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Local authority staff in Essex have been redeployed to work on helplines, undertake community patrols and delivering vital supplies.
Nearly 50 Colchester Borough Council workers have taken up the temporary roles to support key services during the coronavirus lockdown, the council said.
Liberal Democrat leader of the council, Mark Cory, said: "Our staff, who show exceptional commitment at the best of times, have been stretching themselves even further over the last four weeks, and often beyond their comfort zones, to help keep critical front line services going."
While Chelmsford's Conservative MP was "visibly upset" as her party lost its massive majority and control at the city council, one of the national party leaders has pitched up in the county town and in Colchester with a smile on his face.
Colchester was a target council for the Tories, but they lost one seat and it remains in a situation where no single party has overall control.
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has been congratulate local party members.
"It's not just Chelmsford - we've done massively well across the country," he said.
"People are fed up with the complete deadlock in government.
"The future of the health service, homelessness, underfunding in social services, education and knife crime have all been neglected.
"We want to stop Brexit and we want a 'people's vote' so that ultimately people can decide which way we go on the matter."
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The Conservatives have lost control of four councils across Essex.
Chelmsford City Council was the scene of the biggest surprise. The Lib Dems overturned a 45-seat majority to take over the authority.
Southend, Basildon and Tendring fell to no overall control, while Thurrock and Colchester also remained without an outright majority.
There were Conservative holds in Castle Point, Maldon, Epping, Rochford, Brentwood and Braintree.
Harlow stayed under Labour control.