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Summary

  1. Coverage of the 2016 English local council elections in the East of England
  2. Elections were taking place in 25 local authorities across the East region
  3. Currently 12 councils are in Conservative control, five are Labour and eight have no overall control
  4. The local elections are quite separate from the EU referendum on 23 June

Live Reporting

By Andrew Woodger and Nic Rigby

All times stated are UK

  1. Election 2016: That's it for our East live page... now over to Local Live

    That's it for our overnight live coverage. We'll now hand over to Local Live for more reaction and also results from the police and crime commissioner elections that are due to be declared later.

    This report from Ian Barmer sums up the situation in the East.

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    Video caption: Elections 2016: East of England round-up
  2. Conservatives still main force in East

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The Conservatives are still the main party of local government across the East of England, they run the majority of our councils, they have the largest number of councillors.

    Tories celebrating at the Peterborough count

    They made the only gain of the night - taking Peterborough out of no overall control. 

    But the party will be disappointed that it failed to take Colchester, lost its only seat on Cambridge City Council and, despite a lot of effort, failed to get any councillors back on to the local council in Norwich. 

  3. UKIP gains from Labour

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Though Labour in general will be pleased by its showing in the local elections in the East, UKIP made major inroads in its support in Great Yarmouth, Basildon and Thurrock.

    In those council elections, UKIP once again proved that it can command significant support at the expense of Labour.

    In Great Yarmouth, UKIP is now the second the largest party on the borough council and will probably help run the authority in alliance with the Conservatives. 

  4. Conservatives hold ward after by-election in Waveney

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    One by-election was held at Conservative-controlled Waveney District Council after a resignation.

    It was no change in the Wrentham ward, which stayed blue:

    • Craig Rivett (Con) - 335 votes
    • Paul Tyack (Lab) - 252
    • Andrew Bols (UKIP) - 156
    • Christopher Thomas (Lib Dem) - 46
    • David Brambley-Crawshaw (Green) - 40
  5. Mixed picture for Lib Dems in the East

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The Liberal Democrats are still in play in the East. They will once again run Colchester Borough Council, albeit in alliance with Labour and they have an increased presence on the newly re-drawn Peterborough authority.

    Lib Dems in Colchester

    But it's a mixed picture: they lost seats in both Cambridge and Southend. 

    The Greens now face a major problem. After a decade of almost unstoppable success, their loss of four seats in one night on Norwich City Council will hurt and they didn't make any gains any where else. It is clear that Labour's move to the left is winning back former Labour supporters.

    Green councillors at the Norwich count
  6. Conservatives remain in control of Welwyn Hatfield

    The Conservatives remain in control of Welwyn Hatfield Council where all the seats were up for grabs due to boundary changes.

    The Tories lost one seat as did three independents while the Liberal Democrats gained three and Labour gained one.

    • 28 Conservatives
    • 15 Labour
    • Five Liberal Democrats
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  7. Football legend Peter Shilton joins fiancee at election count

    England international goalkeeper Peter Shilton made an appearance at the Colchester Borough Council election in support of his fiancee Stephanie Hayward.

    Unfortunately for the couple, Ms Hayward did not win the seat she was contesting.

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    Video caption: Election 2016: Peter Shilton supports fiancee Stephanie Hayward
  8. Labour relief at results in East

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Labour will be waking up this morning mightily relieved. There were real fears last night among supporters that the party would lose seats across the East. But in its traditional heartlands Labour's vote held up and it also made several impressive gains.

    Clive Lewis MP

    Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn are already saying that this proves that the new Labour leader has what it takes to win parliamentary seats in the east. 

    The MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis told the BBC this morning that Mr Corbyn's critics should "shut up or get out". 

  9. Milton Keynes Conservative leader says 'Corbyn visit did it'

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    The Conservative group leader on Milton Keynes Council Edith Bald says the Labour voters may have been galvanised by a recent visit from party leader Jeremy Corbyn after the party ended up with the same number of seats on the council as the Conservatives.

    She said: "We did recently have over 600 people attend a Corbyn rally in Milton Keynes which I think backs up my feeling."

