Pam Challis loses seat as Castle Point falls from Tory control

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UKIP gained five seats on Castle Point Council including leader Pam Challis' St Peter's ward to remove the Conservatives from overall control.

The Tories remain the largest party, but will have to elect a new leader and decide whether to form a coalition or try to rule as a minority administration in the next few days.

Mrs Challis lost her seat to 87-year-old Ron Hurrell, who was said to be at home in bed, rather than at the count.

Ukip parliamentary candidate Jamie Huntman said: "Lots of people came out to vote for us who hadn't voted for years and years, they've got someone who speaks for them now rather than the three centre left parties."

Heartbroken Mrs Challis said: "I'm proud of what I've achieved over the years I can go out with flying colours, having turned the council from a poor council into one that's recognised across the country as being a good one."

The council now has 20 Conservative members, 16 Canvey Island Independents and 5 Ukip members.

Ukip gained members in Appleton, Victoria, Cedar Hall, St Peter's and St George's.

The Canvey Island Independents re-gained the Canvey Island South seat they previously lost to a defection. Successfully defending five other seats.

For much more election coverage, see Monday's Castle Point Echo.

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6:35am Fri 23 May 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Well it had to happen afraid. Us Deanes campaigners will be around for a long time...!
Well it had to happen afraid. Us Deanes campaigners will be around for a long time...! saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 29

6:47am Fri 23 May 14

Cor Blimey says...

Please start reversing all the stupid road schemes in Benfleet including ripping up the bus lane on bread and cheese hill.

Victory for Castle Point at last!!!!!
Please start reversing all the stupid road schemes in Benfleet including ripping up the bus lane on bread and cheese hill. Victory for Castle Point at last!!!!! Cor Blimey
  • Score: 33

6:49am Fri 23 May 14

alarminstaller says...

Politicians really should try listening to the what The Community want not what they personally think they want.
Politicians really should try listening to the what The Community want not what they personally think they want. alarminstaller
  • Score: 34

7:24am Fri 23 May 14

NoNameOrHaveI says...

Most disappointing yet, I only had the option to vote for Labour, Cons and CIIP, I choose none!!
Most disappointing yet, I only had the option to vote for Labour, Cons and CIIP, I choose none!! NoNameOrHaveI
  • Score: 7

10:40am Fri 23 May 14

Rat-man says...

saveDeanesschool wrote:
Well it had to happen afraid. Us Deanes campaigners will be around for a long time...!
Another lie from the pig ignorant campaigners.

It was Essex County Council who tried to close the school NOT Castle Point.

And you really should be asking what the two UKIP County Councillors did to save the school because from where I'm standing it was shamefully little.
[quote][p][bold]saveDeanesschool[/bold] wrote: Well it had to happen afraid. Us Deanes campaigners will be around for a long time...![/p][/quote]Another lie from the pig ignorant campaigners. It was Essex County Council who tried to close the school NOT Castle Point. And you really should be asking what the two UKIP County Councillors did to save the school because from where I'm standing it was shamefully little. Rat-man
  • Score: -11

12:13pm Fri 23 May 14

samsoper says...

Numerous emails over the years to Pam Challis never had reply. Hope her replacement has more manners. !
Numerous emails over the years to Pam Challis never had reply. Hope her replacement has more manners. ! samsoper
  • Score: 27

12:21pm Fri 23 May 14

gazzer57 says...

Pam Challis lost because of the building plan. if you look at the wards that went to ukip they are all next to the major 800 house building plan. So take note Rebecca Harris MP because if you don't do something the people want stopped, you will be next.
Pam Challis lost because of the building plan. if you look at the wards that went to ukip they are all next to the major 800 house building plan. So take note Rebecca Harris MP because if you don't do something the people want stopped, you will be next. gazzer57
  • Score: 41

4:01pm Fri 23 May 14

cheeky_chappy says...

How bad is that? She not only loses control of the council, she lost in her own ward as well! And to an 87 year old unknown that didnt even turn up for the results as he was at home in bed! hahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahaha Says it all really doesnt it. Well done UKIP.
How bad is that? She not only loses control of the council, she lost in her own ward as well! And to an 87 year old unknown that didnt even turn up for the results as he was at home in bed! hahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahaha Says it all really doesnt it. Well done UKIP. cheeky_chappy
  • Score: 28

4:21pm Fri 23 May 14

runwellian says...

A well deserved loss, the voice of the public has been heard!
A well deserved loss, the voice of the public has been heard! runwellian
  • Score: 29

5:32pm Fri 23 May 14

LexyGirl says...

This is fantastic news, I'm so pleased :))
This is fantastic news, I'm so pleased :)) LexyGirl
  • Score: 22

5:35pm Fri 23 May 14

CarnMountification says...

Hope she collects her soiled seat cover, she might need it
Hope she collects her soiled seat cover, she might need it CarnMountification
  • Score: 14

5:37pm Fri 23 May 14

CarnMountification says...

