Labour make sweeping gains from the Tories

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.

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Political fall-out plays out in the East

The latest political fall-out from the local elections was played out right here in the East today as all three party leaders made an appearance in Essex.