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- Politics reporter Elaine O'Flynn and web editor Julian Thorpe bring you the results of the local election as they happen
- A third of the council seats are up for election
- Prospective councillors are gathered at Bolton Arena for the count
- There are 107 candidates contesting 21 seats
- There are 20 wards, but two seats available in Horwich and Blackrod ward
Thanks for following folks. It's been emotional. Now go to bed. Or get up. Meh.
To recap - get the full overview here.
Greater Manchester's first UKIP councillor, Paul Richardson.
When asked what his policies were, he replied: "It's very hard to know. I'll let the people decide."
Diane Parkinson celebrates taking Hulton ward from Tory Andy Morgan.
Nick Peel celebrates holding Tonge with the Haulgh for Labour.
Former Conservative councillor Andy Morgan looking very dejected as he loses his seat to UKIP in Hulton.
Noel Spencer celebrating holding Farnworth for Labour despite (or maybe because of) dressing like Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty.
Feed the Goat - Sean Harkin's seat was not up this time
Anyone wondering about the European election results - we won't get them until Sunday. Watch this space.
The results @boltoncouncil leave the Council Lab 40 Con 15 Lib Dem 3 Ukip 2 - UKIP gain 2 Lab & Con lose 1 each - thanks to all involved !!— @Seanharriss 23 May 2014
Full results here, being updated as we speak...
It's official! I lost to UKIP by 141 votes. #Election2014— @boltontory 23 May 2014
The pie might have to wait until tomorrow
Will bring you some reaction soon. We'll be kicked out in half an hour.
So to summarise - UKIP took two seats - one from Labour and one from the Tories. They came second in 13 seats. No change for the Lib Dems, but some very low counts in some seats.
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor:
Martyn Cox CON - 1424
Derek Radwell Lib Dem 163
Ann Graham Lab 1278
Joan Johnson UKIP 984
Heathyer Ryland Green - 127
Jack Speight IND - 203
Martyn Cox holds it for Conservatives. Another big whoop there. Tories will be happy with that one - Bolton West is always close.
LAst one now... Westhoughton North and Chew Moor
Christine Flanagan CON - 429
Aron Hepworth UKIP 876
Andrew Martin Lib Dem focus team 1674
Richard Middleshaw 139
Kevin Morris - 1329
Andrew Martin holds it for Lib Dem.
Lib dem seat - this will be interesting
Oh go on... let's make it an 8.
Yeah, not bad Sean. I'll give you a 7 out of 10.
And he's thanking the media for their help covering it. And he wants us to say what a great returning officer he is.
And this is a "testament to the effectiveness of local democracy"
Round of applause for them
And the council staff at all levels
Sean Harriss is thanking the police for their help
Again, a solid result for Greens there.
Horwich and Blackrod:
Alan Berry LAB 1313
Keith Cocker Green - 401
Carol Ann Forshaw CON 850
Danile Haslam CON 708
Bob Horsfield UKIP 1147
Lynn McCartin Lib DEM 201
Stephen Pickup LAB 1310
Lynn Rock Lib Dem 159
Alan Berry and Stephen Pickup hold it for Labour. Some massive whoops after that one. Labour evidently very pleased by that result.
Two councillors to be elected here - two seats available. So the two highest votes will get them.
Horwich and Blackrod next...
Little Lever and Darcy lever is the first UKIP council seat in Greater Manchester ever, apparently.
Jack Hayes CON 317
Ismail Ibrahim LAB 2876
Alan Johnson GREEN 200
Geoffrey Kay UKIP 492
Solari Joley Lib Dem - 66
Ismail Ibrahim holds his seat for Labour in another highly unsurprising result. Fairly decent performance by Green party leader Alan Johnson.
