Bolton Council local and European election count live blog 2014

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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

5:22am

Thanks for following folks. It's been emotional. Now go to bed. Or get up. Meh.

4:45am

To recap - get the full overview here.

4:44am

The Bolton News:

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."

4:41am

The Bolton News:

Diane Parkinson celebrates taking Hulton ward from Tory Andy Morgan.

4:40am

The Bolton News:

Nick Peel celebrates holding Tonge with the Haulgh for Labour.

4:39am

The Bolton News:

Former Conservative councillor Andy Morgan looking very dejected as he loses his seat to UKIP in Hulton.

4:38am

The Bolton News:

Noel Spencer celebrating holding Farnworth for Labour despite (or maybe because of) dressing like Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty.

4:31am

Feed the Goat - Sean Harkin's seat was not up this time

4:30am

Anyone wondering about the European election results - we won't get them until Sunday. Watch this space.

4:28am

4:12am

Full results here, being updated as we speak...

4:05am

4:02am

The pie might have to wait until tomorrow

4:00am

Will bring you some reaction soon. We'll be kicked out in half an hour.

4:00am

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.

3:55am

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.

3:53am

LAst one now... Westhoughton North and Chew Moor

3:52am

Smithills:

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.

3:51am

Lib dem seat - this will be interesting

3:51am

Smithills now

3:51am

Oh go on... let's make it an 8.

3:50am

Yeah, not bad Sean. I'll give you a 7 out of 10.

3:50am

And he's thanking the media for their help covering it. And he wants us to say what a great returning officer he is.

3:50am

And this is a "testament to the effectiveness of local democracy"

3:49am

Round of applause for them

3:49am

And the council staff at all levels

3:48am

Sean Harriss is thanking the police for their help

3:46am

Again, a solid result for Greens there.

3:46am

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.

3:44am

Two councillors to be elected here - two seats available. So the two highest votes will get them.

3:43am

Horwich and Blackrod next...

3:43am

Little Lever and Darcy lever is the first UKIP council seat in Greater Manchester ever, apparently.

3:42am

Rumworth:

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.

3:37am

361 for David Wilkinson in Westhoughton South - sorry missed that one somehow earlier

3:36am

Could be some disappointed UKIP supporters there

3:35am

Farnworth:

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

3:34am

Farnworth now. This could be interesting

3:34am

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.

3:31am

Could that be anything to do with this publicity stunt? Probably not.

3:30am

Bradshaw

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

3:28am

That's a massive blow for the Tories

3:28am

Hulton:

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

3:26am

Interesting result there in Westhoughton South. David Wilkson is one of the most vocal councillors Bolton has seen

3:25am

Westhoughton South:

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

3:23am

There was a loud female whoop after that one, which I assume was from Lynda. Congratulations to her.

3:23am

Breightmet

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

3:21am

UKIP have scored their first seat on Bolton Council

3:20am

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

3:19am

Former Conservative leader John Walsh holds it, reasonalby narrowly. Closest one yet.

 

3:18am

Astley Bridge:

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

3:15am

Astley Bridge next

3:13am

Great Lever:

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

3:12am

Great lever now

3:11am

Bromley Cross:

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.

3:09am

Bromley cross now

3:06am

And UKIP are second again. I see a pattern developing here.

3:06am

Harper Green

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

3:04am

Harper Green on stage now

3:04am

Great Lever being summoned

3:04am

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

 

3:03am

Horwich north east now

3:02am

UKIP second again though.

3:02am

Halliwell:

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.

3:00am

Let's see if anyone voted for the noisy neighbour

3:00am

Halliwell ward next. Zaman holds if for Labour at the moment...

2:59am

Let's see what happens...

2:58am

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.

2:58am

UKIP have come second in all three Bolton Council results so far. Third in the Horwich Town Council by-election.

2:57am

Halliwell's been called provisionally, so that could be coming soon.

2:55am

Kearlsey:

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

2:54am

Of course it's all interesting. But you know that.

2:53am

If you've just joined us, this is the interesting bit.

