Labour kept control of councils across Merseyside - but the Liberal Democrats nearly doubled their showing on Liverpool City Council.
It was one of the closest watched election results in the country - the Conservatives have lost control of Trafford Council after 15 years.
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Seats on 25 councils will be decided today as England goes to the polls for the local elections. Voting closes at 10pm.
Our Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt looks ahead to Thursday's local elections. All eyes are on Trafford.