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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Local elections 2012

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