Emma Hutchinson

ITV Anglia Political Correspondent

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

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Labour MPs in the East split on Corbyn's election, writes Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

Jeremy Corbyn Credit: PA

It's fair to say there is a big mix of opinion amongst Labour MPs about the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour's new leader. Even the four Labour MPs in the Anglia region are divided as to whether it signifies a radical new direction for Labour or a move away from voters.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis believes it's great news, saying he had to pinch himself to believe it was really true. He is a big supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and believes the veteran left winger can united the Labour Party and appeal to voters .

Meanwhile Luton's MPs are divided. Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins is on the left of the Labour Party and supports Jeremy Corbyn. While Luton South MP Gavin Shuker, who was a Labour frontbench spokesperson until Saturday, disagrees with Jeremy Corbyn on foreign and economic policy and says he thinks "a shift to the left" is unlikely to win back voters in the East of England.

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner supported Yvette Cooper for the leadership election but says he will do all he can to support Labour's new leadership team.

None of the Labour MPs in the East will be part of Labour's frontbench team. Though supportive of Jeremy Corbyn, both Kelvin Hopkins and Clive Lewis say they are happy to remain on the backbenches. Gavin Shuker who was part of Labour's frontbench International Development team under Ed Miliband has not been offered a new job. Two days into his leadership Jeremy Corbyn already faces a big task to unite Labour's parliamentary party before trying to win back voters for Labour across our region.

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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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