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.
After being found safe in Southampton on Friday 27th December, 15-year-old Jordan Saunders did not return to his home in Gosport last night.
Hampshire Police are making a new appeal for the teenager's whereabouts after he left the address where he had been staying in Gosport.
Officers are following several lines of enquiry and are in contact with Jordan's family.
Jordan is described as white, 5 ft 6 ins tall, of a slim build - with floppy brown hair and freckles.
We would appeal directly to Jordan to make contact with family or the police. He is not suspected of any crimes or anti-social behaviour.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 101.
A 14-year-old teenager who went missing from his home in Hampshire has been found following a police appeal.
Jordan Saunders was found nine days after he was last seen in Eastleigh on the 19th December when he did not return home to Gosport.
Police have today announced that the teenager has been found safe and well.
Eastleigh Police are appealing for help in finding missing teenager Jordan Saunders.
The 14-year-old boy was last seen in Eastleigh on the 19th December and is currently living in Gosport but has not returned home.
He is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, of a slim build with floppy brown hair and freckles.
He was last seen wearing a grey Ben Sherman coat, a dark hooded top and light-coloured tracksuit bottoms with two lighter stripes down the sides.
Sergeant Sandra Reid said: “Jordan is 14 years old, but looks a lot younger. He is not believed to have had any money on him when he went missing or had any other belongings. It’s believed he may be staying with a friend somewhere in Hampshire."
Anyone with information should call Eastleigh on 101.
Hampshire firefighters were involved in a range of calls across the county last night involving fires, accidents and building collapse.
In Eastleigh, crews rescued a female casualty from a car in a two-vehicle accident on the eastbound carriageway of the M27, between J5 and J7.
16 firefighters from Botley, Hightown and Eastleigh, along with an animal rescue specialist, put out a fire involving 30 chickens.
The chickens were helped to safety from the fire that was caused by their wooden sheds.
The Fire Service were also called out to deal with chimney fires in Hythe.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s head of response, Andy Bowers, said: “The wide range of incidents dealt with overnight show how well trained and equipped our firefighters are, so they are able to deal with whatever scenario they are faced with."
Mike Thornton, MP for Eastleigh, is taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's biggest and pinkest fundraiser 'wear it pink' day.
He said, "Every year in the UK, around 50,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, 12,000 women and 80 men die from the disease.
"We need to support Breast Cancer Campaign's fundraising efforts to they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure."
Over the last ten years, 'wear it pink' has raised £23 million. On Friday 25th October this year, people will come together to raise money for the campaign.
To register for 'wear it pink' and receive a fundrasing pack, click here.
A man in a van followed a 12-year-old girl and tried to get her to come inside the vehicle.
The girl was walking along Fair Oak Road at around 12.45pm on Tuesday 27th August from Shorts Road junction into Allington Lane when the van drove up to her.
The man driving tried to get her attention by whistling at her and then drove slowly on the opposite side of the road trying to talk to her.
She ignored him and he eventually drove off as traffic built up behind him.
The van is described as white, quite large and dirty. The driver is said to be in his 40s with pale white skin. He had a deep voice, stubble, a large nose and black hair which was gelled back. He was bare-chested at the time and his right arm was covered in tattoos.
Eastleigh Police are searching for a man who interrupted an assault and attempted robbery.
A 61-year-old local man was walking his two small dogs along Hamble House gardens at 11.30pm when he was approached by three youths.
One of the youths punched the man between the shoulder blades, knocking him to the ground, before a second youth kicked the man's left shoulder.
A second man with a large dog approached the group and shouted: "What's going on?"
The three youths ran away in different directions.
The victim managed to return home where he collapsed, however his injuries were not serious as he received bruises and grazes to his face and knees.
Police want to speak to the dog walker as he could have vital information about the victim's attackers.
A 46-year-old man from Hampshire has been arrested on suspicion of attempted child abduction. Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a 'suspicious' incident in Fair Oak last Wednesday. An eleven year old girl said she was stopped by a man in a van who asked questions .
Vicky Pryce said she was "feeling just fine" at Parliament, after being convicted for swapping speeding points with ex-Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne.
The electronic tag she has to wear after being released from prison two months into her eight month sentence was not visible.
Ms Pryce, the former head of the economic government service, was at Westminster to give evidence to a House of Lords committee inquiry into the eurozone crisis.
When asked how it felt to be back in government, she said: "I'm feeling just fine, thank you very much."
She announced on her release that she would release a book on her experiences titled 'Prisonomics'.
In contrast, her ex-husband Chris Huhne resigned from the Cabinet and as a Liberal Democrat.
More than three hundred pound in cash and jewellery was stolen from a house in East Wellow.
The home in Embley Lane was burgled between 1pm and 3pm on Thursday May, 23.
The thieves got into the house through a kitchen window while the homeowners were away.
When the victims returned, they found that money and jewellery, including a diamond ring, were missing.
Eastleigh police want to hear from anyone who saw unfamiliar people or suspicious activity in the area on Thursday afternoon.
The police has also reminded homeowners to keep doors and windows locked and to call 999 if they see people acting suspiciously.