The Tories lost Southend and Harlow but held onto other councils in Essex.
It was a mixed night for the Liberal Democrats who lost their outright majority on Cambridge City Council but increased their number in Colchester.
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