As I write I’m sitting in the balcony at the Guildhall, watching the first stages of the count for the local elections. The ballot papers for the European elections are also being ‘verified’, which means that the counting staff check that the right number are in each box, but the actual votes in the European elections won’t be counted until Sunday evening, after the polls have closed in other countries. However, the local election votes will be counted once the Euro verification is done, so we should get a result later on this evening.
We won’t know for sure until the early hours of the morning, but it still looks very much like Labour are set to win outright control of the city council, ending 14 years of Lib Dem rule. I’ll be posting further analysis as the evening goes on, and you can follow me as @PhilRodgers on Twitter where I’ll be tweeting the results as they come in.
Update: It’s now 3:35am, and we’re still waiting for the first result to be announced. But I have some lovely graphs ready to share with you when we know the numbers.