want a historical parallel that is.