Emma Hutchinson

ITV Anglia Political Correspondent

Emma Hutchinson is ITV Anglia's Political Correspondent based at Westminster

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Bob Russell loses Colchester seat after 18 years as MP

Sir Bob Russell will be very disappointed to lose in Colchester. He has been MP there since 1997 , after that election the sole Liberal Democrat MP in the East of England. The self-styled "voice of Colchester" made his mark in the commons as a shadow sports minister , campaigning successfully for darts to be recognised as an official sport and also as a member of the defence select committee speaking up for the garrison town he represented. Knighted in 2012 his colourful waistcoats and yellow socks will be missed by colleagues in the commons.

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UKIP hopeful of seats and "second places" across the East

The exit poll suggests UKIP could win 2 seats tonight , if that is the case chances are both would be in Essex. They are confident of holding on in Clacton , where Douglas Carswell won that by-election last October with nearly 60% of the vote. UKIP are also targetting Thurrock and Castle Point and believe they may have a chance of a second MP in one of those constituencies. But they are also hoping for many "good second places" across the East , particularly in Cambridgeshire where they have done well in local elections in the past 3 years. And they are also confident of a good share of the vote across the region , if that is the case Labour also hope that may help them in seats like Northampton North and Peterborough.

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Liberal Democrat prospects in the East

In the East the Lib Dems have built up over the past 18 years to a tally of 4 MPs , winning Colchester in 1997, North Norfolk in 2001, Cambridge in 2005 and Norwich South in 2010. But tonight's exit poll suggest an extremely bad night for the Liberal Democrats. What would that mean in the East , well Labour are confident they will take Norwich South ( the Liberal Democrat majority there just 310 in 2010) and they think they will also win in Cambridge. And Colchester ( Lib Dem majority 6982) is on the Conservative target list, David Cameron ,George Osborne and Theresa May all visited during the campaign. And the Prime Minister told me Colchester was on his list of 23 seats he wanted to win for a Conservative majority.

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Labour keeping eye on "very close contests" in the East

We can expect to get the first results from marginal constituencies across the East between 2am and 3am, places like Northampton North and South , Bedford and Peterborough. Those are seats that Labour has held in the past and had on their target list for this election but tonight's exit poll suggests they may be unsuccessful in most of them. However Labour sources in our region believe there will be some very close contests in marginal seats in the East and that in seats like Northampton North, Bedford, Norwich and Ipswich it may come down to just a few hundred votes.

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What exit poll might mean for the East

Tonight's ITV News/BBC/Sky exit poll suggests a bad night for Labour, they have 15 target seats in our region but this poll suggests they may struggle to make any gains at all.

However look out for some of the very marginal seats in the East, constituencies like Norwich South , Bedford and Waveney, where Labour may still make gains.

It also suggests a bad night for the Liberal Democrats, losing in Norwich South and perhaps close results in Colchester and Cambridge.

It looks likely that if UKIP have just 2 seats, one of those would be Clacton.

And this poll suggests the Greens could win 2 seats , if that were the case two of their top targets are Cambridge and Norwich South.

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