LiveLive blog: Bury Council election results count

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  • Live updates from Bury Council's local election count.
  • Reporters Tui Benjamin and Andrew Bardsley will bring you all the results and action from the election count as it happens.


It's all over folks, and the last of the politicians have scarpered. See here for our brief round up:


Labour gained three seats in all: two from the Tories and one from the Lib Dems. 


Finally, the Pilkington Park result: Cllr Bernie Vincent loses his seat - another Labour gain for John Mallon, who got 1168 to Vincent's 1149. Curati (Green) 118, Davison (Lib Dem) 102, Parkinson (UKIP) 392. 


St Mary's result: The Lib Dems lose their second Cllr, Donal O'Hanlon. Labour's Eamonn O'Brien steals the seat with 1,381 votes to O'Hanlon's 1,008. Deville (Green) 258, Ormrod (Con) 500.


Holyrood result: despite poor Lib Dem performance elsewhere, Lib Dem leader Tim Pickstone holds his seat with 1,800 votes. Preston (Lab) 1,458, Shah (Con) 315. Almost 42% turnout, 69 spoilt.


Radcliffe North result: Cllr Jane Lewis wins with 1,480 votes. Not far behind her was Curran (Con) with 1,005, then Southworth (Green) 361 and Rew (Lib Dem) 168. Turnout 34.79%. 


Radcliffe West result: an easy win for Cllr Rishi Shori. 1,361 votes for him. Dillon (Green) 303, Islam (Lib Dem) 62, Rothwell (Con) 619. Turnout the lowest we've heard so far, 27.7%. There were 35 void ballots. 


Ramsbottom result: Conservatives hold, Ian Bevan takes 1,710 votes. Barker (UKIP) 574, D'Albert (Lib Dem) 33, Heath (Green) 115, Southworth (Lab) 1,206. Turnout 40.55%, 16 spoilt. 


Turnout was 32.21% in Moorside and there were 16 spoilt ballots. 


Moorside result: Cllr Walmsley easily retains seat, 1,495 votes went her way. Afilal (Con) 469, Beckett (Green) 155, Hagan (UKIP) 756.


Sedgley result: incumbent Cllr Alan Quinn holds his seat, to loud cheers, with resounding 1,903 votes. Laing (Green) 307, Lewis (Con) 750, Wright (Lib Dem) 340. Turnout 38.4%.


So far Labour hold five, gain one. Conservatives hold three. 


Besses result: Labour retain with new Cllr Mary Whitby, she got 1,313 votes. Day (Con) 479, Heath (Green) 172, Middleton (Lib Dem) 127, Morris (Eng Dems) 412. Turnout 30.57%, 18 spoilt ballots. 


Unsworth result: Labour keep control with new Cllr Paul Adams. He got 1,379 and people are now singing happy birthday to him! Cowan (Con) 745, Evans (UKIP) 583, Middleton (Lib Dem) 77, Morris (Eng Dems) 102. Turnout 39.41%. 


Radcliffe East result: Cllr Nick Parnell keeps his seat easily with 1,299 votes. Davies (Con) 763, Haydock (Green) 368, O'Hanlon (Lib Dem) 93. Turnout 30%, 40 spoilt ballots. 


Turnout for Tottington ward 39.34%. 


Recount for Pilkington Park.


Tottington result: a close one. Tory leader Iain Gartside keeps his seat by a whisker. He got 1295 seats, Judith Kelly (Lab) 1019, Shannon (Green) 109, Foss (Lib Dem) 88, Southworth (UKIP) 605.


Just to backtrack a little, North Manor turnout was 43.8%. Elton 37.15%.


Elton result: Sarah Kerrison, Labour, ousts Michael Hankey, Conservative. A Labour gain. She got 1153 votes, Hankey 1075, Kerby (UKIP) 726, Southworth (159) Garner (Lib Dem) 93.


North Manor result: Cllr Baly wins easily with 1,781 votes. Arthur (Lib Dem) 137, Heath (Green) 221, Kay (UKIP) 583, Treadgold (Lab) 816.


Redvales result: Incumbent Cllr Tamoor Tariq wins by an easy majority. 1,691 to Brison (Green) 168, Harling (UKIP) 820, Lloyd-Johnson (Lib Dem) 107, McBriar (Con) 521. Turnout 38%.


Church ward result: Susan Nuttall remains Cllr for Church with 1,944, McAnulty (Lab) 1,216, Neill (Green) 309 and Garner (Lib Dem) 105.


