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Sky's coverage really is rather good. I was expecting the BBC coverage to start at 22.40 so I'm a bit miffed, and not only because of the misleading 'declarations' on their website.

Tips from Smithson's site: LDs doing well in Richmond, Labour performed 'disastrously' in Tower Hamlets (tip courtesy of our own Sean Fear)...

"Sky's coverage really is rather good. I was expecting the BBC coverage to start at 22.40 so I'm a bit miffed, and not only because of the misleading 'declarations' on their website."

Why oh why were they giving it in GMT?! Now I have nothing to watch I've had to return here and make this pointless post to pass time!

Time for Sky News methinks.

The core figure there is the 'better economic manager' figure, Tim - and I suspect that won't move unless interest rates go up enough to hurt in marginal seats.

That screen grabber is great isn't it Tim?

Money to be made on Betfair tonight. Tories have gone favourite for the General Election.

Betting available on :

Barking and Dagenham
Birmingham
Blackburn With Darwen
Bolton
Brent
Carlisle
Cheltenham
Chester
Croydon
Ealing
Eastbourne
Hammersmith + Fulham
Haringey
Hillingdon
Islington
Leeds
Manchester
Merton
Norwich
Oxford
Redbridge
Solihull
Tower Hamlets
West Lancashire
Winchester
Wirral

I'm still using the Canon camera sorry, Guido! I'll do better soon...

Labour lose 5 seats in Tamworth. The massacre begins!

Tim, Guido, anyone - can you recommend a live audio stream for those of us not in the UK?

The village I live in, Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells, was a LibDem marginal ward. No longer. We thrashed the yellow peril today.

Con 1124
Lib 877

50% turnout

Last time the LibDems were 50 votes ahead, so it's a massive swing to us. The LibDem councillor, Tom Symondson, is 23. He's the youngest councillor in the South East. He was actually rather good so to beat him by that margin is a real triumph for the Conservative Mike Tompsett. I knew they were in trouble when I saw them driving round the village in a Mercedes open top car with a megaphone. Very environmentally friendly I don't think! Well done Mike!

First result in. Conservatives remain in control of Tamworth and gain 5 seats from 16 to 21 at the expense of Labour. I hope this is the story of the night.

Sorry, I'm not aware of anything Alexander. You'll have to rely on the blogs!!

I know you said Audio but there's the BBC video stream if that's any help.

Go to the main site and click "Watch BBC News in Video"

Alexander, Try 5 Live.
I know they're up all night and will be giving results throughout the night.

CON HOLD WORCESTER

What better proof of Conservative efficiency than Conservative councils being the first to declare?

Labour gain one seat from Independent in Worcester. Were the Tories expected to extend their majority here?

Really tough getting into site.Anyone else having problems?

Oh, and Con hold Basildon.

CON HOLD BRENTWOOD

CON: 27 SEATS
+6

"Really tough getting into site.Anyone else having problems?"

It seemed to be doen for about 10 mins or so.

Good news about Brentwood!

That's a good hold Andrew.Was Lib Dem until mid 90's when I lived there.Did we take seats from the yellow peril?

Taunton by-election Lib Dem hold vs Cons

LD 1336 vs Con 436

Rumour has it we have gained a ward in birmingham

Could be a long night...

Yes Malcolm we gained 8 seats from the LibDems

Thanks Biodun much obliged. Actually I was listening to Five Live but I was hoping there might be something other than a station that talked about the elections rather than McClaren, and Take That coming back together...ugggh

Labour hold Manchester - anyone know if we succeeded in getting a councillor??

Sorry, Malcolm... you're not the only one having troubles. The site is creaking a bit with heavy traffic. Please bear with us!

>>>>Tim, Guido, anyone - can you recommend a live audio stream for those of us not in the UK?<<<<
Radio 5 Live are covering it on the Anita Anand and Up All Night Programme, there is a live audio stream here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/fivelive.shtml

It seems Cameron may poll above 40%.

Early indications that Lib Dems loosing 2 points. FMS.

Excellent news from Brentwood.We've lost a seat in Colchester.Bloody students!

It seems Cameron may poll above 40%.

Did every keystroke hurt?

CON HOLD GREAT YARMOUTH

"Did every keystroke hurt?"

Bleeding fingers?

Early predictions good. Local variations may play a big part though - did so in Taunton.

we lose 3 seats to labour in great yarmouth

Them pictures reloading take up lots of bandwith.

