– Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council
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.
Voters across the region have taken to the polls for local elections.