361 for David Wilkinson in Westhoughton South - sorry missed that one somehow earlier
Could be some disappointed UKIP supporters there
Geoff Armstrong UKIP 1108
Doug Bagnall Lib DEM 73
Tevoer Bonfield 115 GREEN
Aidan Meegan CON 211
Noel Spencer 1454
Noel Spencer holds it for Labour
Farnworth now. This could be interesting
Heaton and Lostock:
Jonh Gillet LAB and coop - 1154
Christine McPherson 196 LD
Hanna Louise Middleshaw GREEN 179
Colin Shaw CON 2237
Steven Thomas UKIP 933
Colin Shaw, the mayor, for a few days at least, keeps his seat for the Tories in what is probably the least surprising result of the night.
Could that be anything to do with this publicity stunt? Probably not.
Daniel Bolton Green 150
Mudasir Dean CON 1585
Pau; Fitzpatrick LAB 786
Gaby McDowell LD - 172
Arthur Norris - UKIP 932
Mudasir Dean holds his seat for the Tories
That's a massive blow for the Tories
David Cooper Lib Dem 69
Andy Morgan CON - 1150
Diane Parkinson UKIP 1291
Sheikh Shafaq LAB 1140
James Tomkinson Green - 162
That's a massive shock... UKIP have scalped Tory bigwig Andy Morgan
Interesting result there in Westhoughton South. David Wilkson is one of the most vocal councillors Bolton has seen
Derek Bullock English Dem - 97
Kevan Jones LAB 1268
Stephen Wallon CON - 562
Les Waring UKIP - 917
David Wilkinson Lib Dem 361
Kevan Jones holds it for Labour
There was a loud female whoop after that one, which I assume was from Lynda. Congratulations to her.
Lynda Byrne LAB 1,490
Luara Diggle Green 115
Claire Hayes CON 577
Stephen Howarth LD - 51
Kathleen Kavanagh UKIP 1217
Lynda Byrne holds it for Labour
UKIP have scored their first seat on Bolton Council
Little Lever and Darcy Lever
Alywine Cartmell GREEN 147
Maureen Connel LAB 1051
Reece Gibbon CON 657
Eric Hyde 661 LD
Paul Richardson UKIP 1255
So that's it - first win for UKIP
Former Conservative leader John Walsh holds it, reasonalby narrowly. Closest one yet.
Clive Richard Atty Liberal Democrat 85
Ben Deed Green Party 182
Harry Lamb UK Independence Party 1039
Stuart William Murray Labour 1279
John Walsh Conservative 1481
Astley Bridge next
Mohammed Ayub LAB - 2420
David Collins Green 127
Rebecca Fairhurst - Lib Dem 64
Joseph Hold IND - 54
Jay PAtel CON - 338
Dot Sexton UKIP 505
Mohammed Ayub holds his seat for Labour
Great lever now
Chris Atty Lib DEM 169
David Greenhalgh CON- 2312
Collettte Harkin Lab 957
Lynda Rosewell UKIP 878
Conservative leader David Greenhalgh holds his seat comfortably.
Bromley cross now
And UKIP are second again. I see a pattern developing here.
Wendy Connor Lib Dem 86
Mike Francis LAB 1713
Hamblet, Geoff UKIP - 726
Cathy Sykes Green 115
Rob Tyler CON - 366
Mike Francis holds it for Labour
Harper Green on stage now
Great Lever being summoned
Horwich north east:
Galloway, Anne CON - 743
Peter McGeehan UKIP 888
Kevin Mceown LAB - 1324
Rod Riseco Green 203
Steve Rock Lib Dem Focus team 573
Kevin McKeown holds if for Labour
Horwich north east now
UKIP second again though.
Coombs CON 223
Francine Godfrey Lib Dem 95
Ian McHugh Green 173
Andrew McKenzie IND 42
Leo Taylor UKIP 607
Akhtar Zaman LAB 2,260
Akhtar Zaman holds it for Labour. Pretty convincing victory that. He's another Labour bigwig, and Halliwell is about as safe as it gets.
Let's see if anyone voted for the noisy neighbour
Halliwell ward next. Zaman holds if for Labour at the moment...
Let's see what happens...
The general feeling among Labour and Conservative seems to be one of relief now. There was some nervousness about UKIP, but the feeling now is that UKIP have not done enough to break through.
UKIP have come second in all three Bolton Council results so far. Third in the Horwich Town Council by-election.
