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Counting starts in General Election dress rehearsal

The first ballot boxes arrive at the Stevenage count in the Hertfordshire County Council election. Photo: Chloe Keedy / ITV News Anglia

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The counting of votes for 430 new county councillors in the Anglia region has started in the curtain-raiser for the General Election in June.

It is rare for local elections to be happening during a General Election campaign. They usually occur on the same day or act as the trigger for a Prime Minister to call a future General Election.

In the Anglia region there are elections to six county councils and an election for the newly-created post of Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with supporters in Oxford. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Given their current standing in the opinion polls it is likely to be a tough night for Labour.

An opposition party should be looking to make gains in councils seat at this point in the electoral cycle but many commentators are expecting them to make losses.

These councils seats were last fought four years ago. 2013 was a breakthrough year for UKIP making sweeping gains in the Eastern Counties and depriving the Conservative of their overall majority on the councils in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

UKIP will be fighting to retain seats now the EU Referendum campaign is over.

The result of the last County Council elections in the Anglia region in 2013.

The Liberal Democrats will be looking for an signs of recovery after disaster at the last General Election in 2015 which saw them dip from more than 50 MPs to just 8.

In the county council elections in 2013 in the Anglia region the Lib Dem lost 23 seats.

It was the Conservatives that saw the biggest losses back in 2013 although the party still maintained its dominant position on all the region's County Councils.

The party will be aiming to win back overall majorities in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk where they currently run minority administrations.

While these are votes in a local election, the results and trends will be scrutinised closely by all the parties for any indication of how the General Election may play out in five weeks.

Polling official Dave Jones prepares a caravan being used as a polling station for voters in the local council electionsin the grounds of a Tesco supermarket in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The counts in Hertfordshire and Essex are being held overnight while counting won't start until Friday morning in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The count in Northamptonshire and for the Mayoral race in Cambridgeshire is being conducted on Friday afternoon.

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