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Conservatives hold North Hertfordshire but with a reduced majority

The Conservatives have held North Hertfordshire council. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats both made gains in North Hertfordshire - but not enough to take overall control of the council away from the Tories.

The Conservatives still have a sizeable majority of 19 councillors.

The local authority has been in the hands of the Tories since 1999 when it took over from Labour.

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Tories hold South Cambridgeshire with reduced majority

The Conservatives have held South Cambridgeshire council. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The Conservatives still have an overall majority on South Cambridgeshire District Council despite slight losses in yesterday's poll.

The Tories and independent candidates lost out in favour of the Liberal Democrats.

But the Conservatives still have a majority of 15 over the other parties.

Tories hold Welwyn Hatfield with slightly reduced majority

The Conservatives have held Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservatives have held onto their overall majority on Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council despite losing seats to Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Boundary changes mean an all-out election, but the number of councillors remains the same.

The Tories have held power in Welwyn since 2002. The party now has a majority of 8 over the other parties.

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Colchester remains a hung council but with fewer councillors

Both Conservative and Lib Dem councillors reduced Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Borough Council remains with no party in overall control following Thursday's local elections.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats lost five seats each, with Labour gaining two after boundary changes reduced the total number of councillors overall by nine.

The council has been effectively hung since 1998 when the Liberal Democrats were last in power.

The town's long-serving Lib Dem MP Sir Bob Russell was ousting by the Conservatives in last year's General Election.

UKIP: 'These are fantastic wins...it says the country are looking for something different"

Counting in the local elections is still underway.

The big story of the night were the gains made by UKIP in Great Yarmouth and Thurrock in Essex.

UKIP have won six seats on Thurrock Council, missing out on being the largest party by a single vote.

UKIP's local government spokesman Peter Reeve said his party were delighted with the win and are offering the country 'something different'.

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