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Re-read: Vote 2014 - Merseyside and Cheshire local election results

Our reporters have been at Liverpool, Halton, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, West Lancs, St Helens and Warrington council counts, bringing you results as they happened throughout the day

Polling Station in Merseyside
Polling Station in Merseyside

Join us from 10am as our reporters bring you the news, atmosphere and results from local election counts at Liverpool Council, Wirral council, Sefton Council, Knowsley Council, Halton Council, West Lancs council, St Helens Council and Warrington Council

10:00am

Good morning and welcome to our local election live blog.

We've got ECHO reporters at local election counts at Liverpool council, Wirral council, Sefton Council, Knowsley Council, Halton Council, West Lancs council, St Helens Council and Warrington Council.

Stick with us for the latest updates from all these counts, and to find out the results as they are announced throughout the day.

10:12am

10:15am

Counting is now underway in Southport with lots of candidates waiting eagarly. Leader Iain Brodie Brown has told our reporter Georgina Stubbs he is confident his party will do well.

10:16am

ECHO reporter Liam Murphy has confirmed the Wirral count is now underway at Bidston tennis centre.

10:18am

10:20am

Elsewhere, we're hearing Labour has made gains in Hastings, Carlisle, Stevenage, Cannock Chase, Lincoln and Ipswich.

10:22am

Here are the Wirral election turnouts: Birkenhead 35.4%, Oxton 37.6%, Rock Ferry 26.5%, Claughton 32.2%, Prenton 34.2%, Bidston 26.6%, Bebington 37.35%, Bromborough 30.47%, Clatterbridge 40.47%, Eastham 36.39%, Heswall 39.73%, New Brighton 36%, Wallasey 38.7%, Moreton West 38%, Leasowe 38%, Liscard 31.2%, Seacombe 26.6%, Upton 32.9%, Hoylake 39.5%, Pensby 39%, Greasby 43%, West Kirby 42.1%

10:24am

10:25am

10:27am

ECHO reporter John McDougall is at the Halton count, where 17 wards were up for election but Appleton, Hale and Broadheath have already been decided due to uncontested elections. Only the existing Labour candidates stood.

10:31am

10:31am

Halton election turnouts: Birchfield = 28.01%, Farnworth = 27.25%, Halton View = 30.22%, Kingsway = 23.95%, Ditton = 28.95%, Hough Green = 29.89%, Mersey = 27.55%, Heath = 36.74%, Halton Brook = 29.98%, Grange = 25.32%, Halton Castle = 31.76%, Halton Lea = 29.99%, Norton North = 32.20%, Norton South = 27.72%

10:32am

10.35am

ECHO reporter Rebecca Koncienzcy is at the West Lancs count, where Ukip is fielding 11 out of the 18 wards.

10:37am

John McDougall at the Halton count: "The Lib Dems have already lost a seat due to Cllr Miriam Hodge not standing in Kingsway - the seat is being contested by Labour and UKIP."

10:39am

Liverpool ECHO City Editor Marc Waddington is at the Liverpool count. He said: "Greenbank definitely not looking good for Labour. But they look like runaway winners in most wards, as you'd expect.

"I'm told Church, the Lib Dems' stronghold in South Liverpool, is looking "tough" for them. Labour desperate to get a foot in the door there."

10:40am

10:43am

West Lancashire Council's managing director Gill Rowe has announced that verification of the postal votes have already been confirmed.

They anticipate the verification of all votes to be complete by lunchtime with results throughout the afternoon.

10:45am

City Editor Marc Waddington has just filed this report:

There is potential for several surprise results here in Liverpool as the counting gathers pace.

The Liberal Democrats appear to be struggling in their stronghold Church ward, where Labour are desperate to get a foot in the door.

But Labour is not doing as well as they would hope in the Greenbank ward, which could swap hands from the Lib Dems to the Greens. 

The Greens will no doubt have been helped by a favourable turn out in the European elections part of the poll, with voters likely to vote the same in both ballots.

As such, they look favourites to take the third seat in the St Michaels ward, where they currently hold two seats.

Independent Sharon Green will have struggled to mount a successful campaign for lack of resources, but then Labour will be disappointed if all their efforts there come to nothing.

But Labour will no doubt leave today's count positive, as they are highly likely to storm home in most of their rock solid seats in the north of the city.

What will be particularly interesting is whether or not they can muster the same support as they achieved in 2010 when they seized power from the Lib Dems.

Many of the Labour candidates up for election today, such as cabinet members Nick Small and Roz Gladden, were last up that year.

10:45am

 

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