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LIVE BLOG: Warrington elections
Updated 12:20pm Tuesday 27th May 2014 in News
This live event has finished
- Counting starts for Warrington Borough Council's election
- There are 19 seats up for grabs
- Labour has majority of seats on council and will not lose control even if they do not win a seat today
That brings to a close to the live blog.
Don't forget the European a parliament election count takes place on Sunday evening and you can find out the results at warringtonguardian.co.uk.
Conservative party leader Clr Paul Kennedy, who saw the group's number of councillors drop to three, said: "We are disappointed, a good result for us would have been to hold on to Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft and maybe even won a seat or two.
"It was close in Lymm.
"Next year we have the advantage of a general election which will be of help to us with more people voting."
See the full breakdown of results for every candidate here
Liberal Democrat leader Clr Ian Marks said the party was pleasantly surprised at the election results.
"It shows where we work hard we have seen good results and the residents have backed us.
"We may be one down but we are bucking the national trend for the party by holding and winning seats."
Hailing his party's gains Labour leader Clr Terry O'Neill said: "I'm very pleased we had three wins, we are very disappointed with the one loss.
"We have 43 councillors out of 57 on the council, I think it's an endorsement of the Labour party's actions and we want to help make the town grow so Warrington people have opportunities."
So Labour gain three seats and lost one too. The Liberal Democrats gained one seat and lost two while the Conservatives lost one seat.
The final result is in with Bill Brinksman retaining the seat in Rixton and Woolston.
Thanks for getting involved with our election coverage online and on Twitter today
4:51pm Fri 23 May 14
@Markbarnes007 @warringtonnews Frankly, if you can't be bothered, don't complain. You get what you get.
I don't think it's a case of people not being "bothered". I think people have stopped blindly voting for whichever person is representing the party they usually vote for, and started voting for people they "trust" and if the voters feel none of them are trustworthy then why would they vote for any of them, I think the numbers of people who don't vote are just as important as the number of people who do, and shouldn't be simply dismissed. Their silence should still be heard.
4:43pm Fri 23 May 14
The issue nobody seems to be raising is what about the people who didn't vote. Between 60-80% of people didn't provide a vote so what sort of mandate do our elected representatives have? I think watching the films and pictures form the count we have to come into the 21st century - the days of sports halls and trestle tables and boxes of paper have to end and anew technology deployed. Surely online voting is not that difficult and security and validation possible (yes I know eBay acts as a warning this week) in this modern era. Then maybe we will get a better turnout.
Smiles all round for Les Morgan who tops the Latchford West vote
And here he is celebrating the win
Back to the results and Fairfield hold for Labour.
Mayor Peter Carey keeps the spot
@Markbarnes007 @warringtonnews Frankly, if you can't be bothered, don't complain. You get what you get.— @RupertBudgen 23 May 2014
RT @Markbarnes007: @RupertBudgen @warringtonnews I could and did but don't forget it's them that want my vote not the other way round.— @warringtonnews 23 May 2014
@warringtonnews @Markbarnes007 Every vote should count the same. That'd be a start. Also, we should all avoid personality politics.— @RupertBudgen 23 May 2014
Les Morgan wins Latchford West for Labour, taking the seat off the Lib Dems.
Labour keep Birchwood and the Lib Dems hold Whittle Hall
Labour's David Keane has been re-elected in Penketh and Cuerdley....although we won't be getting a snap of him today as wife has just had a baby.
And here's the happy Hannons celebrating
If only 32% of people voted I don't think anyone has won anything cause 68% don't see the point of voting @warringtonnews #pointlesssystem— @Markbarnes007 23 May 2014
@wgtonnicpriest @warringtonnews Imagine if the voters were inconsiderate enough to have a high turnout!!!— @realdavedoubleu 23 May 2014
Labour also win Orford:
The new clr Kerry Morris is the daughter of Mike and Kate Hannon so a political dynasty there
Lib Dems hold Appleton: Judith Wheeler has been re-elected to the council having previously represented Whittle Hall
I remember when local election results were sorted by early the next morning, it's 4pm and we still don't know Warrington's yet!— @wgtonnicpriest 23 May 2014
In Grappenhall, Lib Dem's Wendy Johnson holds.
