Anglia Late Edition is the regional politics programme for the East of England presented by political correspondent Emma Hutchinson

Anglia Late Edition reports on local council elections which transformed the political map of East Anglia and the unexpected European Elections to come on Thursday 23 May.

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The councils elections in the Anglia region on 2 May 2019 saw big wins for the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Independent councillors mainly at the expense of the Conservatives who lost nearly 300 council seats.

Labour made only a few gains at a time that an opposition party should be improving its position.

The Conservatives lost overall control on nearly a dozen councils in the Anglia region. The Liberal Democrats took power in Chelmsford and North Norfolk.

The Liberal Democrats gained 130 extra councillors in the local elections in the Anglia region on 2 May 2019 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The programme also explored how the forthcoming European Election on 23 May will become a proxy referendum on Brexit.

Emma Hutchinson was joined in the studio by three politicians from the Anglia region.

  • James Cleverly is the Conservative MP for Braintree and in April was appointed the Brexit Minister in charge of planning for "No Deal"

  • Sandy Martin has been the Labour MP for Ipswich since 2017 and used to be a Suffolk County councillor.

  • Rod Cantrill is the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Cambridge and a city councillor

Emma Hutchinson was joined by James Cleverly MP (Con), Sandy Martin MP (Lab) and Cllr Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem)

The programme also includes contributions from other parties competing the European Election in the Anglia region with Gerard Batten (UKIP), Nigel Farage (Brexit Party), Heidi Allen (Change UK) and Caroline Lucas (Green).

Also standing in the European Elections in the Eastern region are the English Democrats and Independent candidate Attila Csordas