BATTLE lines have been drawn as the parties across Colchester declared their runners and riders for the elections on May 6.

The Essex County Council elections will see eight seats across the Braintree district being contested.

In total there are 75 seats up for grabs on the council.

As it stands the county council is Conservative-led, with the party having 52 councillors.

The Lib Dems have eight, Labour six, there are seven non-aligned councillors, one indepedent and there is one vacancy.

There is also an election for the post of Essex police, fire and crime commissioner.

Two seats on Braintree Council are up for grabs, with by-elections for the Hatfield Peverel and Terling ward and in Witham South.

A seat for the Hatfield Ward on Witham Town Council is also being fought.

Essex County Council


Lynette Bowers-Flint (Con)

James Card (Lib Dem)

Moia Thorogood (Lab)

Nick Unsworth (Green)

Braintree Eastern

Barry Fleet (Lib Dem)

Robert Mitchell (Con)

Robert Powers (Lab)

Paul Thorogood (Green)

Braintree Town

Tom Cunningham (Con)

Keiran Martin (Lab)

Kate Onions (Lib Dem)

Colin Riches (Ind)


Jo Beavis (Ind)

Chris Siddall (Con)

Garry Warren (Lab)

Andrew Waugh (Lib Dem)


Mark Galvin (Lib Dem)

Shan Newhouse (Lab)

Mark Posen (Green)

Peter Schwier (Con)

Three Fields with Great Notley

Graham Butland (Con)

JackColeman (Lab)

Graham Sheppard (Lib Dem)

Michael Staines (Ind)

Witham Northern

James Abbott (Green)

Phil Barlow (Lab)

David Hodges (Ind)

Ross Playle (Con)

Witham Southern

Leanora Headley (Lab)

Philip Hughes (Green)

Derrick Louis (Con)

Charles Ryland (Lib Dem)

Braintree Council

Hatfield Peverel and Terling

Jonathan Barker (Green)

Jack Coleman (Lab)

David Hodges (Ind)

Darren White (Con)

Witham South

Paul Heath (Lab)

Philip Hughes (Green)

William Korsinah (Con)

Charles Ryland (Lib Dem)

Witham Town Council

Hatfield Ward

Stephanie Bills (Green)

Paul Heath (Lab)

Sindhu Rajeev (Ind)

Charles Ryland (Lib Dem)

Joann Williams (Con)