All four of the Essex County Council divisions in Harlow have gone to the Conservatives with Labour losing three of their seats.
It will be a blow to Labour hopes at the General Election as Harlow has been a marginal constituency in the past. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was campaigning in the new town last week.
Robert Halfon won the parliamentary seat for the Tories in 2010 and increased his majority to more than 8,000 at the 2015 election. Labour held the seat from 1997 until 2010 and would need a 6.4% swing to take it back.
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.