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 opened at 7am.

Polling stations opened at 7am.

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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.

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