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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

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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

Tories retain power in Hertfordshire

The Conservatives have secured an overall majority in Hertfordshire.

The Conservatives have retained their overall majority on Hertfordshire County Council with two-thirds of the seats declared.

The Tories have so far won 41 of the 78 divisions in Hertfordshire taking them past the 'winning post' for a working majority.

The party went into the election with an overall majority of 15 and the council has been Conservative controlled since 2001.

New Labour councillor: 'We can cause Election shock'

Newly elected Labour councillor Lee Scordis says he believes his party can replicate his success in Colchester at the upcoming General Election in five weeks time.

Mr Scordis took the Abbey division seat from the Liberal Democrats by a majority of 155 to secure his seat on the County Council.

These Local Elections are being seen as a barometer for how things could turn out on June 8, and Mr Scordis is confident that Labour could cause a shock by taking the seat from the Conservatives' Will Quince.

"We're making great strides in Colchester and our membership is over 1,000," he told ITV News Anglia.

"There's a real chance that we could become the real opposition to the Conservatives as the Lib Dems continue to slide."

On the whole in Essex, it has been a good night for the Conservatives who have retained overall control of the County Council after reaching the 38 seats required to form a majority.

Essex stays in Conservative control

The Conservative retain their overall working majority in Essex.

With more than half the results declared in Essex, the County Council remains firmly in the hands of the Conservatives.

The Conservatives have won 41 of the 75 seats so far taking them past the 'winning post' of 38 needed for an overall majority.

The Tories have had control of Essex County Council since 1997.

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