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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.

Results from Sefton Council

Labour took control of Sefton Council - the first time the borough has been controlled by a single party.

It increased its number of councillors by eight and successfully defended seven of its own seats.

One of the surprise results was in Blundellsands, where Conservative group leader Cllr Paula Parry lost to Labour's Veronica Bennett.

The results in full:

  • Labour: 15 seats (48%)
  • Liberal Democrats: 6 seats (19%)
  • Conservatives: 1 seat (17%)
  • UKIP: no seats (2%)
  • The Green Party: no seats (2%)
  • Independent: no seats (less than 1%)
  • Trades Unionists and Socialists Against the Cuts: no seats (less than 1%)

Turnout was 33%.


Leader Manchester City Council - 'delighted'

I'm absolutely delighted. It's been a tremendous night for Labour. We have a clean sweep for the second time in successive years - a very clear message from a electorate that they have confidence in what Manchester Labour has been doing for the city - and a very clear message from the Manchester electorate that they don't like what the coalition Government are doing and in particular they don't like what the Liberal Democrats are doing in propping up the coalition.

– Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council
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