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Colchester Borough Council
A third of the seats in Colchester were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.
Election 2018 Results
|Party||Elected in 2018||Total councillors||Change|
|Elected in 2018 10||Total councillors 25||Change+2|
|Elected in 2018 2||Total councillors 12||Change-2|
|Elected in 2018 4||Total councillors 11||ChangeNo results|
|Elected in 2018 1||Total councillors 3||ChangeNo results|
|Councillors change compared with 2016|
Two violent assaults against bin men have been strongly condemned by their employer Colchester Borough Council.
The unprovoked attacks took place as the men collected food waste in Skipper Grove, Stanway, and Anglesey Road, Wivenhoe, just after 16:00 on Wednesday.
One of the workers was taken to hospital with serious facial injuries and is still receiving treatment. The other is recovering at home.
Anyone with information should contact Essex Police.
The Conservatives have increased their number of seats on Colchester Borough Council, but ended one seat short of an overall majority.
Politics, it seems, is not the only election battle ground.
In Colchester, those involved in counting the ballots have been spotted engaging in a spot of cross-table thimble warfare.
The Conservatives have taken Stanway from the Liberal Democrats on Colchester Borough Council.
At the count for the election at Colchester Borough Council, we've been talking to representatives of the parties.
Will Quince, Conservative MP for Colchester, said: "We are trying to hold a number of seats. We might get a good result in Colchester - I'm quietly confident of a good result."
Tim Young, Labour councilor and deputy leader of Colchester Borough, said he was "very hopeful in a number of wards" and said he would be "disappointed if we don't make net gains tonight".
Paul Smith, Lib Dem leader of the council said, going into the election, he'd given up trying to predict the result.
"There has been a strong response to the Lib Dem message," he said. "Some seats looking very close. Tories looking less confident of gains tonight."
BBC Look East political correspondent
Polling has begun for elections for some district and unitary councils in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
Across the country, 150 local authorities are electing new councillors, and there are six mayoral contests.
Councils holding elections here are:
- Cambridgeshire: Cambridge City and Peterborough City
- Essex: Colchester Borough, Basildon District, Harlow, Brentwood Borough, Castle Point Borough, Rochford District and Southend Borough
- Norfolk: Great Yarmouth Borough and Norwich City
- Suffolk: Ipswich Borough
In most places, a third of seats are being contested.
Polling stations close at 22:00 and BBC East will be providing live online coverage afterwards.