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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 5 May 2017
  2. Conservatives gain full control of Cambridgeshire County Council
  3. Tory candidate James Palmer also elected as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's first mayor
  4. Average turnout for mayor election was 33.6%

Live Reporting

By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live updates for the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Phew, I think we're just about wrapped up.

    Updates on today's local and mayoral elections have now finished - thanks for joining us.

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed.

    Here are the key points for the day...

    • Conservatives gain control of Cambridgeshire County Council, winning 36 seats
    • UKIP lose all 10 seats on the council
    • Conservative James Palmer becomes the mayor for the combined authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - in charge of £800m to spend on areas including housing and transport

    We'll be back with your regular dose of news, sport, weather and travel on Monday from 08:00.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Cambridge's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

    In Cambridge, the Conservative party gained 72,047 votes in yesterday's local elections - 40.41% of the vote.

    It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

    The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English county council elections.

  3. Local election in Cambridgeshire: Conservatives pull in the votes

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    It's been a great day for the Conservatives in Cambridgeshire, who not only have seen James Palmer elected as the first mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - they also regained control of Cambridgeshire County Council.

    Here's what a Tory county council means for residents from leader Steve Count...

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  4. Mayoral elections: 'I will make sure I am successful'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    The new mayor Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Conservative James Palmer, has been speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire after his victory was announced a short while ago.

    He said he would put "all the effort in" to make sure he was successful as mayor.

    James Palmer

    "We have to make sure decisions are made to change Cambridgeshire, not just for four years, but for 30, to 40, to 50 years," he said.

    "I've been the only one bold enough to say what I would do all the way through the campaign.

    "The Lib Dems worked very hard in the campaign. Rod was a credible candidate. It was a good fight to the end.  

    "It's a good day for the Conservatives. I am very delighted we have full control of Cambridgeshire County Council."

  5. Tories' vote share in East trumps national average

    Deborah McGurran

    BBC East political editor

    These elections have seen UKIP wiped off the county council political map. Most surprisingly, they lost every single seat in Essex, an area that fostered their growth and of course, until recently boasted their only MP. In all they lost 48 seats across the east and now have no representation across its six counties.

    The Conservatives appear to be the beneficiary. They have regained control of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and strengthened their grip on Essex, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.

    Labour held on in some of its heartland seats but suffered elsewhere, particularly in Stevenage and Harlow, where the Conservatives made gains.

    Conservative candidate Dick Madden celebrates

    It was a mixed picture for the Liberal Democrats who lost seats on Essex, Suffolk and Northamptonshire but they made some gains from the Conservatives in Norfolk.

    The Green Party lost their stronghold in Norwich but made a gain in Suffolk where they now hold three county council  seats.

    The vote share from yesterday's local elections confirms that across the east the Conservatives are once again the dominant party.

    With all the votes counted, the Tories share of the vote ranged from 43% in Suffolk and Essex to a staggering 51% in Northamptonshire. The national average appears to be about 38%.

    Labour saw a small surge in support in its traditional heartlands and its average share across the region was 13.7%. But that's way below the national average of 27% and shows how little support the party has in our region.

  6. Mayoral election: Who is James Palmer?

    Here's a profile of the new Conservative mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and what he hopes to achieve...

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  7. Mayoral election: James Palmer celebrates win

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here was the moment James Palmer became Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's first ever mayor...

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    He's been celebrating his victory with his family...

    James Palmer and family

    The Conservative candidate was elected mayor with 88,826 votes (56.9%).

    Lib Dem candidate Rod Cantrill came second with 67,205 votes (43.1%).

  8. Conservative James Palmer elected mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the full results...

    Election results
  9. BreakingMayoral election: James Palmer becomes mayor

    Conservative candidate James Palmer has become the first mayor for the combined authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

    More to follow...

  10. Mayoral election: Result due shortly

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    I'm being told the final result is imminent.

    Stay tuned...

  11. Mayoral election: More results announced

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Second round of counting has finished in a number of the council areas. Huntingdon were first to declare, which you can see further down the feed.

    Here are the latest figures...

    East Cambridgeshire

    • James Palmer (Conservative) - 1,125
    • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 1,799

    Fenland

    • James Palmer (Conservative) - 1,599
    • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 1,086

    Peterborough

    • James Palmer (Conservative) - 3,040
    • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 2,516

    South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge still to declare.

  12. Weather: Mild tonight, cloudy and cooler tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening it will be staying mostly fine with some areas of cloud at times. One or two spots of drizzle possible overnight, but staying mild.

    Winds will be moderate, with lows of 7C (45F).

    Weather map

    It will be a rather cloudy start to the day tomorrow. Generally cloudier than today with some brighter spells, but feeling cooler.

    Winds light to moderate and highs of 10C (50F) on the coast and 14C (57F) inland.

    There's more at BBC Weather.

  13. Mayoral election: Huntingdon declares second round votes

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Final tallies for the second round of voting are starting to come in, with Huntingdon the first to declare.

    The results are as follows...

    • James Palmer (Conservative) - 3,246
    • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 2,995

    Other results to follow.

  14. Mayoral election: 'I am delighted', says Green candidate

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Green Party candidate Julie Howell has been reacting to her party's first round vote count of 12,628 - which wasn't enough to see her through to the second round of voting.

    She says she is "over the moon with the result".

    "There's no commiserations for us," Ms Howell said.

    Julie Howell

    "We are the Green Party and I just want to remind everybody how high we are punching above our weight.

    "I'm really proud of what we've done. I'm really proud of Peterborough for smashing the 20% turnout mark.

    "On all these levels, I'm delighted."