Told you they would start to come in thick and fast!
In Culcheth, Labour gain from the Conservatives while in Poulton North Labour hold
Maureen Creaghan looks delighted with her win for Labour in Poulton South
We are streaming live from today's election results. Scroll down to our 3.40pm update for the first of this afternoon's videos
3:48pm Fri 23 May 14
Nick Tessla says
Not much of a UKIP earthquake in Warrington
Andy Heaver celebrates with clr Terry O'Neill after winning the Great Sankey North seat
Successful day for Labour so far as John Kerr-Brown wins Poplars and Hulme
Labour's Pat Wright holds on to her seat in Bewsey while in Westbrook Lib Dems gain from Labour
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Steve Wright keeps Latchford east for Labour and Cooperative party
Lymm held by the Liberal Democrats and clr Bob Barr
Labour also wins Great Sankey North and Poulton South
Results are coming in thick and fast now
It looks like we will have the first result through in the next few minutes.— @vickistockman 23 May 2014
Councillor John Kerr-Brown of Poplars and Hulme looks on
We are told to expect the first results to come in soon. From there they should flood in after that.
James Ashington from UKIP watches on as the count gets under way
And we're off! The count has started. Results will be rolling in soon
I've heard that UKIP have had a strong showing in Fairfield and Howley as the counting gets under way.— @vickistockman 23 May 2014
The European Parliament turnout has been announced - 51,902 people voted which works out at 32.64 per cent.
Que the trumpets - the count has started.
There may not be much going on in the hall but outside we have just had a massive shower at Birchwood Leisure Centre.
The roof sounded like it was about to crash.
Things are getting quieter as everyone slumps off for lunch. Expect it to become a hive again at 2. http://t.co/rcwtq9G7Mm— @vickistockman 23 May 2014
Still waiting on turnout figures but it looks like it might be a bit higher than organisers expected.
There's a bit of a delay in separating and validating the ballot papers so it looks like the counting should get under way after a lunch break for the counters at 2pm.
Another closely contested seat will be Lymm as Liberal Democrat Bob Barr looks to hold on to the seat in the face of competition from Conservative Kath Buckley.
UKIP who have done well in votes across the country will also be hoping to make an impact in the seat with Warrington group leader James Ashington standing.
There are a few wards that are getting more attention than others as the parties are anticipating some close battles in those areas.— @vickistockman 23 May 2014
THIS cute youngster may only be three-years-old but yesterday he was doing his bit to encourage residents to head to the polls.
Read more here.
We are anticipating the first results to come in from 1.30pm.
There are going to be a few interesting results from the count today.
One to watch is the Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft seat where Paul Campbell is hoping to keep the seat for the Conservatives after longstanding councillor Les Hoyle standsown. But Labour's Matt Smith is challenging for the post after his party won the seat from the Tories at the last election.
Our reporter Vicki Stockman and photographer Mike Boden are in Birchwood ready for the count to start.
Counting will get under way soon.
I've already spoken to a few of the candidates.
Pat Wright is hoping to retain her seat in Bewsey and Whitecross for Labour and says she is always nervous on results day.
Les Morgan is a new candidate for Labour standing in Latchford West and he hopes his work in the community will help him win the seat from the Liberal Democrats.
At the moment the European and local ballot papers are being separated and the European papers are being validated.
To see all the candidates and the wards which will be decided on click here.
Yesterday also saw the vote for the European Parliamentary elections which will see the north west decide on its MEPs for the next five years.
The regional count will take place on Sunday evening in Manchester in line with the rest of Europe.
Counting is set to get under way at 10am for this year's Warrington Borough Council election.
A total of 19 seats have been voted on yesterday and we will be covering the results as they come in.
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