2:53am

Apologies for any typos here - it's moving pretty quick now

2:53am

Kearsley next

2:52am

Crompton:

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

2:51am

Crompton next

2:50am

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

2:48am

Tonge now

2:48am

Close that

2:47am

Glen Carl Atkinson - LAB 355

Douglas Bagnall Lib Dem - 327

Peter MGeehan UKIP 310

 

Labour have got Claypool

 

 

2:46am

Horwich Claypool (town council) will be first, then Tonge with the Haulgh

2:46am

Results time...

2:44am

Lib Dem candidate for Crompton is being summoned.

2:43am

Well, I suppose we have, technically. But some of us would like to sleep at some point.

2:43am

Come on guys, sort it out. We haven't got all night.

2:43am

And Crompton ward candidates/agents being summoned again.

2:41am

Crompton ward candidates being summoned now

2:40am

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.

2:39am

Kearsley candidates and agents are also being summoned to the side of the room, so looks like that could be announced soon as well.

2:39am

Christine Flanagan stood down "because of work commitments"

2:37am

Nick is on the cabinet and is responsible for environmental services.

2:36am

So this could be interesting...

2:36am

That's Labour bigwig Cllr Nick Peel's seat

2:36am

Tonge with the Haulgh result is imminent

2:36am

waka flocks flame - we're not sure at the moment. We'll try to find out. Probably just to annoy.

2:34am

This was a by-election triggered by the resignation of Conservative councillor Christine Flanagan.

2:32am

Horwich Claypool ward is about to be announced. That's a Horwich Town Council ward, by the way, not Bolton Council.

2:30am

Bit late for that now...

2:30am

There is an anti-UKIP petition going around the hall, apparently.

2:27am

Lizii - we will definitely try to ask UKIP about gay weather control. Thanks for that.

2:25am

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."

2:24am

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.

2:23am

Successful candidates are being reminded that they will agree a date, either tomorrow or next week, to pledge an oath of allegiance.

2:21am

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.

2:20am

Sean Harriss is talking again. We're getting close to provsional results in one or two wards, apparently.

2:16am

And if we can't do that, we'll just make something up off the top of our heads.

2:16am

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask, and we'll try to put them to the parties.

2:15am

dreamy - the council do not decide which seats to put up. It's done on a rotational cyclical basis.

2:14am

This is Julian, by the way. Elaine might provide you with something more insightful later.

2:14am

UKIP are acting all casual.

2:13am

Mr Nick - they're staying tight lipped, but it's obvious that Labour and the Tories are nervous.

2:07am

Police are pacing about the floor. I can see at least one senior officer.

2:07am

That could just be his normal expression, mind

2:06am

Cllr John Walsh (Con - Astley Bridge) is grimacing as he watches the count

2:05am

UKIP looking good in Farnworth. It will be a massive shock if they're successful.

2:04am

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.

2:01am

1:39am Fri 23 May 14

mr.mark.c says

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.

1:56am

Lots of chatter before, but everyone's biting their lips now and peering anxiously at the tables.

1:55am

It's all gone very quiet in the hall now. A hush has descended. It's very tense.

1:55am

jellbellkell is asking when the final result will be. Council communication boss says: "I don't know". So there's your answer.

1:54am

No more turnout figures yet, dreamy. Will let you know when we get em.

1:53am

The Bolton News:

Here's former Conservative leader John Walsh looking pensive. His seat in Astley Bridge is on the line tonight.

1:51am

Sean Harriss has just warned photographers (both amateur and professional) not to take any pictures of actual ballot papers

1:49am

Regional returning officer has accepted the European election verification, so the count has now started. This is where it gets exciting.

1:39am

We're just really nosey, basically.

1:38am

And if you didn't vote for UKIP, tell us why not. We want to know that as well.

1:38am

We know there are some UKIP voters reading this. Tell us why you voted for them. We want to know.

1:37am

The Labour leader of Rotherham council has just lost his seat to UKIP, according to that Twitter.