Halliwell's been called provisionally, so that could be coming soon.
Derek Burrows LAB 1139
Simon Paul Coley IND 309
Mark Jesohp Cunninghm UKIP 1096
Sandra McNeill CON - 278
Margaret Rothwell LIB dem 348
Derek Burrows holds it for Labour
Of course it's all interesting. But you know that.
If you've just joined us, this is the interesting bit.
Apologies for any typos here - it's moving pretty quick now
Sufrana Bashir Ismail LAB - 2,363
George Stanley Bown, UKIP 826
Ryan Haslam - Con 456
Pam Humpries uind 121
Ann Sanders Warren Lib Dem - 148
Labour holds - Sufrana is another cabinet member
Tonge with the Haulgh:
Derek Fisher UKIP 1053
Paul Anthony Lib Dem 66
Eric Hyland Left Unity - 14
Kirk robinson CON - 486
Hafsa Patel Green - 91
Nick Peel Lab - 1399
Dorothee Sayers BNP 109
Nick Peel - Labour - holds his seat
Glen Carl Atkinson - LAB 355
Douglas Bagnall Lib Dem - 327
Peter MGeehan UKIP 310
Labour have got Claypool
Horwich Claypool (town council) will be first, then Tonge with the Haulgh
Lib Dem candidate for Crompton is being summoned.
Well, I suppose we have, technically. But some of us would like to sleep at some point.
Come on guys, sort it out. We haven't got all night.
And Crompton ward candidates/agents being summoned again.
Crompton ward candidates being summoned now
They're calling a candidate or agent for UKIP in Kearsley. Wouldn't read too much into that - I think it just means they've gone AWOL.
Kearsley candidates and agents are also being summoned to the side of the room, so looks like that could be announced soon as well.
Christine Flanagan stood down "because of work commitments"
Nick is on the cabinet and is responsible for environmental services.
So this could be interesting...
That's Labour bigwig Cllr Nick Peel's seat
Tonge with the Haulgh result is imminent
waka flocks flame - we're not sure at the moment. We'll try to find out. Probably just to annoy.
This was a by-election triggered by the resignation of Conservative councillor Christine Flanagan.
Horwich Claypool ward is about to be announced. That's a Horwich Town Council ward, by the way, not Bolton Council.
Bit late for that now...
There is an anti-UKIP petition going around the hall, apparently.
Lizii - we will definitely try to ask UKIP about gay weather control. Thanks for that.
A senior Labour figure has just said: "If UKIP get elected it could stir up ethnic tensions in Bolton - an area that is traditionally very stable between diverse communities."
I think it goes: "I promise to do my duty to God and the Queen", or something like that. Or am I getting confused with the Scouts? Yes. Yes, I probably am.
Successful candidates are being reminded that they will agree a date, either tomorrow or next week, to pledge an oath of allegiance.
Once the count has been completed, an announcement will be made, then candidates and agents will come to a point and the final result will be agreed. Then another announcement will be made.
Sean Harriss is talking again. We're getting close to provsional results in one or two wards, apparently.
And if we can't do that, we'll just make something up off the top of our heads.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask, and we'll try to put them to the parties.
dreamy - the council do not decide which seats to put up. It's done on a rotational cyclical basis.
This is Julian, by the way. Elaine might provide you with something more insightful later.
UKIP are acting all casual.
Mr Nick - they're staying tight lipped, but it's obvious that Labour and the Tories are nervous.
Police are pacing about the floor. I can see at least one senior officer.
That could just be his normal expression, mind
Cllr John Walsh (Con - Astley Bridge) is grimacing as he watches the count
UKIP looking good in Farnworth. It will be a massive shock if they're successful.
Just found an election leaflet from Andrew Mckenzie. It's incredible. He's standing on the basis that he's Cllr Akhtar Zaman's neighbour, and is basically saying people should vote for him instead of Cllr Zaman. He makes a load of wild accusations about Cllr Zaman that I won't repeat here, but it makes some bizarre reading.
