Conservatives emerge victorious in local elections
Basildon Borough Conservatives ended the night with 25 seats and an overall majority
Basildon Conservatives have held overall control of Basildon Borough Council and unseated the Leader of the Labour Group following last night's election count at the Basildon Sporting Village.
We were defending 10 of the 14 seats up for grabs across the borough and Conservative councillors were successfully re-elected in nine of them. Sadly, hard-working local Langdon Hills councillor, Chris Allen, lost his re-election battle to an Independent. This is a bitter blow, as Chris won the Langdon Hills by-election last year and, over the past 12 months, has worked tirelessly for the residents of Langdon Hills. We are delighted, however, that our candidate, Sam Gascoyne, gained Pitsea North-West, unseating the Labour leader. We are also pleased to welcome Alex Myers into the Conservative Group following his successful election in Wickford Castledon, succeeding Malcolm Buckley, who has retired from Basildon Council after 30 years service.
"We fought a fair campaign on local issues, having worked very hard and tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that we listen to residents, we engage with residents, we stay in touch with residents and we’ve delivered on our election promises." ~ Cllr Andrew Baggott, Leader of Basildon Conservatives
Cllr Andrew Baggott, Leader of Basildon Conservatives, who was comfortably re-elected to his own seat, said: “Other parties, and the national press, wanted to make these elections about other things. They wanted to talk about 'partygate' and the Prime Minister. But that was not what Basildon residents wanted to talk about. They wanted to talk about local issues. They wanted to talk about the Local Plan. They wanted to talk about crime and anti-social behaviour and what we are doing about it. They wanted to talk about keeping Council Tax low and tackling the cost of living. These are the things we talked about on the doorstep and I am pleased that the Conservatives have been rewarded by being returned to office, so that we can continue this Administration's mission to tackle the things that really matter to people and help make lives better."
"We fought a fair campaign on local issues, having worked very hard and tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that we listen to residents, we engage with residents, we stay in touch with residents and we’ve delivered on our election promises. That work will now continue.”
The Conservative Group will hold their Annual General Meeting on Monday 9th May to elect Group officers, including the Group Leader and Deputy Leader, and to select our candidates for Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the next municipal year.
You can see the full results here.