I've just spoken to Hazel Blears. Didn't want to speak on camera but looked happy as she prepares to tell members news she's stepping down.
Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, is visiting Cleveleys for a question and answer session on the high street. He'll also be knocking on doors in the final week of the Lancashire election campaign.
Former prime minister Tony Blair has described Baroness Thatcher as "a towering political figure". He added:
Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast. And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.
Former Manchester Central MP Tony Lloyd has been elected Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner. The Labour candidate polled 51.23% of the votes.
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%.
Labour took control of Wirral Council on Merseyside.
The group gained seven seats in total, taking two from the Liberal Democrats and five from the Conservatives.
It means Labour now have 37 councillors, the Conservatives 22 and the Lib-Dems 7.