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More election gains for Tories on Anglia region's councils

Council control on the 56 district, city and borough councils across the Anglia region. Photo: ITV News Anglia (contains OS data © Crown copyright)

The Conservatives have increased their grip on many of the Anglia region's district, city and borough councils following local elections held on the same day as the General Election on Thursday 7 May.

It was the biggest set of elections held in the region in the four-year election cycle with 1,897 councillors elected on 56 councils in the Eastern Counties.

The Conservatives now have control of four more councils after winning an overall majority in Brentwood and Castle Point in Essex, Waveney and Babergh in Suffolk and St Albans in Hertfordshire.

The party did however lose control of Tendring Council in the Clacton and Harwich areas of Essex where UKIP gained 19 councillors. It now means no one party has enough seats to out-vote all the others.

The tally of councillors elected in the Anglia region in the local elections. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Overall the Conservatives won more than 1,300 councillors which was a rise of 156. UKIP also made gains of 19 councillors taking the party's tally to 52.

Like in the General Election, it was a dismal election for the Liberal Democrats. The party lost more than 40% of its councillors losing 86 seats and bringing their total number of council seats down to 119.

Labour lost 43 councillors and now have 234 council seats. The party still controls seven councils in the region: Cambridge, Corby, Harlow, Ipswich, Luton, Norwich and Stevenage.

County-by-county guide to the Council Election results 2015

You can see the council results in your area of the Anglia region by clicking on the links below

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