The Conservative majority on Essex County Council has been slashed by a UKIP breakthrough and gains by Labour and the Greens.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has hailed his party's success in the Eastleigh by-election.
The Conservative Party has a habit of turning a drama into a crisis. Especially when the background to the drama is Europe.
Both sentenced to eight months - former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce are on their way to jail for perverting the course of justice over speeding points. Andrew and Sangeeta link to our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby for a full round-up of the two cases.
The judge said that Vicky Pryce had a devious and controlling side. The judge said she was 'readily persuaded' to take Huhne's points.
Chris Huhne has received an immediate custodial sentence. He has been jailed for eight months His sentence takes into account a 10 per cent discount for his guilty plea. The judge said Huhne repeated the same lie 'again and again'. Huhne expected to begin sentence at Wandsworth.
The ex-wife of Chris Huhne, Vicky Pryce, has been jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice.
Former cabinet minister and Lib Dem MP for Eastleigh Chris Huhne has been jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice.
Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, will be sentenced at 4.30pm for perverting the course of justice.
The former MP for Eastleigh will learn his fate shortly after 2pm. His ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, will learn hers too. There seems no doubt they will both go to jail.
They were once one of Westminster's most glittering power couples - he was a rising star in the Lib Dems, she was one of the country's top economists. They have both been brought down by a speeding offence and a pack of lies.
In a sure sign that the political wheel keeps turning, as they head off to prison Mike Thornton, Huhne's successor as Eastleigh MP will be in the Commons making his maiden speech.
And Huhne and Pryce will be wishing the Lib Dems had won the last general election. Because they were promising to abolish short prison sentences and replace them with community service... a policy put forward in 2010 by their home affairs spokesman - yes, you've guessed it, Chris Huhne.