The Conservatives are still in power on Essex County Council but they've been severely battered by Labour and UKIP gains. The Tories retain a working majority but their share of their vote fell below 35% - their worst showing in the county for more than four decades.
Although Labour gained eight councillors on their position at the last election in 2009 it was UKIP who surged ahead. The anti-EU party took the second largest slice of the popular vote with 27% of all votes.
The Lib Dems slumped into fourth place behind Labour.
The Greens will be in County Hall for the first time in Essex after winning in Witham and Rochford.
Regardless of the result in Thursday's election, Northamptonshire will have fewer county councils because of boundary changes.
The Tories have been sent a warning in their traditional Essex heartland, losing nine county council seats to a bullish UKIP.
Suffolk County Council has been Conservative-controlled since 2005. On Thursday there were elections for 75 councillors.