1:39am Fri 23 May 14
So many people voting, so many wasted votes, Labour are still in control as they didnt put any unsafe seats up for election.
To clarify mark - this is how the voting works.
There are 60 seats on the council. Each year, a third of those (20) are up for election, but it's on a four-year cycle, so no elections on the fourth year. The wards that go up for election are not picked or controlled by the council - it's done on a cyclical basis.
Lots of chatter before, but everyone's biting their lips now and peering anxiously at the tables.
It's all gone very quiet in the hall now. A hush has descended. It's very tense.
jellbellkell is asking when the final result will be. Council communication boss says: "I don't know". So there's your answer.
No more turnout figures yet, dreamy. Will let you know when we get em.
Here's former Conservative leader John Walsh looking pensive. His seat in Astley Bridge is on the line tonight.
Sean Harriss has just warned photographers (both amateur and professional) not to take any pictures of actual ballot papers
Regional returning officer has accepted the European election verification, so the count has now started. This is where it gets exciting.
We're just really nosey, basically.
And if you didn't vote for UKIP, tell us why not. We want to know that as well.
We know there are some UKIP voters reading this. Tell us why you voted for them. We want to know.
The Labour leader of Rotherham council has just lost his seat to UKIP, according to that Twitter.
Sean Harriss is suggesting to people that now would be a good time to take a "comfort break". That's a euphemism.
We've successfully verified the local and European ballot boxes, Sean Harriss, tells us, so will be starting the count proper shortly. Some half-hearted "woo - yeahs" from the crowd.
Not sure what it was. Someone probably dropped something. Hopefully not a ballot box full of papers.
A loud bang from the end of the hall, but no one is diving on the floor and screaming, so I think we're safe
1:24am Fri 23 May 14
lookin forward to the pie chart lol, great job tonight ladies and gents thanks for the live update.
The aforementioned council officer is very pleased to have been described as "well dressed" and is now telling everyone about it.
The overall turnout in 2012 was 32%, so that's well above the average
44% turnout in Smithills and Heaton/Lostock is "very high", according to one well dressed council officer
We've got some turnout information here:
Horwich and Blackrod 35%
Heaton and Lostock 44%
Horwich North East 37%
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor 38%
Westhoughton South 33%
Here's a view of the counting hall at the arena. He knows how to take a photo does our man Nigel.
Thanks vixlou... it's the thought that counts
If you're reading this in the morning, by the way, it would've been much more interesting if you'd read it live last night.
All this talk of food, and here we have a pie that we cannot eat. At least not yet, anyway... because this is a ceremonial pie. It belongs to Elaine (our politics reporter - keep up), and she will be using it later as a literal pie chart to demonstrate how the voting has gone. Stay with us for this exciting development.
Almost finished verification here in #Bolton #LE2014. Counting should begin very soon.— @boltoncouncil 23 May 2014
Cliff Morris and Linda Thomas surveying their realm at the Halliwell count. Neither of them are up for election tonight, so they're safe. Leader and deputy leader, respectively, for anyone who doesn't know.
I'm slightly biased here because I'm starving.
I've just heard a rumour that staff at the cafe could've worked longer, but refused the overtime. Controversy on election night already and they haven't even started the count proper yet.
The cafe has now closed... and the count hasn't even started. Many people in the queue are RAGING.
Tell us... and don't lie. We'll find out.*
*We won't really find out. We're not the KGB.
The Lib Dems have more chance of controlling the European parliament than I have of getting a drink at the cafe. The queue is longer than the European election voting slip.
Cafe closing in four minutes and I have no food or drink yet. This is a disaster.
Sean Harriss is updating again. We're getting towards the end of the verification process, he says.
Both the Tories and Labour think that what people have been telling them while doing door-to-door canvassing has not translated into votes. They believe that people have been telling them they're gonna vote for them, then secretly going off and voting UKIP.
Could this be UKIP's night? All the pointers seem to indicate yes at the moment.
Some interesting vote reasoning from Reality50...
Stay with us jellbellkell... it's exciting stuff here.