1:36am

Sean Harriss is suggesting to people that now would be a good time to take a "comfort break". That's a euphemism.

1:35am

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.

1:32am

Not sure what it was. Someone probably dropped something. Hopefully not a ballot box full of papers.

1:31am

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

1:28am

1:24am Fri 23 May 14

dreamy21 says

lookin forward to the pie chart lol, great job tonight ladies and gents thanks for the live update.

1:27am

The aforementioned council officer is very pleased to have been described as "well dressed" and is now telling everyone about it.

1:27am

The overall turnout in 2012 was 32%, so that's well above the average

1:26am

44% turnout in Smithills and Heaton/Lostock is "very high", according to one well dressed council officer

1:24am

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%

Smithills 44%

Westhoughton South 33%

1:22am

The Bolton News:

Close up

1:21am

The Bolton News:

Here's a view of the counting hall at the arena. He knows how to take a photo does our man Nigel.

1:18am

Thanks vixlou... it's the thought that counts

1:17am

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.

1:17am

The Bolton News:

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.

1:13am

 

1:08am

The Bolton News:

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.

1:06am

I'm slightly biased here because I'm starving.

 

1:06am

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.

1:05am

The cafe has now closed... and the count hasn't even started. Many people in the queue are RAGING.

1:02am

Tell us... and don't lie. We'll find out.*



*We won't really find out. We're not the KGB.

1:00am

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.

12:56am

Cafe closing in four minutes and I have no food or drink yet. This is a disaster.

12:56am

Sean Harriss is updating again. We're getting towards the end of the verification process, he says.

12:55am

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.

12:53am

Some interesting vote reasoning from Reality50...

12:49am

Stay with us jellbellkell... it's exciting stuff here.

12:47am

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!

12:46am

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?

12:43am

The word on the street is that the UKIP vote has been very strong in a number of wards.

12:43am

The Bolton News:

Here's another gratuitous picture of ballot boxes arriving, and, below, an even more gratuitous video.

12:42am

Some people here haven't just been drinking tea, from what I can gather.

12:41am

Massive queue for the cafe, so knocking that on the head straight away.

12:35am

I was handed some vouchers for refreshments earlier, and apparently the cafe closes at 1am, so it's time to tuck in.

12:33am

Apparently the large European voting slips are causing problems - because they're so big, they take longer to count, it seems.

12:33am

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.

12:30am

The Bolton News:

More ballot boxes arriving

12:12am

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.

12:11am

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.

12:09am

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.

12:05am

Don't set that alarm Emmalou... stay with us!

12:04am

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.

12:01am

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.

11:59pm

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.

11:58pm

Announcement coming...

11:55pm

Randolf Litler is supporting UKIP tonight. Any relation?

11:52pm

I remember the days when people used to vote for the party they actually wanted to get in. Crazy.

11:51pm

Sean Hornby - hi Sean! - thinks there will be a lot of "protest" voting going on tonight.

11:49pm

I'm not over-hyping it here, am I?

11:49pm

In all seriousness, some of the other councils have a reputation for restricting access to stuff. Not so here, so expect good stuff.

11:47pm

Richard from BBC Radio Manchester tells me that Bolton is the best count in Greater Manchester. It's official.

11:45pm

The Bolton News:

Here are some people counting. There'll be a lot of this happening tonight.

11:36pm

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.

11:33pm

Some pictures coming shortly. Our photographer Nigel has been snapping happy.

11:24pm

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.

11:19pm

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.

11:13pm

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

11:08pm

In other news Julian (ie the cavalry) has arrived!!

11:07pm

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

11:05pm

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

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11:35pm Thu 22 May 14

Randolf Litler !!! says...

Come on UKIP, don't disappoint us :-)
Come on UKIP, don't disappoint us :-) Randolf Litler !!!
  • Score: -14

11:44pm Thu 22 May 14

Sean-Hornby says...

I suspect a lot of protest voting tonight. Over last couple of days the mood of people changed so much.
I suspect a lot of protest voting tonight. Over last couple of days the mood of people changed so much. Sean-Hornby
  • Score: -6

11:53pm Thu 22 May 14

Sean-Hornby says...

