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
Labour have taken control of the councils in Harlow, Great Yarmouth and Norwich.
The Liberal Democrats have lost their overall majority in Cambridge as have the Conservatives in Southend.
Labour hold Stevenage and Ipswich.
The Conservatives hold Brentwood, Rochford, Peterborough, Castle Point and Welwyn Hatfield.
The Liberal Democrats have lost their overall majority on Cambridge City Council - a council they've held for 12 years. It's likely they will stay in charge on the casting vote of the mayor.
The Lib Dems now have 21 seats with Labour on 19 with 1 Conservative and 1 Independent.
Colchester - No overall control
New council: LD 26 (no change), Con 23 (-1), Lab 8 (+1), Ind 3 (no change)
Peterborough - Conservative hold
Lab gain 5, LD gain 1, C lose 3, Ind lose 2, Eng Dem lose 1
Con 33 (+3)
Lab 11 (+5)
Ind 6 (-2)
LD 4 (+1)
Lib 3 (no change)
Eng Dem 0 (-1)
Conservative majority: 9
Lab now with 2 gains over Lib Dems in Cambridge. Three more Lib Dem seats up for grabs. If they lose them all they lose council @itvanglia
Stevenage - Labour hold
Lab gain 3, C lose 3
Lab 30 (+3)
C 6 (-3)
LD 3 (no change)
Labour majority: 21
Brentwood - Conservative hold
LD gain 2, Lab gain 1, C lose 3
Con 26 (-3)
LD 8 (+2)
Lab 2 (+1)
Ind 1 (no change)
Conservative majority: 15
Thurrock - Lab gain from No Overall Control
New council: Lab 2 (+1), Con 21 (-2), Ind 2 (no change), UKIP 1 (+1)
Labour majority: 1
Lib Dems hold West Chesterton and Newmham. Massive relief for Sian Reid the council leader from Newnham. @itvanglia
Julian Huppert MP was particularly worried about Newnham, Lab had targeted seat. Looks like Lib Dems might hold on to Cambridge. @itvanglia