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Thurrock Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Thurrock in Essex, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district. One third of the council is elected each year, followed by one year without an election. Since the unitary authority was first elected in 1997, the council has consisted of 49 councillors elected from 20 wards. [1]

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Political control

The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. Since 1974 political control of the council has been held by the following parties: [2] [3]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in controlYears
Labour 1974–1979
No overall control 1979–1982
Labour 1982–1998

Unitary authority

YearControlNotes
1998 Labour
2004 Conservative
2007 No overall control Conservative-led administration
2010 No overall control Labour-led administration
2012 Labour
2014 No overall control Labour-led administration
2016 No overall control Conservative-led administration

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1989 have been: [4]

CouncillorPartyFromTo
Jimmy Aberdein [5] Labour 19891995
Andy Smith [6] [7] Labour 199530 Jun 2004
Anne Cheale Conservative 30 Jun 200424 May 2006
Terry Hipsey Conservative 24 May 200625 Mar 2009
Garry Hague Conservative 25 Mar 200919 May 2010
John Kent Labour 19 May 201025 May 2016
Rob Gledhill [8] Conservative 25 May 20162 Sep 2022
Mark Coxshall Conservative 13 Oct 2022

Mayors

The role of mayor is largely ceremonical in Thurrock, and is usually held by a different councillor each year. The mayors since 1982 have included:

CouncillorPartyFromTo
Bob Wood [9] [10] Labour 19821983
Sid Josling [11] Labour 19841985
Arthur Clarke [12] Labour 19851986
George Watts [13] Labour 19881989
John Dunn [14] Labour 19891990
Ken Evans [15] Labour 19901991
Kitty Price [16] Labour 19911992
Pat Rice [17] Labour 19931994
Barry Palmer [18] Labour 19941995
Reg Lee [19] Labour 19951996
Sid Josling [11] Labour 19961997
Arthur Bennett [20] Labour 19971998
Albert Vandersteen [21] Labour 19981999
Carl Morris [22] [23] Labour 19992000
Julian Norris [24] [25] Labour 20002001
Barrie Lawrence [24] [23] Labour 20012002
Gordon Barton [26] [23] Labour 20022003
Gerard Rice [17] [27] Labour 20032004
Ian Harrison [28] [29] Conservative 20042005
Colin Churchman [26] [30] Conservative 20052006
Joy Redsell [31] [32] Conservative 20062007
Diane Revell [33] Conservative 20072008
John Everett [34] Conservative 20082009
Maureen Pearce [35] Conservative 20092010
Anne Cheale [36] Thurrock Concerned Conservative 20102011
Yash Gupta [37] [38] Labour 20112013
Tony Fish [39] Labour 20132014
Steve Liddiard [40] Labour 20142015
Sue Gray [41] [42] Labour 20152016
Cathy Kent [43] [44] Labour 20162017
Tunde Ojetola [45] Conservative 20172018
Barbara Rice [46] Labour 20182019
Terry Piccolo [47] Conservative 20192021
Sue Shinnick [48] [49] Labour 20212022
James Halden [50] Conservative 20222023

Council elections

Non-metropolitan district elections

Unitary authority elections

Changes between elections

By-elections

Stifford By-Election 23 July 1998 [57]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour George Watts57856.9-1.8
Conservative Pauline Campbell30430.0-11.3
Liberal Democrats Tracey Ashdown13313.1+13.1
Majority27426.9
Turnout 1,015
Labour hold Swing
Grays By-Election 20 January 2000 [58]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Rosemary McMahon26952.5-11.5
Conservative Kazimierz Rytter15430.1-3.4
Liberal Democrats John Livermore8917.4+8.1
Majority11522.4
Turnout 5128.0
Labour hold Swing
Homesteads By-Election 20 January 2000 [59]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Everett49046.9-0.4
Labour Denise Cooper41940.1-12.5
Independent James Mallon716.8+6.8
Liberal Democrats David Coward646.1+6.1
Majority716.8
Turnout 1,04417.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Aveley By-Election 25 May 2000 [60]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Neil Pearce45464.8+25.7
Green Dean Hall24735.2+31.9
Majority20729.6
Turnout 70112.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
East Tilbury By-Election 25 January 2001 [61]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Independent John Purkiss62367.6+67.6
Labour David Gooding13915.1-49.6
Conservative Robert Barnes13514.6-20.7
Liberal Democrats David Coward252.7+2.7
Majority48452.5
Turnout 92221.4
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Aveley By-Election 6 September 2001 [60]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Colin Churchman80358.7+19.5
Labour Wahidur Rahman45132.9-0.8
Liberal Democrats John Lathan856.2-17.7
Green Dean Hall312.3-1.0
Majority35125.8
Turnout 1,37024.0
Conservative hold Swing
Little Thurrock Blackshotts By-Election 6 September 2001 [62]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Benjamin Maney36245.4-16.7
Labour Eunice Southam27434.3+6.1
Independent Geoffrey Slocock11714.7+14.7
Liberal Democrats Mark Meechan455.7-4.0
Majority8811.1
Turnout 79820.8
Conservative hold Swing
Tilbury Riverside By-Election 25 July 2002 [63]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Kenneth Barrett35872.9-9.3
Liberal Democrats David Coward7014.3+14.3
Conservative Jean Watts6312.9-4.9
Majority28858.6
Turnout 49113.0
Labour hold Swing
Stanford Le Hope East By-Election 29 May 2003 [64]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Terence Hipsey51140.3-7.2
Liberal Democrats James Thompson42833.8+33.8
Labour Julian Norris32925.9-26.6
Majority836.5
Turnout 1,26829.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Grays Riverside By-Election 4 September 2003 [65]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
BNP Nicholas Geri55238.2+38.2
Conservative Nicholas Edwards38226.4-3.3
Labour Remia Sear37425.9-25.2
Liberal Democrats John Livermore1379.5-9.7
Majority17011.8
Turnout 1,44522.0
BNP gain from Labour Swing
Grays Riverside By-Election 1 December 2005 [66]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Val Morris-Cook57542.4+1.8
Conservative Sharon Ponder34825.7-7.2
BNP Emma Colgate34025.1-1.4
Liberal Democrats John Livermore926.8+6.8
Majority22716.7
Turnout 1,35520.0
Labour hold Swing
The Homesteads By-Election 1 December 2005 [66]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Salvatore Benson66142.2-1.1
Conservative Pauline Tolson53434.1-22.6
Liberal Democrats Paul Riley22014.1+14.1
BNP John Cotter1509.6+9.6
Majority1278.1
Turnout 1,56523.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

The resignation of Kevin Wheeler (Thurrock Independent, elected UKIP) on 12 Feb 2018 triggered a by-election in South Ockendon on 22 March 2018, which the Conservatives won on a coin toss. [67]

South Ockendon 22 March 2018 [64]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Andrew Jefferies69636.1
Labour Les Strange69636.1
Thurrock Independent Jack Duffin53128.8
Majority0
Turnout
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing

Changes in affiliation

All 17 of UKIP's Thurrock councillors left the party on 27 January 2018. [68] They now sit as the Thurrock Independents group.

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