Totally agree may come down to count shortly
Totally agree may come down to count shortly Sean-Hornby
  • Score: -1

11:56pm Thu 22 May 14

emmalou81 says...

What time do you think the votes will be in?? I'm in bed waiting patiently haaa
What time do you think the votes will be in?? I'm in bed waiting patiently haaa emmalou81
  • Score: -2

12:01am Fri 23 May 14

emmalou81 says...

Haa might just set my alarm for in an hour!!
Haa might just set my alarm for in an hour!! emmalou81
  • Score: -2

12:03am Fri 23 May 14

waka flocks flame says...

Randolf Litler !!! wrote:
Come on UKIP, don't disappoint us :-)
Randolf Litler supporting UKIP and UKIP don't understand why they are perceived as racist.
[quote][p][bold]Randolf Litler !!![/bold] wrote: Come on UKIP, don't disappoint us :-)[/p][/quote]Randolf Litler supporting UKIP and UKIP don't understand why they are perceived as racist. waka flocks flame
  • Score: 6

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!
Enjoying the coverage - stay strong! Not sure about predictions, but I wouldn't expect any enormous changes tonight. Good that turnout's up though! Mr Nick
  • Score: 1

12:16am Fri 23 May 14

Randolf Litler !!! says...

waka flocks flame wrote:
Randolf Litler !!! wrote:
Come on UKIP, don't disappoint us :-)
Randolf Litler supporting UKIP and UKIP don't understand why they are perceived as racist.
Well i got a leaflet through my door this morning.

it said "people like you vote UKIP"

how did they know i'm an ignorant racist :-)
[quote][p][bold]waka flocks flame[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Randolf Litler !!![/bold] wrote: Come on UKIP, don't disappoint us :-)[/p][/quote]Randolf Litler supporting UKIP and UKIP don't understand why they are perceived as racist.[/p][/quote]Well i got a leaflet through my door this morning. it said "people like you vote UKIP" how did they know i'm an ignorant racist :-) Randolf Litler !!!
  • Score: 8

12:36am Fri 23 May 14

jellbellkell says...

Eyes sleepy
Eyes sleepy jellbellkell
  • Score: 2

12:41am Fri 23 May 14

Reality50 says...

I don't fully trust UKIP but at least they don't have a track record of lying unlike the Labour Party so they got my vote today. The Farnworth mosque outrage was the last straw for me. My big wish is next year when i hope everyone will vote tactically in Bolton SE to get Qureshi out.
I don't fully trust UKIP but at least they don't have a track record of lying unlike the Labour Party so they got my vote today. The Farnworth mosque outrage was the last straw for me. My big wish is next year when i hope everyone will vote tactically in Bolton SE to get Qureshi out. Reality50
  • Score: -3

12:54am Fri 23 May 14

liziii says...

Ah yes, UKIP. The party that doesn't lie, but thinks that the gays control the weather.
Why wouldn't you want them in power, I mean really.
Ah yes, UKIP. The party that doesn't lie, but thinks that the gays control the weather. Why wouldn't you want them in power, I mean really. liziii
  • Score: 0

12:59am Fri 23 May 14

Reality50 says...

It wasn't so much that the mosque was passed,it was the fact the planning meeting was without sufficient warning and a total refusal by the council to listen to objectors or to defer the decision. It said everything about the lack of democracy and behind closed door mentality of this council. At the very least,the mosque issue should have been deferred.
It wasn't so much that the mosque was passed,it was the fact the planning meeting was without sufficient warning and a total refusal by the council to listen to objectors or to defer the decision. It said everything about the lack of democracy and behind closed door mentality of this council. At the very least,the mosque issue should have been deferred. Reality50
  • Score: 13

1:07am Fri 23 May 14

dreamy21 says...

