Local Elections 2018 in the Anglia region

There were local elections for more than 400 councillors on 22 councils in the Anglia region on Thursday 3 May 2018.

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Lib Dems oust Conservatives in South Cambridgeshire

Liberal Democrats celebrate a famous victory in South Cambridgeshire. Credit: Chris Warner / ITV News Anglia

It was among one of the last results to be declared and was one of the most sensational - the Liberal Democrats overturning a Conservative majority of 15 and securing one of their own by a margin of 15 seats.

South Cambridgeshire becomes the only council in the Anglia region to be run by the Liberal Democrats with their own secure working majority.

Boundary changes helped as did a reduction in council seats from 57 to 45 but it is still a remarkable turn around on a council that's had a Conservative majority since 2001.

The area has had a history for being independently-minded as the council was run by Independents from 1972 until 1993.

Liberal Democrats support has been growing in the area which was among the most strongly in favour of staying in the European Union.

The district forms a ring around the city of Cambridge serving communities in Cambourne, Histon, Great Shelford and Melbourn.

Lib Dems oust Conservatives in South Cambridgeshire


Greens fall victim to Labour surge at Norwich City Hall

Labour increased their majority on Norwich City Council from 13 to 23. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour are firmly in charge at Norwich City Council after increasing their majority from 13 to 23.

The Green Party have long been the main opposition group in Norwich but has been in decline in recent years. Labour took five seats from them in this election reducing the party to a rump of just five councillors.

Norwich has been a Labour council for most of its existence but was briefly controlled by the Liberal Democrats from 2002-04.

Conservative majority is cut in Huntingdonshire

Conservative majority is cut in Huntingdonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ward boundaries had been re-drawn in Huntingdonshire meaning that it was an all out election rather than the one-third election that is usual here.

But that is about to change as Huntingdonshire changes to and election cycle that see the whole council elected once every four years.

At the start of that process, the Conservatives saw their number fall by two with gains for Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Huntingdonshire was one of the areas where the rise in UKIP started by the party lost it last three remaining seats here.

Huntingdonshire has been a Conservative council since 1976 - the longest run of any council in the Anglia region.

The Conservatives become the biggest party in Milton Keynes but no majority

The Conservatives become the biggest party in Milton Keynes but no majority Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservatives have become the biggest party in Milton Keynes but did not secure a working majority meaning parties will have to work together.

Labour had been running a minority administration since 2014 and the council has been hung for many years.

Milton Keynes is the biggest non-county local authority in the Anglia region serving a population for more than 250,000. It is a single-tier unitary authority which means it runs all the local services in its area rather than being spilt between district and county councils like most of the region.

UKIP almost wiped out in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth council remains with a Conservative majority following the local elections. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Great Yarmouth was once a major stronghold for UKIP but no longer. The party is reduced to a single councillor following losses in the local elections and a mass defection to Conservatives in October 2017.

In the local election in 2014, UKIP had taken 41% of the vote. One EU Referendum later the local election in May 2018 saw the party take less than 5% of the votes.

The Conservatives increased their majority while it was Labour that made the most gains in the town that has the Conservative Party Chairman, Brandon Lewis as its MP.


Lib Dems score major victory against the Tories in South Cambridgeshire

The Liberal Democrats have taken control of South Cambridgeshire Council from the Conservatives. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Liberal Democrats have snatched a flagship Conservative council in South Cambridgeshire which did have a Tory majority of 15.

Boundary changes in the area meant that the council already had 12 fewer seats than before the election but the Lib Dems have won an overall majority of their own.

No all the results are in but the Liberal Democrats have already taken 28 seats - five more than necessary for control of the council.

The district was among the strongest Remain areas in the country in the EU referendum two years ago.

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