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Bedfordshire's outspoken PCC loses out to Tory candidate

Kathryn Holloway is the new PCC for Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Bedfordshire's outspoken inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner has been beaten by his Conservative rival.

Olly Martins was the only Labour PCC in the region following the 2012 election.

But, following the second count, he today lost the role to Tory Kathryn Holloway by nearly 2,000 votes.

Labour loses all seats in Rochford as Tories hold a reduced majority

Conservatives remain in overall control despite losses. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Labour has lost all its seats on Rochford council as the Tories held onto overall control.

But it was not all good news for the Conservatives, who lost six councillors taking their majority down to three.

UKIP, Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the independent candidates all benefited from Labour and the Tories' losses.


Jeremy Corbyn rallies support ahead of local elections

Jeremy Corbyn in MIlton Keynes

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been in Milton Keynes rallying support for his party ahead of the local elections in May.

They'll be the first real test of his leadership since he took over the job from Ed Miliband.

ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper has been speaking to him about the challenge of winning more Labour councillors

Charles Clarke says he supports those who refuse to serve in a Jermey Corbyn Shadow Cabinet

Former Norwich MP Charles Clarke says he understands why some people wouldn't want to serve in a Jeremy Corbyn Shadow Cabinet should the left-winger be crowned Labour leader.

Mr Clarke, a former Home Secretary, told Anglia Late Edition that he wouldn't serve either if in the same position.

He said in every leadership group that he'd worked in he needed to respect the leader he was dealing with.

But he was also optimistic that the party would work together.

"I know the party as a whole will try and hold together and work together.

"On the other hand, Jeremy has a set of views and outlooks which many people in the party will find it difficult to identify with and so the process of getting the party to work together will be difficult."

– Charles Clarke


Labour's Bob Blizzard to stand down following Conservative win in Waveney

Bob Blizzard on the campaign trail during this election campaign. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour's Bob Blizzard has announced this is his final election campaign.

In his post-declaration speech, he said after 5 elections and 3 wins, he's standing down "while he's ahead".

He thanked his campaign team for their efforts and hard work, saying this was his "best campaign Labour had fought" in the Waveney constituency. He declined any media interviews afterwards and left the count promptly.

Peter Aldous kept hold of his seat. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The successful Conservative candidate, Peter Aldous, said it had been a "tough but fair fight" and wished Bob Blizzard well in the future.

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