Fed up with council cannot believe a three storey mosque will be built in farnworth! "fantastic landmark". No it's not in keeping with the area. Guess what labour counsellors my household has voted UKIP. You should have deferred your decision.
Fed up with council cannot believe a three storey mosque will be built in farnworth! "fantastic landmark". No it's not in keeping with the area. Guess what labour counsellors my household has voted UKIP. You should have deferred your decision. dreamy21
  • Score: 4

1:08am Fri 23 May 14

vixlou says...

I'd have brought you a brew and a butty... If I wasn't tucked up in bed!
I'd have brought you a brew and a butty... If I wasn't tucked up in bed! vixlou
  • Score: -4

1:24am Fri 23 May 14

dreamy21 says...

lookin forward to the pie chart lol, great job tonight ladies and gents thanks for the live update.
lookin forward to the pie chart lol, great job tonight ladies and gents thanks for the live update. dreamy21
  • Score: 4

1:39am Fri 23 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

So many people voting, so many wasted votes, Labour are still in control as they didnt put any unsafe seats up for election.
So many people voting, so many wasted votes, Labour are still in control as they didnt put any unsafe seats up for election. mr.mark.c
  • Score: -11

1:43am Fri 23 May 14

jellbellkell says...

1:37am

The Labour leader of Rotherham council has just lost his seat to UKIP, according to that Twitter.

Lol at that twitter !! 😁 how long do you guys think it will take, For final result ?
Yawwwwwm 😑
1:37am The Labour leader of Rotherham council has just lost his seat to UKIP, according to that Twitter. Lol at that twitter !! 😁 how long do you guys think it will take, For final result ? Yawwwwwm 😑 jellbellkell
  • Score: -1

1:49am Fri 23 May 14

dreamy21 says...

are there anymore turnout figures available yet?
are there anymore turnout figures available yet? dreamy21
  • Score: 2

1:56am Fri 23 May 14

Mr Nick says...

Any analysis of the mood amongst the different parties at the count, Elaine?
Any analysis of the mood amongst the different parties at the count, Elaine? Mr Nick
  • Score: 2

2:12am Fri 23 May 14

dreamy21 says...

Only put up safe seats! Don't think farnworth is a safe seat. Lets see
Only put up safe seats! Don't think farnworth is a safe seat. Lets see dreamy21
  • Score: 0

2:19am Fri 23 May 14

liziii says...

you should ask the ukip rep how they feel about gay weather control
you should ask the ukip rep how they feel about gay weather control liziii
  • Score: -2

2:27am Fri 23 May 14

Mr Nick says...

Is UKIP's increased share of the vote a result of its European policy, or just a broad desire to 'punish' the other parties?
Is UKIP's increased share of the vote a result of its European policy, or just a broad desire to 'punish' the other parties? Mr Nick
  • Score: -1

2:29am Fri 23 May 14

jellbellkell says...

2:25am

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."

Sounds like the senior L figure is stirring it !!
2:25am 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." Sounds like the senior L figure is stirring it !! jellbellkell
  • Score: -6

2:32am Fri 23 May 14

waka flocks flame says...

Anti-UKIP petition? With what aim?
Anti-UKIP petition? With what aim? waka flocks flame
  • Score: -2

2:35am Fri 23 May 14

waka flocks flame says...

Why did Christine Flanagan resign for political or personal reasons?
Why did Christine Flanagan resign for political or personal reasons? waka flocks flame
  • Score: -1

2:47am Fri 23 May 14

dreamy21 says...

llI am disgusted to read that there is anti UKIP petition in the counting hal this is a democratic country and the peoples voices can only be heard when we vote. As for living side by side in harmony yes some areas do and have a great communtiy spirit however others don't and maybe the xouncil shoulf look at themselves as they have clearly caused a huge divide in farnworth which needn't have been there at all, by just having sensible planning. We are not apposed to a new mosque but come on three storeys and a landmark thanks. Finally what have you done for farnwoerth town centre and then our community college is shutting down. Nevermind our Christmas light! Thanks s labour for looking after farnworth and splitting our community
llI am disgusted to read that there is anti UKIP petition in the counting hal this is a democratic country and the peoples voices can only be heard when we vote. As for living side by side in harmony yes some areas do and have a great communtiy spirit however others don't and maybe the xouncil shoulf look at themselves as they have clearly caused a huge divide in farnworth which needn't have been there at all, by just having sensible planning. We are not apposed to a new mosque but come on three storeys and a landmark thanks. Finally what have you done for farnwoerth town centre and then our community college is shutting down. Nevermind our Christmas light! Thanks s labour for looking after farnworth and splitting our community dreamy21
  • Score: -9

3:13am Fri 23 May 14

Reality50 says...

