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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is the local authority of Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Arms of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Cllr John Lamb, Conservative
since 9 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Tony Cox, Conservative
since 9 May 2019
Seats51 councillors
Southend council 2019
Political groups
     Conservative (20)
Other Parties
     Labour (14)
     Liberal Democrats (5)
     Independent (12)
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
7 May 2020



Seventeen wards each return three councillors, a total of 51. Councillors serve four years and one third of the council is elected each year, followed by one year without election. The current composition of the council is (as of 5 May 2019):[1]

Affiliation Councillors
Conservative 20
Labour 14
Independent 12
Liberal Democrat 5

Since the 2000 election the council has been run by a Conservative Administration, except for May 2014 - May 2016, where the council's administration was run by a rainbow coalition of Independent Group, Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors.[2]. On occasions the council has been in no overall control, but the Conservatives continued in administration apart from May 2014 - May 2016.


In 2007, Southend Borough Council was criticised as one of the worst financially managed local authorities in England by the Audit Commission report for 2006/7, one of three to gain only one of four stars, the others being Liverpool and the Isles of Scilly. [3]

In March 2012, Southend Borough Council was awarded the title of 'Council of the Year 2012' by the Local Government Chronicle.[4]


  1. ^ "Your Councillors by Party". Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Who will be running Southend Council? Take a look at your new cabinet members". Southend: Echo. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  3. ^ Laura Smith (30 January 2008). "Echo News - Official: Council is wasting our cash". Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  4. ^ Uncited (14 March 2012). "Southend Council wins council of the year at Local Government Chronicle awards". Retrieved 8 April 2013.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Blackburn with Darwen
LGC Council of the Year
Succeeded by