ELECTION '10: Southend and Rochford remain 'Blue'

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Southend and Rochford remain 'Blue' this morning, after Conservative candidates James Duddridge (left) and David Amess (right) easily won their respective election battles.

As reported earlier, Rochford and Southend East was the first of our two constituencies to declare results at 4.

BREAKING NEWS: Duddridge holds Rochford and Southend East

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Conservative candidate James Duddridge has won in Rochford & Southend East.

He polled 19,509 votes, beating Kevin Bonavia who polled 8,459. Liberal Democrat candidate Graham Longley polled 8,084.


LIVE TEXT: Election 2010 @ Southend counts

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This is the LIVE page for Longpier coverage of the General Election results for Southend West and Rochford & Southend East. You will find out the results here FIRST - so bookmark this page.

Most recent updates appear at the top:
0435 - Counting finished - results imminent

0428 - Mark Francois, CONSERVATIVE elected Rayleigh and Wickford MP

0420 - James Duddridge tells Stuart Byford of Longpier.

LIVE: Coverage of Election 2010 for Southend

Longpier at related • 0 views will be providing up to the minute, unrivalled coverage of this year's General and Local elections. We'll be FIRST with the result - expected around 3am.

We'll be at the General Election count at Garon Park TONIGHT when all eyes will be on the results from the constituencies of Rochford & Southend East and Southend West.

NEWS: Details of our Election 2010 coverage

Longpier at related • 0 views will be providing up to the minute, unrivalled coverage of this year's General and Local elections.

First we'll be at the General Election count at Garon Park on Thursday night when all eyes will be on the results from the constituencies of Rochford & Southend East and Southend West.

NEWS: Southend to outline summer plans

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Did you know the tourist industry contributes £300m to the Southend economy? To mark British Tourist Week, the borough's council will be outlining its plans for a fun-filled summer of sand, sea and exciting events on Thursday (Mar 18).

Around 18% of the town's workforce is directly involved in tourism or tourism-related
industries, making it one of the borough's key business sectors.

NEWS: Warning of bogus officers in Southend

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Police in Southend are warning the public following a number of incidents where bogus callers, pretending to be police officers, have duped mostly elderly householders into allowing them into their homes and then stolen money from them.

Incidents were reported on March 4 in Rochford, Eastwood, Leigh and Westcliff where two white men, aged between 28-50 claimed to be detectives investigating a nearby burglary and needing to check the home to see if they had been burgled.

Then there were three : Laura joins Longpier

Longpier at related • 0 views is delighted to announce the appointment of another team member. 18 year old Laura Ward, from Benfleet, joins the site as she prepares to study Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Greenwich in September.

Laura spends most of her time in Leigh and Southend and has a keen interest in the area.

NEWS: Southend area MPs pay back expenses

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More than half of all MPs, including the two that represent the Southend area, have been ordered to pay back more than a total of £1.1m which they'd wrongly claimed in expenses.

David Amess MP (Con, Southend West right on pic) was told to pay back £1,100.06 in excessive expenses, while James Duddridge (Con, Rochford & Southend East left on pic) had to pay back £480.

Say hello to Longpier's newest recruit

Longpier at related • 2 views is proud to introduce our newest recruit - Charlotte Searles. 21 year old Charlotte, who's lived in the Southend area all her life, joins our reporting team and can't wait to get started. We're delighted to have her on board.

So, who is Charlotte and what makes her tick?

NEWS: Search for 'Citizen of Southend 2010'

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Nominations have opened for this year's 'Citizen of Southend' awards. It's time to recognise those unsung heroes who perform selfless acts of kindness or make an outstanding contribution to the community.

The awards cover two categories - Adult and Youth (under 19) – with nominations coming from members of the public.

Cut in night flights at Southend Airport

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New controls for Southend Airport have been agreed by Southend and Rochford councils, after residents voiced concerns about plans to increase the number of flights over the area. If proposed expansion plans happen, then operators will be forced to cut the number of night flights by 87% from a proposed 900 a month to just 120.

Rochford's battle over green belt land

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Hundreds of residents in Rochford are joining forces to campaign against plans to build 326 new homes on green belt land.

Developers - the Colonnade Group - have put forward plans for the new builds on land at Coombes Farm in Stambridge. On its website, Colonnade claim the



FC Santa Rosa opens 2010 Season with a win

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FC Santa Rosa U-16's opened the 2010 TTFF National Youth League Season with a bang, showing grit and coming from behind to win 2-1 against Queen's Park CC at the Youth Training Centre, Arouca.

