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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Colchester remains hung but Conservatives gain seats

Colchester remains hung but Conservatives gain seats Credit: ITV Anglia

Colchester Borough Council remains with no party in overall control.

The Conservatives did however gain two seats while the Liberal Democrats lost two including that of the council leader Paul Smith.

The council has been effectively hung since 1998 when the Liberal Democrats were last in power.

It is likely that the council will continue to be run by an alliance of Lib Dems, Labour and Independent councillors despite the Conservatives being the biggest party. They are one seat short of an overall majority.

Labour strengthen grip on Ipswich Borough Council

Labour have strengthened their grip on Ipswich Borough Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour have strengthened their grip on Ipswich Borough Council with their overall majority increasing to 20.

Labour gained an additional seat from the Conservatives.

Labour won back an overall majority in Ipswich in 2011 after the council was hung for seven years. The Tories last had a majority on Ipswich Council in 1979.

Labour's Sandy Martin won the Ipswich parliamentary seat from the Conservative Ben Gummer in the 2017 General Election.

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Labour hold Harlow Council with increased majority

Labour how increased their majority on Harlow Council. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour have increased their majority on Harlow Council after UKIP lost both their seats.

The Conservative also made one gain.

Labour have had an overall majority in Harlow since 2012 and the Conservatives ran the council between 2008 and 2012.

The Conservatives beat Labour by just one vote in Staple Tye ward which was once held by the UKIP.

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