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The local county council elections are taking place across Cumbria.

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Talks over political make up for Cumbria County Council

Talks are to take place next week between the Labour group and other parties after Thursday's election led to it securing the biggest number of seats at county level in Cumbria.

It's expected that a deal will be done ahead of the first full council meeting of the new administration on 16 May.

A new leader of the authority and details on the make up of the administration will have to be agreed.

Labour are the biggest party in the county with 35 seats; the Conservatives have 26 and the Liberal Democrats 16.

The remaining seven seats went to independents and other parties.

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Almost a third turnout for elections

Almost a third of voters turned out for the local county council elections held across Cumbria yesterday (2nd May).

Turnout figures show that 32.1% attended the polling stations across the county.

South Laklenad came out on top with 39.8% of people in the district voting, closely followed by Allerdale (34.4%), and Eden (32.4%).

Turnout in Carlisle was 30.6% and in Copeland it was 27.2%.

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Let the voting begin

Voters across Cumbria have begun voting in the local county council elections.

The polling stations opened at 7am and will remain open until 10pm this evening (2nd May).

All 84 seats are being contested on Cumbria County Council, where the Conservatives and Labour have been sharing power for the last four years.

The result of the vote is expected on Friday afternoon.

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