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Not a good night for Tories in Herts and Beds

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

We're not even halfway there with the results yet, but 3 May is not a great day to be waking up as a Conservative in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Although they've held on to Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Dacorum and East Herts councils, they've lost overall control of both Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans, where Tory Leader Alec Campbell has lost his seat.

The Lib Dems have been the biggest benefactors from all of this, gaining more than 20 seats, while Labour have held Luton and Stevenage.

Friday's counts include all of Central Beds, Bedford's Mayoral election and a third of Milton Keynes Council, where the Tories are defending 12 seats.

And that means the day could yet get worse for the Conservatives.

Broxbourne Borough Council: Conservative hold

A third of the seats were contested in Broxbourne with all 11 being held.

The Conservatives won all 10 seats they were defending and Labour held their one seat.

There are 30 seats on the council: 27 are Conservative, two are Labour and there is one independent.

Hertfordshire: Polls held for 10 councils

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

There have been no county council elections this year but all 10 lower-tier councils in Hertfordshire - the districts and the boroughs - have had ballots on Thursday.

In Dacorum, East Herts and Hertsmere, everybody is up for election, while a third of all councillors are standing in the other seven authorities: Broxbourne, North Herts, St Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford and Welwyn Hatfield.

St Albans District Council

The Conservatives run seven of the 10 authorities, with the Liberal Democrats in charge of Three Rivers and Watford, and Labour responsible for Stevenage.

The Tories are expected to hold Dacorum, East Herts, Hertsmere, Broxbourne and North Herts, while Labour should hold on to Stevenage and Watford is likely to stay Lib Dem.

But Welwyn nearly went to no overall control in 2018 and St Albans could also be interesting. There the Conservatives are defending 14 seats but have a majority of 12.

Three Rivers could go to no overall control, although the Tories are defending lots of seats.

Turnouts could be low, but small parties may make gains

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The politics of the East of England is dominated by the Conservatives.

They run 25 out of the 37 local authorities in the BBC East region and the expectation is they will continue to do so after tonight.

But how many seats will they lose?

The sitting government always expects to take a hit at local elections, but this year things have been complicated by Brexit.

The East was a largely Leave-voting area and canvassers have found real frustration on the doorsteps.

I have heard stories about Conservatives taking off their rosettes before delivering leaflets; of doors being slammed in faces, candidates sworn at and even one Tory being punched.

And it is not just the Tories. All the main parties have reported a far more fractious atmosphere among voters.

So what will that mean for polling?

Turnouts are always much lower than for general elections and it looks as if it will be very low this time.

It was about 36% for the 2018 local elections, compared to a turnout of 69% for the 2017 General Election and 72% for the EU referendum in 2016.

Anything under 30% is bad, but I am hearing it could be much lower.

It could be a good night for the smaller parties and independent candidates.

The public do not think much of our politicians at the moment and they may have shown that at the polls.

Broxbourne Council: £100,000 restoration for Hoddesdon's Spinning Wheel

Deborah Price

Local Democracy Reporter, Hertfordshire

A landmark building in the heart of Hoddesdon is to be restored, following a decision by Broxbourne Borough Council to invest £100,000.

Spinning Wheel, Hoddesdon

The council-owned, Grade II-listed Spinning Wheel, on High Street, was built in the Swiss Cottage style in the middle of the 19th Century and had recently been let out as office and rental accommodation.

When the last tenants moved out in August, the council found work was needed.

The cabinet agreed to use £100,000 which had been allocated for car park resurfacing, along with £25,000 from the previous tenants, and once refurbished it could be let for about £35,000 a year.

If nothing was done the authority would have to pay empty rates at a cost of £6,162.

In the longer term, it was highlighted that the property could be used for the possible relocation of the Lowewood Museum, but it could be late 2021 until they hear whether a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for that is successful or not.

Broxbourne Borough Council ward results

Here are the full results from Broxbourne Borough Council, where the Conservatives have taken a seat from UKIP.

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