Colchester Borough Council

Colchester scoreboard

2021 no overall control, no change from 2019

Counting complete. After 19 of 19 seats declared.

Change compared with 2019
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 9
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 23
  2. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -1
    • Councillors overall total 12
  3. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 11
  4. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 3
  5. Green

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 2
  1. Colchester Borough Council: No overall control

    Colchester Borough Council remains in no overall control.

    The Lib Dems run the council in a coalition with Labour,

    Of the 19 seats up for for grabs, the Lib Dems lost to the Green Party in Castle ward and Labour in both New Town and Christchurch.

    The Lib Dems did, however, take Wivenhoe from Labour.

    The Conservatives last won a majority in 1984.

    Colchester count
  2. Colchester: Lib Dems under pressure?

    Deborah McGurran

    BBC East political editor

    At the Colchester count in Charter Hall, the Lib Dems - who run Colchester Borough Council in a coalition with Labour - appear to be under pressure.

    Results here are expected at about 04:30 BST.

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  3. Colchester Borough Council: Current situation

    Colchester Borough Council HQ

    Colchester Borough Council is responsible for services like bin collections, parks, public housing and local planning applications.

    Party in power: No overall control

    Seats up for election: 19

    Seats on council: 51

    The Conservatives last won a majority in 1984.

    Other public services are controlled by Essex County Council which covers a wider area.

  4. Staff take on new roles to help in key areas

    Council sign

    Local authority staff in Essex have been redeployed to work on helplines, undertake community patrols and delivering vital supplies.

    Nearly 50 Colchester Borough Council workers have taken up the temporary roles to support key services during the coronavirus lockdown, the council said.

    Liberal Democrat leader of the council, Mark Cory, said: "Our staff, who show exceptional commitment at the best of times, have been stretching themselves even further over the last four weeks, and often beyond their comfort zones, to help keep critical front line services going."

  5. Lib Dem national leader cites Brexit on visits in Essex

    While Chelmsford's Conservative MP was "visibly upset" as her party lost its massive majority and control at the city council, one of the national party leaders has pitched up in the county town and in Colchester with a smile on his face.

    Colchester was a target council for the Tories, but they lost one seat and it remains in a situation where no single party has overall control.

    Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has been congratulate local party members.

    Vince Cable in Colchester

    "It's not just Chelmsford - we've done massively well across the country," he said.

    "People are fed up with the complete deadlock in government.

    "The future of the health service, homelessness, underfunding in social services, education and knife crime have all been neglected.

    "We want to stop Brexit and we want a 'people's vote' so that ultimately people can decide which way we go on the matter."