Total votes cast 2,714 with 16 spoilt. Turnout 33.19%. 


East ward result: Trevor Holt, the incumbent Cllr for East, wins with 1,494 votes. Keely (Con) 384,Mahmood (UKIP) 682, Stewart (Green) 137.


Mike Kelly now calling on candidates and counting agents for East ward. 


Elton candidates called over to the corner of the room. Announcement has to be soon. 


Mike Kelly has not yet announced any ward. Cllr James Frith has tweeted that Labour's Sarah Kerrison has won Elton, however.


- this has not yet been announced. 


That is made up of 42,053 ballots plus 19,188 postal votes. 


Mike Kelly: turnout 42.97% turnout for European elections. In total 61,241 ballots. 


The guys doing the live streaming appear to have broken out a few arty panoramic shots. Good to get an overview. 



 Couple of Bury's friendly bobbies giving the floor a quick patrol. Some of the only relaxed-looking faces I can see at the moment. 


The same table has just fallen for the second time. Could be a metaphor for something? More than a few people jumped then I think. 


It has been an hour since the Bury North count began. Hearing whispers Rammy could be soon. 


Just a recap if Elton is first: Conservative Cllr Michael Hankey is up against Lib Dem Andrew Garner, UKIP Graeme Kerby, Labour Sarah Kerrison and Green Julie Southworth.



East ward counters also looking like they might be nearly done. 


We've heard the Elton result is imminent. 


A lot of pacing being done here. Can see a few nervous faces from the press gallery.


Madam Mayor Cllr Sharon Briggs is here, wearing her mayoral chain but no party rosette. The mayoralty changes to Bury's first independent mayor, Michelle Wiseman, next month. 


Other husband-and-wife candidates include incumbent Lib Dem Cllr Donal O'Hanlon, St Mary's ward, and his wife Joanne O'Hanlon, who is standing in Radcliffe East against Cllr Nick Parnell. 


Spotted: Tim Pickstone. Just arrived. Bury North MP David Nuttall has left, to return later he says. Bury South MP Ivan Lewis still holding the fort. David's wife Sue Nuttall is up for reelection in Church ward. 


Radcliffe East Cllr Nick Parnell is also not present, due to being in hospital so I'm told. Get well soon Nick. 


Still no sign of Lib Dem leader Tim Pickstone, who is contesting Holyrood.



Count now underway for Bury South also. Completely different atmosphere here now; much quieter, cllrs standing anxiously over counters. 


Tamoor Tariq, Bury's youngest cllr, is up for reelection in the Redvales ward. Among those standing against him is Conservative candidate Luis McBriar, another youngster. 


Counting for Tottington and Elton momentarily halted by a loud bang - not to worry, only a table falling over. Not one of the ones ballots were being counted on either. 



Mike Kelly announces count for Bury North to start now, still some verification going on for Bury South wards.


Speaking to cllr mike Connolly, labour leader, who says it is too tight to call at the moment. 


It looks as though counting is ready to start in a few wards, but not everywhere




Iain Gartside is defending Tottington ward, Tim Pickstone Holyrood, Jane Lewis Radcliffe North and Rishi Shori Radcliffe West. 


A few Labour cabinet names are also up for reelection - Rishi Shori, member for health, housing and adult care and Jane Lewis, member for leisure, tourism and culture. 


Among those defending their seats are Conservative leader Iain Gartside and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Pickstone. 


Two current Labour cllrs, Ken Audin, who represented Besses, and Ann Audin, ward cllr for Unsworth, are not seeking reelection. 


Nine incumbent Labour cllrs, six Conservatives (almost half their 13 total seats in the council) and both Bury's Lib Dem cllrs are standing. 


UKIP fielded nine candidates and the English Democrats two.


Labour and the Tories have both contested all 17 seats available, with the Lib Dems and the Greens standing 15 candidates each. 


This is also the first year Bury Council has provided a live stream of the count to watch online. This is something they've been doing at council meetings since December 2012.


This is the first year the count has taken place the day after polling, rather than on the night as is customary. 


The basics - one third of Bury's 51 council seats, 17 wards, were up for election yesterday. A total of 75 candidates stood across the borough.


Correction - it's still verification at the moment, counting not expected to start for another hour  


Counting well underway now, MPs Ivan Lewis and David Nuttall are both in attendance. 



Morning all. We're ready for some election count action here. Stay with us this afternoon to find out all the news first.


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