Santa Rosa dominated the 1st half but fell behind to a 35th. minute Queen's Park free-kick that penetrated the home team's wall.

Comienza el Mundial Sub-20 en Egipto con muchos goles y buen fútbol

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Quizá este Mundial Sub-20 no llama tanto de la atención de los mexicanos porque nuestra Selección de esa categoría no logró calificar. Pero a los que nos gusta mucho el fútbol, no ocupamos pretexto para no ver estos partidos, o al menos estar enterado de cómo van las cosas.


ELECTION 10: History of how Southend has voted

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As the country gears up for election day on May 6th, takes a look at the way the residents of the Southend borough have voted in the past century.

Thanks to our friends at the Southend Timeline website, we've been able to trace back voting preferences from 1918, to the last election - in 2005.

ELECTION 10: Guide to Rochford & Southend East

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It's been announced that the General Election will be held on 6th May 2010. But who are the candidates in our area? We have two constituencies here in Southend and surrounding areas. Here is a guide to one of them - Rochford & Southend East. You can click here for the guide to Southend West.

ELECTION 10: Guide to Southend West

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It's been announced that the General Election will be held on 6th May 2010. But who are the candidates in our area? We have two constituencies here in Southend and surrounding areas. Here is a guide to one of them - Southend West. You can click here for the guide to Rochford and Southend East.

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NEWS: Criticism over Rochford's SX Festival

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Numerous bands and revellers have hit out over the organisation of this weekend's SX Festival in Rochford.

The two day event - held over 15th and 16th May - was meant to feature more than 80 bands over five stages, but understands that several billed artists didn't turn up, due to what they called, "poor organisation".

We’re On A Highway To Hamburg – starring Fulham F.C.

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Barcelona lost. Lyon lost. Both defeats were put down, in part, to arduous journeys across Europe by modes other than aeroplanes which sapped the energy of the players and left them struggling through the first legs of their UEFA Champions League semi finals.

There is an element of truth in it but it is largely an excuse.

BREAKING: Southend Airport expansion given go-ahead

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Within the last few minutes, it's been confirmed that the expansion of Southend Airport can go ahead.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government John Denham has said the plans, which include extension of the runway to accomodate bigger planes, will not be referred to a public inquiry and therefore work can begin.

FORUM: Is 'Better Southend' publicity worth £70k?

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It's emerged Southend Council is spending £70,000, over two years, to highlight and promote four large road improvement schemes across the borough.

You may have seen the 'Better Southend' logos popping up since December on lampposts leading to and from the roadwork sites at City Beach, Cuckoo Corner, Victoria Square and the Progress Road junction with the A127.

NEWS: New initative to promote Southend

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A vivid splash of colour has sprung up along Southend's High Street, with an array of 40 eye-catching banners helping to highlight all the town has to offer.

The banners are part of a special initiative from the Southend Town Centre Partnership that aims to promote a variety of themes, including 'Culture-on-Sea' and 'Shopping-on-Sea'.

PICS & VIDEO: Southend snow

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Thanks to everyone who's been sending in photographs and videos of the snow. We've had scores of pictures and we're keen for more, so please keep emailing them to and the best will appear on the site.

Tragic deaths of a Rochford couple

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A man from Rochford is thought to have committed suicide after shooting his wife who was suffering from multiple sclerosis.

The couple, named locally as Bill and Pam Edgar from Shopland Road were found dead yesterday (14th Dec).

Police discovered the body of 81-year-old Mrs Edgar at her home address after being called by a neighbour.

NEWS: Southend makes £1.2m from parking fines

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Traffic wardens in the borough of Southend dished out more than £1.2m worth of parking tickets in the past year.

The figures - released by the Taxpayers Alliance - reveal fines in the borough were actually down by almost £100,000 on the previous year.

For the tax year between 2007-8, the council made £1,305,940 whereas in 2008-9, it made£1,209,183 through fines.

The driving force behind a Peaceful Place

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Celia Riley, from Thorpe Bay, is a rare breed. Passionate about her job, she works twice the amount of hours she's contracted for. For 50+ hours a week, her pay is relatively paltry. Her commitment to what she does is unfaltering despite the challenging nature of the work involved. Yet, Celia is slowly but surely raising the profile of a charity that's been quietly helping younger people and their families living with dementia.