The Conservatives have had a night to forget in Southend losing eight seats and also their majority in the process.
Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats made gains.
The Conservatives have lost control of several councils in the East of England as the Liberal Democrats bounce back after years in decline.
There are five candidates after your vote in Bedford to be the only elected Borough mayor in the Anglia region.
There are fears for the safety of those out canvassing for votes in the East following two separate attacks on campaigners