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Basildon Council’s Labour leader Gavin Callaghan has announced his resignation as party leader as election results look increasingly like the Conservatives are set to take overall control.
In a statement posted on Twitter, which he said would be taken down later to thwart trolls, Cllr Callaghan said: “I would like to thank the residents of Pitsea North West who re-elected me for a third consecutive time. I promise to carry on working hard for you and your families.
“However, the overall results are a bitter blow for Basildon and it means I will no longer be the leader of our council.
“Ultimately, Basildon wasn’t ready to embrace change. This will have lasting consequences for the next generation in our borough who will now find things tougher than they needed to be.”
At time of writing, the Tories had gained four seats: Pitsea South East, St Martin’s Laindon Park and Vange.