I see the Muslim block vote has been successful in Crompton and Halliwell. What is evident elsewhere is how close UKIP are getting to Labour. Close but not close enough. Farnworth could go to UKIP as the mosque issue has been a huge issue. If nothing else,UKIP have made a mark tonight and Labour will be worried in the General Election next year in Bolton. The 3 Bolton Labour MP's seats will not be as secure as they may have thought. What is evident too,is a vote for the Tories or Lib Dem is a wasted vote in Bolton in next years GE..
I see the Muslim block vote has been successful in Crompton and Halliwell. What is evident elsewhere is how close UKIP are getting to Labour. Close but not close enough. Farnworth could go to UKIP as the mosque issue has been a huge issue. If nothing else,UKIP have made a mark tonight and Labour will be worried in the General Election next year in Bolton. The 3 Bolton Labour MP's seats will not be as secure as they may have thought. What is evident too,is a vote for the Tories or Lib Dem is a wasted vote in Bolton in next years GE.. Reality50
  • Score: -3

3:15am Fri 23 May 14

Reality50 says...

Add Great Lever now to the "block vote" list.
Add Great Lever now to the "block vote" list. Reality50
  • Score: -4

3:32am Fri 23 May 14

hcrompton says...

Big thanks to all the counters.
Big thanks to all the counters. hcrompton
  • Score: 7

3:33am Fri 23 May 14

Feed The Goat says...

How many votes did David Wilkinson get in Westhoughton South please? There's no number posted on your live feed.
How many votes did David Wilkinson get in Westhoughton South please? There's no number posted on your live feed. Feed The Goat
  • Score: 3

3:38am Fri 23 May 14

Feed The Goat says...

Thanks
Thanks Feed The Goat
  • Score: 5

3:46am Fri 23 May 14

hcrompton says...

Labour looks like they are leading. Do people think this will change next year with it being a general election? Higher turnouts? What do we think?
Labour looks like they are leading. Do people think this will change next year with it being a general election? Higher turnouts? What do we think? hcrompton
  • Score: 4

3:48am Fri 23 May 14

Reality50 says...

What is evident in many of these seats,Rumworth the fifth by my reckoning-is the ethnic vote is keeping Labour in power on the council. Without that,they would be seriously struggling. The stats back this up. UKIP at least win a seat and they ran Labour close in Farnworth. It's a matter of time maybe 3-4 years until these Labour seats like Farnworth and Little Lever fall to UKIP. Rotherham has shown the way tonight and towns like Bolton will follow.
What is evident in many of these seats,Rumworth the fifth by my reckoning-is the ethnic vote is keeping Labour in power on the council. Without that,they would be seriously struggling. The stats back this up. UKIP at least win a seat and they ran Labour close in Farnworth. It's a matter of time maybe 3-4 years until these Labour seats like Farnworth and Little Lever fall to UKIP. Rotherham has shown the way tonight and towns like Bolton will follow. Reality50
  • Score: 9

3:54am Fri 23 May 14

Reality50 says...

hcrompton wrote:
Labour looks like they are leading. Do people think this will change next year with it being a general election? Higher turnouts? What do we think?
Basically next year in Bolton will see a straight UKIP v Labour shoot out in the 3 Bolton Westminster seats. Labour can rely on the ethnic vote but that may not be enough in general elections. Certainly Tories in Bolton next year at the GE,need to switch to UKIP as voting Tory will be a wasted vote.
[quote][p][bold]hcrompton[/bold] wrote: Labour looks like they are leading. Do people think this will change next year with it being a general election? Higher turnouts? What do we think?[/p][/quote]Basically next year in Bolton will see a straight UKIP v Labour shoot out in the 3 Bolton Westminster seats. Labour can rely on the ethnic vote but that may not be enough in general elections. Certainly Tories in Bolton next year at the GE,need to switch to UKIP as voting Tory will be a wasted vote. Reality50
  • Score: 2

3:58am Fri 23 May 14

hcrompton says...

