The Labour Group on Southend Council currently consists of eleven councillors who represent Blenheim Park, Kursaal, Milton, St. Laurence, Victoria and Westborough wards.

Their job is to direct policy and oversee the work of the council as a whole and to represent and act as advocates for the people of the wards they represent. They are also involved with local groups and residents’ associations, attend community events and hold regular advice surgeries.

At the local elections on 2nd May 2019 no one party achieved a majority control of Southend Council. However, the Labour, Independent and Liberal Democrat Groups reached an agreement for the benefit of the town and have formed a joint administration with a Labour leader. We will work constructively with our Independent and Liberal Democrat colleagues to protect and improve public services across Southend.

All councillors’ drop-in advice surgeries have been temporarily suspended because of the Coronavirus restrictions.  We wish to remain as helpful as possible to residents, so if you have a council-related matter than needs our attention or assistance please telephone or email the councillor for your ward as listed below. If there isn’t a Labour Councillor for your ward please contact the one nearest one to you

Blenheim Park
Laurie Burton 07816 442701
Matt Dent 01702 212372
Helen McDonald 01702 534161
Stephen George 01702 212906
Kay Mitchell 01702 212169
Cheryl Nevin 01702 212879
St Laurence
Daniel Cowan 01702 534391
 ‘Virtual’ surgeries held online every Tuesday 7-9pm – to book a slot please phone, email or send a message to Daniel at
Margaret Borton 01702 212862
Ian Gilbert 01702 212878
Anne Jones 01702 460952
Kevin Robinson 07898 390983

The normal advice surgery arrangement, as detailed below, will be resumed as soon as we are able.

Under normal circumstances, councillors’ drop-in advice surgeries are held on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10am – 12 noon at the Labour Party office, 268 Sutton Road, Southend on Sea, SS2 5ET – no appointment is needed.

Additionally under normal circumstances:

Milton Ward Councillors hold drop-in advice surgeries on the first Saturday of every month 11am – 12 noon at The Haven, 138-140 Hamlet Court Road.

Blenheim Park Ward drop-in advice surgeries are held by Councillor Laurie Burton on the third Saturday of every month, 9am – 10.30am at 2 Mendip Road, Westcliff (the Careline building).

St. Laurence Ward drop-in advice surgeries are held by Councillor Daniel Cowan on the first Friday of every month at the Ekco Club 10am – 12 noon; the second Tuesday of every month at the Loyal Toast 1pm – 3pm and the third Wednesday of every month at the Holiday Inn 6pm – 8pm. 

There are also roving ‘street surgeries’ held locally in Kursaal ward by our Councillors Matt Dent and Helen McDonald (contact Matt Dent on 07779 413772 / for details of the next one in your road).

All of our councillors can be contacted using the links below and they are always willing to meet residents who have concerns or problems at times and places other than those listed above.

Click on the links below to see that councillor’s profile.

Blenheim Park Ward

Laurie Burton

Kursaal Ward

Matt Dent

Helen McDonald

Milton Ward

Stephen George

Kay Mitchell

Cheryl Nevin

St. Laurence Ward

Daniel Cowan

Victoria Ward

Margaret Borton

Ian Gilbert

Westborough Ward

Anne Jones

Kevin Robinson


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