SOUTHEND-ON-SEA (Essex) (No overall control) The Leader, Deputy Leader and Cabinet are from a coalition of Independents, Labour and Lib Dems.
At the annual meeting on 5 June 2014, the Council confirmed the appointment of a Conservative mayor and Conservative deputy mayor.
There were two candidates for the position of Leader of the Council, an Independent and a Conservative. The Council elected an Independent Leader by 31 votes (Ind, Lab, Lib Dem and UKIP) to 18 (Con), with 1 abstention (Con) and 1 absent (Lab).
The Independent Leader appointed a further 6 colleagues to serve on the Cabinet, including two Deputy Leaders (one Labour and one Lib Dem). The total strength of the Cabinet is Independent 3, Labour 3 and Lib Dem 1.
22 May 2014 Con 19, Independent 13, Lab 9, Lib Dem 5, UKIP 5 3 April 2015 Con 18, Independent 13, Lab 9, Lib Dem 5, Independent UKIP 3, UKIP 1, Vacant 2
Elected on 5 May 2011: Con 9, Independent 4, Lib Dem 2, Lab 2 • On 20 July 2012, it was reported that Ric Morgan (Prittlewell) had resigned from the Lib Dems, attacking Group Leader, Graham Longley’s “dictator-like” style and complaining about the group’s lack of vision. He will continue on the Council, effectively sitting as an Independent, though in fact he has joined the Liberal Party. He is shown on the Council’s website as a member of the Independent Group. • On 23 January 2014, Georgina Phillips (Con) held the seat in West Leigh, following the resignation of the Gwen Horrigan (Con), a long-serving councillor and elderly former mayor, who had been unable to attend a council meeting since May. Unfortunately over recent months her health and that of her husband had deteriorated. • On 22 May 2014, Michael Royston (Lab) gained the second seat in Westborough, caused by the resignation of Martin Terry (Independent), so that he could stand in Thorpe ward against Conservative, Alex Kaye. She had defected from the Independent Group to the Conservatives in March 2013, thereby giving overall control to the Conservatives at that time. Martin Terry duly won his seat in Thorpe, defeating Alex Kaye, and is now a member of the Cabinet.
Elected on 3 May 2012: Con 6, Independent 5, Lib Dem 3, Lab 3 • On 16 December 2012, it was reported that Dr Marimuthu Velmurugan (Westborough) had resigned from the Independent Group. He will sit on his own at council meetings.
Elected on 22 May 2014: UKIP 5, Con 4, Independent 4, Lab 3(4), Lib Dem 1
Since the elections in May 2014, Marimuthu Velmurugan (Westborough) is again shown as a member of the Independents.
On 12 November 2014, it was reported that the UKIP Group had expelled Floyd Waterworth (Blenheim Park), who is the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Southend East and Rochford. James Moyies (West Shoebury) had alleged that Mr Waterworth had used a confidential database of party members to canvas for selection, but the national party subsequently dismissed his complaint (retires 2018)
On 26 January 2015, it was reported that National UKIP had suspended Lawrence Davies (Kursaal), Tino Callaghan (Prittlewell), Lee Burling (St. Laurence) and James Moyies (West Shoebury), because they had disowned their colleague, Floyd Waterworth (Blenheim Park) (all retire 2018)
On 11 March 2015, it was reported that National UKIP had expelled James Moyies (West Shoebury) permanently from the party. Cllr Moyies said that he would remain UKIP Group Leader at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (retires 2018)
On 20 March 2015, it was reported that Liz Day (Con) (West Shoebury) had resigned her seat, after fighting a gutsy, brave and determined battle against breast cancer (retires 2016)
On 29 March 2015, it was reported that Lee Burling (Independent UKIP) (St. Laurence) had resigned (retires 2018)
Elected on 5 May 2011: Con 9, Independent 4, Lab 2, Lib Dem 2 Defended on 7 May 2015: Con 9(10), Independent 4, Lab 3, Lib Dem 1, Independent UKIP (1)
2011 results: Con 9, Ind 4, LD 2, Lab 2 2015 results: Con 12 (+3), Lab 3 (+1), Ind 2 (-2) (+UKIP keeping their St Laurence seat in a double election + Con keeping their West Shoebury seat in a double election)
New council: Con 22, Ind 11, Lab 9, UKIP 5, LD 4
Conservative gains over Liberal Democrats Leigh Prittlewell (thought LD incumbent had defected to Ind)
Conservative gain over Independent Shoeburyness
Labour gain over Independent Westborough (but by-election hold)