Sean Harrissssssssssssss the councils very own ssssssssnake. 200k per year. Oh well I suppose staying up this late once a year warrants this propostorous salary whilst other workers are struggling on the breadline. PATHETIC!!!!!!!!
Sean Harrissssssssssssss the councils very own ssssssssnake. 200k per year. Oh well I suppose staying up this late once a year warrants this propostorous salary whilst other workers are struggling on the breadline. PATHETIC!!!!!!!! hcrompton
  • Score: 5

4:07am Fri 23 May 14

Feed The Goat says...

Hello Elaine and Julian, thanks for your coverage tonight. Please can you clarify whether Sean Harkin ran for any local seats? You ran a story a couple of days ago saying there had been complaints about him being a Westhoughton Councillor as, he lives (mostly) in Cumbria. Does his absence from tonights lists mean he now doesn't have to consider the question of resignation?
Hello Elaine and Julian, thanks for your coverage tonight. Please can you clarify whether Sean Harkin ran for any local seats? You ran a story a couple of days ago saying there had been complaints about him being a Westhoughton Councillor as, he lives (mostly) in Cumbria. Does his absence from tonights lists mean he now doesn't have to consider the question of resignation? Feed The Goat
  • Score: 0

4:36am Fri 23 May 14

Feed The Goat says...

Thanks
Thanks Feed The Goat
  • Score: 4

9:52am Fri 23 May 14

TheOneTrueWord says...

So Mohammed Ayub for Labour kept his seat in Great Lever with 2420 votes… I wonder what kind of people voted for him then!

The guy can’t even run a post office (Crescent Road) without making endless errors and mistakes – how on earth can he be a local councillor is beyond me!
So Mohammed Ayub for Labour kept his seat in Great Lever with 2420 votes… I wonder what kind of people voted for him then! The guy can’t even run a post office (Crescent Road) without making endless errors and mistakes – how on earth can he be a local councillor is beyond me! TheOneTrueWord
  • Score: 10

10:49am Fri 23 May 14

Randolf Litler !!! says...

Reality50 says...
What is evident in many of these seats,Rumworth the fifth by my reckoning-is the ethnic vote is keeping Labour in power on the council.

100% Correct, what on earth has happened to our town and counry is beyond me, disgusting ;-(
Reality50 says... What is evident in many of these seats,Rumworth the fifth by my reckoning-is the ethnic vote is keeping Labour in power on the council. 100% Correct, what on earth has happened to our town and counry is beyond me, disgusting ;-( Randolf Litler !!!
  • Score: 4

11:19am Fri 23 May 14

Randolf Litler !!! says...

"Country"
"Country" Randolf Litler !!!
  • Score: -2

7:20pm Fri 23 May 14

laura bee says...

What happened to the literal pie chart???
What happened to the literal pie chart??? laura bee
  • Score: 0

7:59pm Fri 23 May 14

Julian Thorpe says...

laura bee wrote:
What happened to the literal pie chart???
I must confess... I ate the pie. We may still do something with in our analysis over the next few days, however.
[quote][p][bold]laura bee[/bold] wrote: What happened to the literal pie chart???[/p][/quote]I must confess... I ate the pie. We may still do something with in our analysis over the next few days, however. Julian Thorpe
  • Score: 2

8:42am Sat 24 May 14

Hotshot5 says...

Labour still took Farnworth despite the mosque protests? Sounded like a massive issue on BN. I guess not!
Labour still took Farnworth despite the mosque protests? Sounded like a massive issue on BN. I guess not! Hotshot5
  • Score: 2

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