These Conservative scum have ruined so much
These Conservative scum have ruined so much CarnMountification
  • Score: 20

5:48pm Fri 23 May 14

CarnMountification says...

cheeky_chappy wrote:
How bad is that? She not only loses control of the council, she lost in her own ward as well! And to an 87 year old unknown that didnt even turn up for the results as he was at home in bed! hahahahahahahahahaha

hahahahahahaha Says it all really doesnt it. Well done UKIP.
The Conservatives have behaved so badly, not giving a hoot to anyone but themselves, stealing allowances from their greedy pus filled jobs, they deserve to be kicked into the gutter, in the mean time, see a Blue'ee say how dare you...
[quote][p][bold]cheeky_chappy[/bold] wrote: How bad is that? She not only loses control of the council, she lost in her own ward as well! And to an 87 year old unknown that didnt even turn up for the results as he was at home in bed! hahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahaha Says it all really doesnt it. Well done UKIP.[/p][/quote]The Conservatives have behaved so badly, not giving a hoot to anyone but themselves, stealing allowances from their greedy pus filled jobs, they deserve to be kicked into the gutter, in the mean time, see a Blue'ee say how dare you... CarnMountification
  • Score: 18

5:53pm Fri 23 May 14

CarnMountification says...

samsoper wrote:
Numerous emails over the years to Pam Challis never had reply. Hope her replacement has more manners. !
Perhaps you could go round and visit her, if you do, say thanks for ripping us off.
[quote][p][bold]samsoper[/bold] wrote: Numerous emails over the years to Pam Challis never had reply. Hope her replacement has more manners. ![/p][/quote]Perhaps you could go round and visit her, if you do, say thanks for ripping us off. CarnMountification
  • Score: 16

8:50pm Fri 23 May 14

pendulum says...

No streetlights, no vote.
No streetlights, no vote. pendulum
  • Score: 15

4:46pm Sun 25 May 14

runwellian says...

Who thinks Ron Hurrel is any better, is this not the man that writes to the Echo **** about every issue, has an opinion on everything but never excepts that he can be wrong ... heaven help us!
Who thinks Ron Hurrel is any better, is this not the man that writes to the Echo **** about every issue, has an opinion on everything but never excepts that he can be wrong ... heaven help us! runwellian
  • Score: -3

7:36pm Sun 25 May 14

Cor Blimey says...

runwellian wrote:
Who thinks Ron Hurrel is any better, is this not the man that writes to the Echo **** about every issue, has an opinion on everything but never excepts that he can be wrong ... heaven help us!
The mans 87, don't stress! He'll be dead before the years out
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Who thinks Ron Hurrel is any better, is this not the man that writes to the Echo **** about every issue, has an opinion on everything but never excepts that he can be wrong ... heaven help us![/p][/quote]The mans 87, don't stress! He'll be dead before the years out Cor Blimey
  • Score: -2

12:18am Mon 26 May 14

John Right says...

Silly ****, lost it for turning off some bulbs.
Silly ****, lost it for turning off some bulbs. John Right
  • Score: 1

4:32pm Mon 26 May 14

yellowfairy says...

Good riddance.......Peopl
e power
Good riddance.......Peopl e power yellowfairy
  • Score: 1

5:32pm Mon 26 May 14

Echoed1 says...

I am sure Pam Challis is a decent person who worked for the good of the community, I personally have been (Nationally a Labour Supporter) and in local government I would vote for whom I perceived as the most competent..
I will be watching Ron Hurrels contribution and will vote accordyling next time. Personally if the guy cannot turn up for the result has he got anything left in the tank to be a acitve Councillor? I don't think so but I hope he proves me wrong. Local Councillors have to balance the books and that is a reality in life that we all do not share. So Ron good luck and welcome to the real world.
I am sure Pam Challis is a decent person who worked for the good of the community, I personally have been (Nationally a Labour Supporter) and in local government I would vote for whom I perceived as the most competent.. I will be watching Ron Hurrels contribution and will vote accordyling next time. Personally if the guy cannot turn up for the result has he got anything left in the tank to be a acitve Councillor? I don't think so but I hope he proves me wrong. Local Councillors have to balance the books and that is a reality in life that we all do not share. So Ron good luck and welcome to the real world. Echoed1
  • Score: 0

11:43am Wed 28 May 14

Sim0n says...

The election last week was for the election of Castle Borough Council Councillors.

Castle Point Councillors had no say in the proposed closure of The Deanes school but had plenty to say in keeping it open,

The street lights going off at night again is not a Castle Point controlled action but the whole council again tried to get this action reversed even agreeing to offer to pay ECC the difference.

The bus lane down Bread and Cheese Hill again is a Essex County Council controlled issue but CPBC Cllrs in April where told by Head of Highways at ECC that the bus lane will be removed when we asked him to review the Bus Lane .

Communication with residents is important and should not be ignored,.
Various Cllr's in Castle Point ( all parties ) have meet your Cllr surgeries on a regular basis, and in Hadleigh I know it is twice a month .

I wish all elected Cllrs good luck in representing their residents from what ever party they represent .

Cllr Simon Hart ( Victoria Ward )
The election last week was for the election of Castle Borough Council Councillors. Castle Point Councillors had no say in the proposed closure of The Deanes school but had plenty to say in keeping it open, The street lights going off at night again is not a Castle Point controlled action but the whole council again tried to get this action reversed even agreeing to offer to pay ECC the difference. The bus lane down Bread and Cheese Hill again is a Essex County Council controlled issue but CPBC Cllrs in April where told by Head of Highways at ECC that the bus lane will be removed when we asked him to review the Bus Lane . Communication with residents is important and should not be ignored,. Various Cllr's in Castle Point ( all parties ) have meet your Cllr surgeries on a regular basis, and in Hadleigh I know it is twice a month . I wish all elected Cllrs good luck in representing their residents from what ever party they represent . Cllr Simon Hart ( Victoria Ward ) Sim0n
  • Score: 1

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