With more than half the results declared in Essex, the County Council remains firmly in the hands of the Conservatives.
The Conservatives have won 41 of the 75 seats so far taking them past the 'winning post' of 38 needed for an overall majority.
The Tories have had control of Essex County Council since 1997.
Only two of the six counties in the Anglia region have so far declared results but the Conservatives are making the early running.
The Chairman of Colchester's UKIP branch has defended the party after a poor showing in this year's local elections.
Just under a quarter of residents in Peterborough have cast a vote for the newly-created post of Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.