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Early results in Cambridgeshire go the way of the Tories

Counting for the votes in East Cambridgeshire at Soham Sports Centre. Credit: Cambridgeshire County Council

The first county council results have been declared in Cambridgeshire less than 90 minutes after counting started on Friday morning.

Seven of the eight County Council divisions in East Cambridgeshire have gone to the Conservatives with the Liberal Democrats winning Sutton.

UKIP lose Yarmouth Nelson seat to Labour

Great Yarmouth was a stronghold for UKIP in 2013. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour have added to UKIP's woes in the local elections by stealing the Yarmouth & Southtown seat in Norfolk.

UKIP won the division back in 2013, but were defeated this time around as Labour's Mike Smith-Clare came out on top.

The party were also beaten in nearby Breydon as Carl Smith gained the seat for the Conservatives.

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Forest Heath Council count about to get underway

Staff at the Forest Heath Council count. Credit: Forest Heath Council

Following overnight counts in Essex and Hertfordshire, attention has now turned to other councils across the region.

Staff are just beginning to sift through the votes for Forest Heath Council in West Suffolk which is an area largely controlled by the Conservatives currently.

It will be worth keeping an eye on Haverhill East & Kedington and Exning & Newmarket which were won by UKIP in 2013, but could be under threat this time out from other parties.

Mixed turnout across Cambridgeshire for Mayor vote

The turnout was above 40% in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There's been a mixed turnout to decide the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with some residents choosing to stay away from the polls.

There was a fairly strong showing in Cambridge where more than 40% of people cast a vote, but the figure was far lower in Peterborough.

Percentage turnout for mayoral vote

  • South Cambs: 42.4%
  • Cambridge City: 42.2%
  • East Cambs: 34.02%
  • Huntingdonshire: 32.8%
  • Fenland: 26.9%
  • Peterborough: 24.7%

The winner won't be revealed until much later on Friday, with an announcement due at around 5pm.

The 'metro mayor' will head up a new devolved authority with greater power over transport, housing and investment.

Stevenage councillor not expecting big Lib Dem recovery

The Leader of the Stevenage Liberal Democrats has told ITV News Anglia he doesn't expect his party to make a big impression at the General Election next month.

Robin Parker was speaking after holding his seat in the Chells division with a majority of 981.

The party haven't really made many inroads elsewhere in the local elections though, and Mr Parker believes it will be a similar story on June 8.

"I think for what it's worth that the Lib Dems will go up slightly, not hugely, and I think Labour will come down a bit," he said.

"I think we'll have a Conservative victory, that's my honest view, because I think a lot of people will fall for Theresa May going on about a strong and stable government.

"I think we will gain some ground, but I'm not suggesting for a minute that we'll sweep the board."

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Local elections so far: 30-second catch-up

If you haven't caught up yet with what's happened in the local elections overnight, we've put together a short video to get you up to date.

A word of warning though - If you're a UKIP supporter, you might want to look away now...

Votes in the county council elections in Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk will be counted during Friday along with the election for the new Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

UKIP wiped out in Essex as Conservatives surge ahead

The Conservatives have strengthened their majority on Essex County Council.

The Conservative have increased their working majority four-fold on Essex County Council as UKIP lost all their seats.

The Tories gained 14 seats compared with 2013 when the last county council elections were held.

UKIP made their big breakthrough four years ago winning nine seats in Essex with 27% of the vote. In this election, the pro-Brexit party lost all its seats.

The Liberal Democrats became the main opposition party in Essex finishing the night a single seat ahead of Labour.

I am delighted to have been given a mandate from the people of Essex to continue to carry on our work to make the county the best place to live and work, where our most vulnerable people are protected as well as given the chance to live independent lives.

I am also looking forward to continuing to work in our new organisation as we restructure and change our culture in order to meet the challenges and opportunities we will face over the coming months.

– Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council

Priti Patel warns against complacency after local election success

The International Development Secretary Priti Patal has warned of the dangers of complacency ahead of the General Election after the Conservatives made gains on Essex County Council.

Priti Patel, who was been MP for Witham since 2010, told ITV News Anglia that the Tories take nothing for granted.

During the General Election campaign we will make our pitch for a secure and strong Britain as we leave the European Union and importantly to give Theresa May that mandate to get the best deal for Britain.

– Piti Patel, Conservative
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