As the counting of votes continues across a number of the North West’s local authorities, the results are in for all Greater Manchester’s boroughs outside the city centre, and in Liverpool, Mayor Joe Anderson’s re-election was confirmed with 52.6% of the vote.
Headlines so far:
- In Stockport, Liberal Democrat Cllr Sue Derbyshire lost her seat, after 18 years of Liberal Democrat leadership, to Labour Cllr Charlie Stewart. Derbyshire was also head of Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s planning and housing commission. It’s not yet clear who will replace her
- Stockport now has no overall control, although Labour is the biggest party with 23 councillors
- Bury remained Labour, but lost two councillors in Prestwich to the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats
- Labour majority retained in Bolton, but two seats were lost to UKIP, which now has five seats
- In Rochdale, Labour remained in control, and gained a seat from the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats gained a seat from Labour
- In Trafford, the only Conservative council in Greater Manchester retained control, with no new seats despite hopes of gains
- Labour was still in control in Wigan, but the Conservatives gained seats taking its total to five
- In Merseyside, there are contests in all council areas, including the entirety of Knowsley Council which is up for re-election. Votes are still being counted
- Similarly, unitary council Warrington could experience a shift as all seats are up for election, but results have not been announced
- In St Helens, Labour kept control, but UKIP finished second in nine wards
- For Sefton, Labour lost three seats to an independent and community action party
- Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson won a second term with 52.6% of the vote, down from 59% in 2012
Counting continues in Manchester and Liverpool. In Salford, news on who will replace Mayor Ian Stewart is expected this afternoon.