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Bedfordshire's outspoken PCC loses out to Tory candidate

Kathryn Holloway is the new PCC for Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Bedfordshire's outspoken inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner has been beaten by his Conservative rival.

Olly Martins was the only Labour PCC in the region following the 2012 election.

But, following the second count, he today lost the role to Tory Kathryn Holloway by nearly 2,000 votes.

Labour loses all seats in Rochford as Tories hold a reduced majority

Conservatives remain in overall control despite losses. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Labour has lost all its seats on Rochford council as the Tories held onto overall control.

But it was not all good news for the Conservatives, who lost six councillors taking their majority down to three.

UKIP, Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the independent candidates all benefited from Labour and the Tories' losses.

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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.

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.

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Political expert: "Even the Conservatives will be surprised to have secured a majority"

David Cameron poses outside number 10 Downing Street earlier today. Credit: PA

A Political theorist from the University of East Anglia says that even the Conservatives will be surprised after the party secured a shock majority.

Many polls has predicted that it would be a tight run thing between Labour and the Tories, but it didn't turn out that way as David Cameron returned to number 10.

Professor Alan Finlayson says that Mr Cameron will be pleased to now be in charge of a majority government, but added that he could still face difficulty passing through bills in parliament.

Click below to hear from Professor Alan Finlayson

"It's going to be a surprise, even for the Conservatives.

They were hoping to hold steady and they've actually increased their seats.

That said, it's going to be a very small majority and there's still going to be quite a lot of tension and difficulty in parliament."

– Professor Alan Finlayson

Iain Stewart hails Conservative economic plan following Milton Keynes South triumph

Conservative MP Iain Stewart says that he's delighted to have retained his seat in Milton Keynes South.

Mr Stewart recorded a majority of more than 8,000 over his nearest challenger.

He now says that he's focussed on carrying on the job that he started, and added that the Conservative's economic plan played a key part in securing the result.

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"What it boiled down to was that we're on the right track economically and people wanted to stick with that.

Going forward, Milton Keynes is such a dynamic place and I hope to continue my work."

– Iain Stewart

Brandon Lewis vows to "repay faith shown in him" by the people of Great Yarmouth

Brandon Lewis shares a joke at today's count. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Conservative MP Brandon Lewis says that he can't wait to "repay the faith" shown in him after he increased his majority in the town by nearly 2,000.

Mr Lewis comfortably held off competition from Labour and UKIP to retain his seat and secure another term.

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"I am really grateful that people put their trust in in me and increased their vote.

I will now work hard for Great Yarmouth to ensure that I repay that faith and trust that they've put in me."

– Brandon Lewis
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