Ed Miliband visits key battleground after his party seize Harlow in local elections
Colchester Borough Council remain hung with the Liberal Democrats as the largest party following the local elections.
Emma Hutchinson rounds up election day in the East
The latest political fall-out from the local elections was played out in the East on Tuesday 8th May as all three party leaders made an appearance in Essex.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg joined forces at a tractor factory in Basildon to declare their determination to carry on with the Coalition's plan despite heavy losses in the polls last week.
The Labour leader Ed Miliband was in Harlow celebrating his party's gains, although he warned that all politicians needed to do more to engage with voters.
The Labour leader Ed Miliband has been in Harlow in Essex where his party seized control in last week's council elections.
Speaking at a question and answer session with members of the public he said that politicians would have to work to win back voters' trust.
In what turned out to be a bruising encounter for the Conservatives, Labour made sweeping gains across our region in the local elections.
No overall control – Lib Dems biggest party
The Lib Dems remain the biggest party on Colchester Council.
New council: LD 26 (n/c), Con 23 (-1), Lab 8 (+1), Ind 3 (n/c)**
2011 share of the vote
Con 37%, LD 27%, Lab 22%, Others 14%
2008 share of the vote
Con 37%, LD 37%, Lab 13%, Others 12%
The Conservatives have lost 2 seats on Huntingdonshire District Council, but remain in total overall control with 39 seats.
Labour, Ukip and Independents all gained 1 seat. The Lib Dems lost 1 seat.
A rare gain for the Tories. The Conservatives gain 1 seat to keep them in control of South Cambridgeshire District Council.
The Independents gained 1 seat and the Lib Dems lost 2. Labour keep their 1 seat.
The Conservatives remain in control of North Hertfordshire District Council, despite losing 1 seat. They have 33 overall.
Labour gained 3 seats, with 10 overall. And the Lib Dems lost 2 seats, leaving them with 6.