Election 2017: Uttlesford voters head to the polls to elect new county councillors
PUBLISHED: 11:40 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:40 04 May 2017
Polling stations are open across the country today to allow new county councils to be elected – and give voters the chance to tell politicians what they think of them a month before the general election.
Countywide in Essex, the Conservatives appear confident of improving their majority because they expect a fall in the number of votes for UKIP.
For a full list of candidates in the four Uttlesford divisions – Dunmow, Saffron Walden, Stansted and Thaxted – see below:
Dunmow Division – 19,310 registered voters
Alexander Eric Armstrong – Residents for Uttlesford
Susan Barker – Conservatives
Lori Flawn – Liberal Democrats
Bill McCarthy – Labour
Ashley Payne – Green Party
Alan Patrick Stannard – UKIP
Saffron Walden Division – 16,306 registered voters
Sarah Jane Heaton Allington – Green Party
Heather Jane Asker – Residents for Uttlesford
John Michael Moran – Conservatives
Joan Hilary Shibata – Liberal Democrats
Simon David Trimnell – Labour
Raymond Barry Tyler – UKIP
Stansted Division – 15,350 registered voters
David Ronald Allum – UKIP
Thomas Albert Van de Bilt – Labour
Melvin Henry Caton – Liberal Democrats
Anthony David Gerard – Residents for Uttlesford
Ray Gooding – Conservatives
Karmel Stannard – Green Party
Thaxted Division – 14,018 registered voters
Paul Henry Allington – Green Party
Lorna Ann Howe – UKIP
Peter John Simmons – Labour
Simon Michael Walsh – Conservatives
Antoinette Magdeleie Wattebot – Liberal Democrats
Polling stations are open until 10pm tonight, but many residents have already had their say by casting postal votes over the last few weeks.
Districts and boroughs in Essex are counting their votes overnight and the shape of the county council should be known by breakfast time tomorrow.
We will be putting all results online as soon as they come through tonight, so be sure to check www.saffronwaldenreporter.co.uk and www.dunmowbroadcast.co.uk for updates.
You can also follow our reporters, Will Lodge – @essexwill – and Michael Steward – @MichaelReporter – on Twitter, who will be covering the evening’s results.