Local elections 2012

Voters across the region have taken to the polls for local elections.

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Local election round up

Labour are big victors with voters. The local elections saw Lib Dems lose seat after seat and the Conservatives fail to make much ground.

Labour gained councils from no overall control in Lancashire at Burnley, Chorley and Rossendale. On Merseyside they did the same on Sefton Council and in Wirral.

But while the local elections sent a clear message to the main political parties, the region's 3 mayoral votes were a more mixed picture.More on that in a moment after this report from our Political Correspondent Claire Ashforth.

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Election night 'punch up'

Police were forced to break up a late-night election count fracas in St Helen's.

A row broke out as Liberal Democrats in Labour-controlled St Helen's suffered a series of setbacks, leading to disappointment for the party's leader on the council, Brian Spencer who lost his seat.

According to witnesses at St Helen's Town Hall there was a confrontation between Mr Spencer and Labour candidate Mark Johnson, who fell across a table and landed on his mother.

It is understood police officers intervened, but no arrests were made.

Lib Dem councillor Michael Haw said Mr Spencer, the council's ex-opposition leader, was upset at losing his seat.

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