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Councillor, 18, 'youngest in UK'

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An 18-year-old has been hailed as one of the UK's youngest councillors after winning a seat in Essex.

William Lloyd was able to stand for the Conservatives in Brentwood, Essex, after the minimum age for candidates was lowered from 21 to 18.

The A-level student won his seat after defeating the sitting Lib Dem member.

But there was bad news for the Tories in Thurrock where they lost control of the council. It now has no party in overall control.

The Tories lost two seats to Labour. The council now has 22 Labour members, 24 Conservatives and three independents.

Conservatives held on to Brentwood, taking two seats from the Lib Dems.

'Lib Dem losses'

The Tories now have 28 seats on the council - up two - the Lib Dems have eight - down two - and Labour remain with three councillors.

In Southend the Tories remained in power with a majority of nine.

Conservatives also held on to Maldon District Council, Castle Point Council and Basildon District Council - where they gained one seat from Labour.

The Lib Dems lost control of Uttlesford, with power passing to the Conservatives, who also took control of Braintree.

Harlow, which saw the Lib Dems lose two councillors, retains its status of having no party in overall control.

Colchester remains with no party in overall control. Chelmsford and Tendring have yet to declare.

In Rochford there was no change in the Conservative-controlled council, but the Conservatives lost two seats - one to an independent and one to the Liberal Democrats.

And in Epping Forest there was no change in the Conservative-controlled council, but the Conservatives won two seats as both the Liberal Democrats and one independent lost one seat.

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