12:13am Fri 23 May 14
Mr Nick says
Enjoying the coverage - stay strong! Not sure about predictions, but I wouldn't expect any enormous changes tonight. Good that turnout's up though!
UKIP, UKIP, UKIP - it's all anyone's been talking about recently. UKIP this, UKIP that... don't you wish the media would stop banging on about UKIP. Oh, hang on... what am I doing?
The word on the street is that the UKIP vote has been very strong in a number of wards.
Here's another gratuitous picture of ballot boxes arriving, and, below, an even more gratuitous video.
Some people here haven't just been drinking tea, from what I can gather.
Massive queue for the cafe, so knocking that on the head straight away.
I was handed some vouchers for refreshments earlier, and apparently the cafe closes at 1am, so it's time to tuck in.
Apparently the large European voting slips are causing problems - because they're so big, they take longer to count, it seems.
We're between two thirds to three quarters of the way through the verification process, Sean Harriss tells us. When that's finished there will be a 10-20 minute break while they check on the European voting verification process with the rest of Greater Manchester.
More ballot boxes arriving
When I voted earlier, I was told to fold my ballot paper up as many times as possible so it would fit in the box. As you may or may not know, it is impossible to fold a piece of paper in half more than seven times, no matter how big it is. Try it if you don't believe me.
Apparently they've also had to send out more ballot boxes today, which could be because loads of people voting... or it could just be because the European voting form was absolutely massive. It was at least 12 inches long. That's big. I'm trying to think of something of a similar size to compare it to, but I can't.
Sean Harriss was giving us stats earlier. Early indications show that the turnout is up compared to 2012, where it was 32%. They've taken lots of calls at the Bolton Council offices today from people asking where to go and vote.
They could've just looked on our website, I hasten to add.
Don't set that alarm Emmalou... stay with us!
This election count is currently the most read story on Newsquest's network of about 150 local papers across the UK*.
*In the three minutes since midnight when figures are measured from.
As we're impartial here at Bolton News towers, feel free to drink Monster, Rockstar, Relentless, Jolt Cola. The choice is yours. I feel there is a metaphor here somewhere.
They have all the ballot boxes in and they're making "good and steady progress". This is according to Sean Harriss, the council chief executive and returning officer tonight. He reckons we're about an hour away from the first result. Drink some Red Bull.
Randolf Litler is supporting UKIP tonight. Any relation?
I remember the days when people used to vote for the party they actually wanted to get in. Crazy.
Sean Hornby - hi Sean! - thinks there will be a lot of "protest" voting going on tonight.
I'm not over-hyping it here, am I?
In all seriousness, some of the other councils have a reputation for restricting access to stuff. Not so here, so expect good stuff.
Richard from BBC Radio Manchester tells me that Bolton is the best count in Greater Manchester. It's official.
Here are some people counting. There'll be a lot of this happening tonight.
If anyone has any predictions for results tonight, let us know in the comments below, then we'll praise/ridicule you accordingly later when the results come in.
Some pictures coming shortly. Our photographer Nigel has been snapping happy.
Sunderland council has apparently declared a result already. Those crazy north-easterners... you never know what they're gonna do next. We're a way off the first result here in Bolton, I'm told.
Ok, folks... some of you might be thinking about going to bed... but don't. This is the place to be right now. It's election night. It's here. It's happening. This is exciting. Stay with us and be first with the news.
Among those defending seats this year are Labour bigwigs are Cllr Sufrana Bashir Ismail (cabinet member for public health) standing in Crompton and Cllr Nick Peel (cabinet member for the environment) in Tonge with the Haulgh
In other news Julian (ie the cavalry) has arrived!!
So - let's run through the basics. There's 21 seats up for election this year - 14 Labour, 6 Conservative and one a Liberal Democrat. There should have only been 20 seats, but as reported in The Bolton News Lindsey Kell of Horwich and Blackrod has stepped down this year
Evening all and welcome to the live blog covering this year's local elections. We're settling it at Bolton Arena, where the count of the European ballots is taking place. However, we're not going to get a result for those until Sunday