Anglia Late Edition - April 2012

Anglia Late Edition is the monthly ITV Anglia politics programme with Alastair Stewart

Anglia Late Edition looks ahead to the local council elections on Thursday 3 May 2012 when some 400 councillors will be elected on 22 councils in the Anglia region.

It will be the biggest test of political opinion this year.

Alastair Stewart debates some of the issues with a studio panel of former Home Secretary and Norwich MP Charles Clarke, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth Brandon Lewis and Cambridge's Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert.

ITV Anglia's political correspondent Emma Hutchinson outlines the political battleground in the East of England.

There are 56 district and unitary councils in the Anglia region – only 22 of them will have elections in May 2012 and then for only one-third of their councillors. The whole council will be up for election in Daventry because there have been boundary changes.

These are the councils in the region with elections on Thursday 3 May 2012:

  • Basildon (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Brentwood (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Cambridge (currently Liberal Democrat controlled)

  • Castle Point (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Colchester (no one party has an overall majority)

  • Daventry (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Epping Forest (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Great Yarmouth (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Harlow (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Huntingdonshire (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Ipswich (currently Labour controlled)

  • Milton Keynes (no one party has an overall majority)

  • North Hertfordshire (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Norwich (no one party has an overall majority)

  • Peterborough (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Rochford (currently Conservative controlled)

  • South Cambridgeshire (currently Conservative controlled)

  • Southend-on-Sea (currently Conservative controlled)

  • St Albans (no one party has an overall majority)

  • Stevenage(currently Labour controlled)

  • Thurrock (no one party has an overall majority)

  • Welwyn Hatfield (currently Conservative controlled)