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Apparentlly the council elections could be interesting.

lol

er,

so, anyone know which Councils were up for grabs?

Mostly rural English shire county councils - plus a few unitaries and Mayoral elections.

Labour appear to be doing very badly in Bristol - Lib Dems sweeping all before them.

Not much other news yet - only a few other places (Lincs, Herts, Beds) counting tonight. Most results will not appear until Friday afternoon.

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Copy and paste from Guido, don't know how reliable the source is:

"Tories have held Sleaford but are down 4% but the Lib Dem & Labour down by much more, seems Lincolnshire Independants & B£P have pick up most of the Lab/Lib Dem vote in Sleaford

and another gain in grantham, this time in Grantham South, with 47.7 percent of the vote

This from Con home..

Just back from count of the 6 Broxbourne divisions of Herts County council. Conservatives won all 6, Labour vote collapsed in all but 1 ward. B£P second in 4 divisions and a close third in hte other 2. Labour fell from 2nd to fourth in a number of wards. I don’t have the full figures available at present.

This not only going to be bad but its going to be a massacre."

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what about exit polls for local and Euro elections

not seen any

don't we normally get them straight after polling closes?

Not seen any either strangely. It's got to be absolutely awful for Labour though. UKIP probably doing well in Europe, BNP could pick up more council seats in England.

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Was surprised, thought we might have some graphics on the beeb n stuff to show the results,

dunno why the local stuff would take any more time than the general elections. The little old

lady organising looked like a volunteer and when she crossed my name off the hit list there

was a lot of names not crossed off.. tho there was a fair stream of people even at 8pm.

Never been in the place where I had to vote was interesting to see inside at the least.

Council in somerset I think would be a fight between Lib Dem and Tory.

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When this knave is no longer the usurper PM, when he thinks the public have forgotten - let us the people of this United Kingdom remind him of his treasonable knavish action in the signing of that despicable document 'The Lisbon Treaty' - drafted by foreignors but never accepted by the people of this kingdom.

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well that spoils all the fun

dam the bbc

still no results though

maybe no one voted? maybe everyone forgot to vote?

i wanna see labour tronced

They will be well and truly munted

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well that spoils all the fun

dam the bbc

still no results though

maybe no one voted? maybe everyone forgot to vote?

i wanna see labour tronced

Don't worry, Labour is ****.

Brown has turned the UK into a global laughing stock now.

Edited by MOP

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Labour getting murdered up in Lincolnshire, vote has collapsed and Tories making substantial gains. Tories up 14 so far, Labour down 13 seats and thats only 25 seats declared.

Tories 21 , labour 3, 1 IND.

Absolute wipeout

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Labour getting murdered up in Lincolnshire, vote has collapsed and Tories making substantial gains. Tories up 14 so far, Labour down 13 seats and thats only 25 seats declared.

Tories 21 , labour 3, 1 IND.

Absolute wipeout

Aww bless.*

* :lol::lol::lol:

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well it took 12 years of abuse but it seems the people of Britain have woken up to the fact that New Labour are a bunch of hoons.

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Lib Dems hail 'fantastic' victory as Labour loses control in Bristol

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/ju...ristol-election

The Liberal Democrats today took control of Bristol council as Labour suffered a terrible defeat in one of its former strongholds.

The party lost eight of the 10 seats it was defending, four of them to the Tories, who became the second biggest party on the city council.

The Lib Dems won the other four to ensure overall control of the authority.

To rub salt into the wounds, Labour came fourth in five wards, lagging behind its two main rivals and the Green party.

The British National party had a strong showing in some areas, coming third – ahead of the Liberal Democrats – in the St George East ward.

Labour's most high-profile casualty was Peter Hammond, who was the deputy leader of the Labour group and had served as a councillor for 30 years.

"I'm disappointed," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, the situation for the Labour party is largely down to the behaviour and antics of some people in the Labour party at national level."

Hammond said there was "disappointment and disgust" at the political process, adding that there was "disengagement or distance" between the party's hierarchy and the rank and file membership.

"I think results, as far as the Labour party are concerned, demonstrate this," he said. "That's not the Labour party that I first became a member of 39 years ago.

"I think the Labour party's got to reconnect both with its own membership and with the wider community. Losing local councillors who are a very important ingredient of that connection is a serious problem."

Dawn Primarolo, the public health minister and the MP for Bristol South, said: "Tonight is clearly disappointing – lots of good Labour councillors have lost their seats.

"It's undeniable that the voters are angry and it focused around the issues at Westminster and MPs' expenses.

"But from speaking to people on the doorstep, as I have, it's quite clear that people are saying we've got a prime minister who's got strength, determination and intelligence ... Gordon Brown will lead us out of this recession."

Barbara Janke, the Liberal Democrat leader of the council, hailed the party's victory as "absolutely fantastic".

"Wonderful news," she said. "We were cautiously optimistic but, of course, once you get the results through, it's great news. The electorate has given us a clear mandate for what they want out of the Liberal Democrats.

"They've shown us they want leadership. Now, with the majority rule, we feel we can give confidence to the city and the policies the electorate want."

Chris Jackson, a Labour councillor who was not standing this time, said he was relieved that his seat had not been up this year.

"I'm not happy at the results, obviously, but we're not really surprised," he said. My heart said we'd do OK, but my head said we wouldn't. We've borne the brunt of national politics. We've lost some good councillors because of events out of our control."

Jackson heard about James Purnell's resignation as he drove to the council house.

"That's not good," he said. "What's happening nationally is hurting us locally. I'm just hoping this is the lowest ebb and we'll be going back up from here."

Doug Naysmith, the Labour MP for Bristol North West, looked tired after a day on the doorstep fielding "unpleasant" comments about MPs' expenses.

"When the government's unpopular, people tend to punish whichever party that is at local elections," he said.

"I wish we could get our politics sorted out so people voted on local issues at local elections."

Naysmith did not appear overly confident that Brown would survive. "I hope we'll be able to establish some sensible form of coordination before too long," he added.

"I hope the prime minister will be able to do that, but it's a very fluid situation."

Helen Holland, the Labour group leader on the city council, was not keen to talk about Brown. "We've been very focused on the election," she said.

"We've made sure people were out there listening to people's concerns and the noises off, the background noises, probably don't have the effect people in London think they do when you get down to the local level."

She admitted it had been difficult to get as many activists out as she would have liked, but said she believed all the parties had struggled, adding: "It's been a difficult background to the elections."

Paul Smith, the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Bristol West constituency, said life would be simpler if there were no doubts swirling around Brown.

"It would be a lot easier if it wasn't going on," he said.

"To be honest, I don't even know if he'll be leader next week the way the situation is at the moment.

"What I want is a radical progressive Labour party that's doing well for the country and for it to be well led. Whether it's well led by Gordon Brown or someone else I'm not particularly bothered."

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