LIVE BLOG: Warrington elections

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  • 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

5:34pm

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.

5:32pm

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."

5:30pm

See the full breakdown of results for every candidate here

5:25pm

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."

5:19pm

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."

5:03pm

So Labour gain three seats and lost one too. The Liberal Democrats gained one seat and lost two while the Conservatives lost one seat.

5:01pm

The final result is in with Bill Brinksman retaining the seat in Rixton and Woolston.

5:00pm

Thanks for getting involved with our election coverage online and on Twitter today

4:51pm Fri 23 May 14

gazhopley says

@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.

4:57pm

4:43pm Fri 23 May 14

bodyproject says

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.

4:41pm

Smiles all round for Les Morgan who tops the Latchford West vote 

Warrington Guardian:

4:39pm

And here he is celebrating the win

Warrington Guardian:

4:35pm

Back to the results and Fairfield hold for Labour. 

Mayor Peter Carey keeps the spot

Warrington Guardian: New Mayor Clr Peter Carey

4:33pm

You can join today's election debate using #WireElection or posting your comments below
 
 
 
 

 

4:26pm

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4:24pm

Les Morgan wins Latchford West for Labour, taking the seat off the Lib Dems.

4:22pm

Labour keep Birchwood and the Lib Dems hold Whittle Hall

4:20pm

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. 

Congratulations!

4:16pm

And here's the happy Hannons celebrating

Warrington Guardian:

4:13pm

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4:11pm

4:10pm

Labour also win Orford:

The new clr Kerry Morris is the daughter of Mike and Kate Hannon so a political dynasty there

4:09pm

Lib Dems hold Appleton: Judith Wheeler has been re-elected to the council having previously represented Whittle Hall

4:07pm

4:00pm

In Grappenhall, Lib Dem's Wendy Johnson holds. 

Told you they would start to come in thick and fast!

3:59pm

In Culcheth, Labour gain from the Conservatives while in Poulton North Labour hold

3:58pm

Maureen Creaghan looks delighted with her win for Labour in Poulton South

Warrington Guardian:

3:56pm

We are streaming live from today's election results. Scroll down to our 3.40pm update for the first of this afternoon's videos

3:51pm

3:48pm Fri 23 May 14

Nick Tessla says

Not much of a UKIP earthquake in Warrington

3:51pm

3:49pm

Andy Heaver celebrates with clr Terry O'Neill after winning the Great Sankey North seat

Warrington Guardian:

3:45pm

Successful day for Labour so far as John Kerr-Brown wins Poplars and Hulme

Warrington Guardian:

3:42pm

Labour's Pat Wright holds on to her seat in Bewsey while in Westbrook Lib Dems gain from Labour

3:40pm

3:36pm

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3:36pm

Steve Wright keeps Latchford east for Labour and Cooperative party

3:33pm

Lymm held by the Liberal Democrats and clr Bob Barr

3:28pm

Labour also wins Great Sankey North and Poulton South

3:28pm

Results are coming in thick and fast now

3:17pm

3:07pm

Councillor John Kerr-Brown of Poplars and Hulme looks on

Warrington Guardian:

2:50pm

We are told to expect the first results to come in soon. From there they should flood in after that.

2:33pm

James Ashington from UKIP watches on as the count gets under way

Warrington Guardian:

2:28pm

And we're off! The count has started. Results will be rolling in soon

Warrington Guardian:

2:14pm

2:09pm

The European Parliament turnout has been announced - 51,902 people voted which works out at 32.64 per cent.

2:07pm

Que the trumpets - the count has started.

1:54pm

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.

1:24pm

1:09pm

Still waiting on turnout figures but it looks like it might be a bit higher than organisers expected. 

12:59pm

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.

12:50pm

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.

12:24pm

12:24pm

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

Warrington Guardian:

12:08pm

We are anticipating the first results to come in from 1.30pm.

12:01pm

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.

11:36am

Our reporter Vicki Stockman and photographer Mike Boden are in Birchwood ready for the count to start. 

Warrington Guardian:

11:34am

Counting will get under way soon. 

Warrington Guardian:

11:33am

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.

11:17am

At the moment the European and local ballot papers are being separated and the European papers are being validated.

