(UKIP candidates on the campaign trail in Chelmsford. Great Baddow resident Jesse Pryke, UKIP's Central Essex Branch Chairman, is pictured centre. He came second in Stock.)
In the Essex County Council elections held this month UKIP came very close to defeating the Conservatives in Great Baddow. UKIP candidate Jeanette Howes lost by just 72 votes to Conservative winner Jenny Chandler.
Voting for Great Baddow was as follows: Jenny Chandler (Con) 1440; Jeanette Howes (UKIP) 1368; Chris Rycroft (LD) 1191; Richard Hyland (Lab) 472; Darryl Newport (green) 152; Turnout 29.4%.