  10. No overall control

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Lots of councils in the East have found themselves with no one party in overall control.

    In these circumstances two or more parties may form a coalition or some form of loose agreement.

    Another option is for the largest party to run the authority as a minority administration.

  11. Milton Keynes Labour leader says it's 'always been close'

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    The Milton Keynes Labour group leader Pete Marland has said it's "always been close" in the town after his party ended up with the same number of seats on the council as the Conservatives. 

    Peter Marland

    He said it was a "really good night" for the Milton Keynes Labour group as a whole as they held off a Conservative challenge.

    He said: "The Conservatives were sure they were going to get a majority, they haven't, and actually I think what a majority of people in Milton Keynes have shown... is that there's a progressive majority in the city that want a fairer Milton Keynes, a more progressive Milton Keynes and want a more affordable Milton Keynes."

  12. Colchester remains in no overall control

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    Colchester Borough Council remains with no party in overall control following the local elections.

  13. England legend's fiancee fails to get on election scoresheet

    Peter Shilton's fiancee Stephanie Hayward has failed in her bid to become a Colchester councillor.

    Stephanie Hayward and Peter Shilton

    Ms Hayward, who lives on Mersea Island and featured on Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 recently, was standing as a Conservative in the Highwoods ward.

    The seat was won by the independent Gerard Oxford.

  14. Son not like father

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Earlier we mentioned that Ben Williams was hoping to succeed his father Geoff Williams as a Liberal Democrat councillor in Basildon.

    Ben and Geoff Williams

    However, when the ballot papers were counted for the Nethergate ward, it seems voters decided not to keep it in the family as they went for Derrick Fellowes of UKIP.

    Basildon Council remains with no single party in overall control, but the Conservatives are the largest party with 18 out of a total of 42 councillors.

  15. Making sense of the night before

    Look East producer Ian Barmer is busy editing together pictures for this morning's Look East bulletins.

    The main headline so far? Not a lot has changed.

    Look East producer
  16. The sun is rising... and the counts go on

    But some local council election counts are still continuing, including in Colchester. 

    This is our view from the Norwich newsroom which features the St Peter Mancroft in the foreground and the spire of Norwich Cathedral in the distance.

    Norwich skyline
  17. Council colours across the East of England

    There are still some results still to come across the East region, but so far the only change in control is in Peterborough which has gone from overall control to a Conservative majority.

    Labour councils in the East of England
    Conservative councils in the East of England
    Councils with No Overall Control in the East of England
  18. Milton Keynes round-up: Council remains in no overall control

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    It's been a night of small surprises here in Milton Keynes, with Labour losing one seat to the Liberal Democrats and therefore ending up with the same number of seats as the Conservatives - both parties now have 22 seats and the Liberal Democrats have 13.

    Milton Keynes count

    It means that for the moment, Labour's Peter Marland stays in charge and that is unlikely to change unless there's some serious discussion in the next few days but I think both parties felt they could do better - indeed the Conservatives were hoping to take full control.

    Labour, though, might be feeling a little bit more relieved that they didn't lose more seats and at the end of it they still are running the council for the time being.

  19. Labour make four gains from the Greens in Norwich

    It's been a successful night for Labour in Norwich as the party retained control of the city council, making four gains from the Greens in the process.

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    Video caption: Election 2016: Labour make gains in Norwich

    Thirteen out of 39 seats were up for grabs, resulting in the parties with the following totals:

    • 26 Labour
    • 10 Green
    • Three Liberal Democrats
  20. At the scene: 'The tensions were palpable'

    Jonathan Josephs

    BBC News

    The tensions at the Backstage Centre in Purfleet were palpable. Just when the final declaration seemed imminent it went to a third recount and even more nail biting, it was squeaky bum time.

    Thurrock was a top target for UKIP on a national basis and in the end they fell agonisingly short in coming out level with the Conservatives. Nonetheless, they're jubilant at having picked up six seats, which the leader Graham Snell puts down to his colleagues hard work on local issues such as housing, jobs and the environment.