10:36am

10:10am

To see all the candidates and the wards which will be decided on click here.

9:56am

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.

9:52am

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.

Warrington Guardian:

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3:48pm Fri 23 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

Not much of a UKIP earthquake in Warrington
Not much of a UKIP earthquake in Warrington Nick Tessla
  • Score: -2

4:43pm Fri 23 May 14

bodyproject says...

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.
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. bodyproject
  • Score: 2

4:51pm Fri 23 May 14

gazhopley says...

@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.
@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. gazhopley
  • Score: 5

7:14pm Fri 23 May 14

local man says...

Well to all of you who didn't bother voting what a wasted opportunity, at least get out and have your say. I voted early evening and was the 1000 and something voter - in a ward of about 12000, the results showed 1900 bothered to turn out. Everyone who thinks it's a forgone conclusion who will get in - it wouldn't be if you voted !
I have to say the young people I have spoken to - family and their friends - just didn't bother voting. BodyProject is right, until we go digital we aren't going to get a decent turnout.
When you really start to think about the number its appalling. A seat with 12,000 possible voters and 1043 vote for the eventual winner - less than 10%, and 1094 vote against the winner - but divided between 3 candidates. We really do have a poor system, if politicians threatened to take away the vote people would be up in arms, but we just take it for granted and waste it because of apathy.
Well to all of you who didn't bother voting what a wasted opportunity, at least get out and have your say. I voted early evening and was the 1000 and something voter - in a ward of about 12000, the results showed 1900 bothered to turn out. Everyone who thinks it's a forgone conclusion who will get in - it wouldn't be if you voted ! I have to say the young people I have spoken to - family and their friends - just didn't bother voting. BodyProject is right, until we go digital we aren't going to get a decent turnout. When you really start to think about the number its appalling. A seat with 12,000 possible voters and 1043 vote for the eventual winner - less than 10%, and 1094 vote against the winner - but divided between 3 candidates. We really do have a poor system, if politicians threatened to take away the vote people would be up in arms, but we just take it for granted and waste it because of apathy. local man
  • Score: 0

10:36pm Fri 23 May 14

JonnyV says...

Great blog by the paper - though why are the majority of candidates over 55? Why aren't there many younger candidates in the politics....
Great blog by the paper - though why are the majority of candidates over 55? Why aren't there many younger candidates in the politics.... JonnyV
  • Score: -1

12:52am Sun 25 May 14

Cheap Mower says...

local man wrote:
Well to all of you who didn't bother voting what a wasted opportunity, at least get out and have your say. I voted early evening and was the 1000 and something voter - in a ward of about 12000, the results showed 1900 bothered to turn out. Everyone who thinks it's a forgone conclusion who will get in - it wouldn't be if you voted !
I have to say the young people I have spoken to - family and their friends - just didn't bother voting. BodyProject is right, until we go digital we aren't going to get a decent turnout.
When you really start to think about the number its appalling. A seat with 12,000 possible voters and 1043 vote for the eventual winner - less than 10%, and 1094 vote against the winner - but divided between 3 candidates. We really do have a poor system, if politicians threatened to take away the vote people would be up in arms, but we just take it for granted and waste it because of apathy.
I didn't vote as UKIP weren't running for Birchwood
[quote][p][bold]local man[/bold] wrote: Well to all of you who didn't bother voting what a wasted opportunity, at least get out and have your say. I voted early evening and was the 1000 and something voter - in a ward of about 12000, the results showed 1900 bothered to turn out. Everyone who thinks it's a forgone conclusion who will get in - it wouldn't be if you voted ! I have to say the young people I have spoken to - family and their friends - just didn't bother voting. BodyProject is right, until we go digital we aren't going to get a decent turnout. When you really start to think about the number its appalling. A seat with 12,000 possible voters and 1043 vote for the eventual winner - less than 10%, and 1094 vote against the winner - but divided between 3 candidates. We really do have a poor system, if politicians threatened to take away the vote people would be up in arms, but we just take it for granted and waste it because of apathy.[/p][/quote]I didn't vote as UKIP weren't running for Birchwood Cheap Mower
  • Score: 2

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