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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.
Lab No change
Lab 27, LD 1, Green 1, Lib 1
Lab gain 10, LD lose 9, Ind lose 1
New council: Lab 73, LD 10, Lib 3, Green 2, Ind 1, Vacant 1
The Salford mayoral election goes to a second round. It's Labour Vs the Conservatives.
The Labour Party have made big gains in the North West after yesterday's local elections. They have taken control of some of our councils - as well as winning the race to be the first Mayor of Liverpool, as Ben Schofield reports.
Lab No change
Lab 9, C 3
Lab gain 5, C lose 5
New council: Lab 23, C 9, Ind 3
Blackburn with Darwen
Lab 16, Cons 4, LD 2
Lab gain 7, Cons lose 3, Ind lose 3, LD lose 1
New council: Lab 45, Cons 14, LD 5