Aternatively, courtesy of Google's backbone, Iain Dale or myself would no doubt be happy to take the strain.

Yup preliminary national percentages:
CON +3
LAB -1
LIB -2

Any news on manchester, its Labour hold, as we always knew, but have we managed to gain that ever important single councillor?

we have failed to gain our first councillor in newcastle

but have taken control of shrewsbury & atcham council

CON GAIN SHREWSBURY

While I have been skeptical of some of Cameron's strategies I am very pleased to see we are doing well so far.

@Mark Fulford: Yes.

On the other hand, Howard's 38% vs. Labour 26% at the 2004 locals wasn't really replicated in 2005 Generals, now was it?

BBC Local Elections site is here and it's updating as results are changing, not much point in results being posted here as in terms of overall gains and losses in net terms they are behind the actual situation very quickly:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/vote2006/locals/map/html/map.stm

We gain 4 seats in Lincoln,labour still hold

Switched from 5Live to Radio Four. 5 Live on the basis of 100 seats was saying that David Cameron would be allowed to smile tonight. Radio Four faffing around this, can't bring themselves to say it...

Me too Richard.I thought this 'green' campaign was fairly crap but according to BBC we are up 3% and Libs down 2% so it may have worked.Guess I won't be getting the mug then.

Labour lost Derby.

Also, the turn-out is extremely low, this very likely means that the electorate was much OLDER than a General Election electorate and we all know that there are more Tories among the older population.

CON HOLD SWALE
CON HOLD OXFORDSHIRE

Goldie I disagree. I'm a student in Herts, and I've found that almost all of the students who are of voting age have been going out and voting Tory today (I am at a state school not some palace for toffs). In contrast some people like my parents haven't even gone to vote, and they refused even to spoil their ballot papers... sad day for democracy.

Con gain longbridge ward from labour in birmigham

Camera's battery now flat Guido so no more pictures for a while anyway!

>>>>While I have been skeptical of some of Cameron's strategies I am very pleased to see we are doing well so far.<<<<
There's not been a lot of correlation between Local Election and General Election results though and generally the longer a party is in government the more strongly Local Election results seem to go against them, back in 1998 they were much the same as for General Election results but increasingly there has been a difference and the same happened in the 1980's, Labour got over 40% in 1989 & 1990 Local Elections and in the 1989 Euro Elections and yet still only got 34.5% of the vote in 1992.

In the late 1970's the Conservative Party was getting half the vote in Local Elections and yet it was considerably lower in the 1979 General Election.

CON LOSE WEST LINDSEY TO NOC

Radio 4 being wet. Seat for seat Conservatives are whipping Labour.

Just lost West Lindsey to NOC, anyone found any figures? Anyone familiar with local circumstances... wheres Sean Fear?

They're coming out of the woodwork now Reid and Hoon getting the excuses in early.

Wheres West Lindsey?

and Blunkett, Guido.

its in lincolnshire i think Malcolm

Yay, Portsmouth now NOC after we take three off the Lib Dems!

Seans standing so he's probably at a his count

Sean is a prospective cllr is he not?

"Yay, Portsmouth now NOC after we take three off the Lib Dems!"

Good news

W Lindsey is in the north of the E Midlands. Was only a slim Tory majority before.

Malcom, Andrew is correct in saying its in Lincolnshire, its the council just above Lincoln itself.

Hertsmere hold...

Conservatives have lost two councillors to the Lib-dems in Eastleigh. Puts the Lib-dems on 34, Tories on 7 and Labour on 3.

Can anyone guess what the results we have so far mean for the CH predictions?

BBC London reporting 16% increase in turnout in Barking & Dagenham

"Conservatives have lost two councillors to the Lib-dems in Eastleigh. Puts the Lib-dems on 34, Tories on 7 and Labour on 3."

It's a Lib Dem feifdom. I expect many voters didn't see the point as the Lib Dems were bound to maintain control.

Conservatives success in Swindon. In 1998 had 3 Cllrs, now possibly 38!

CON hold Tandridge

Alexander, a chap on political betting thought results indicated Labour would lose around 250 seats.Not sure how scientific this is but if true it is not the disaster for Blair predicted.

A broad 3% increase as the BBC is predicting would mean Conservative gains in the region of 120 which is nowhere near enough.

*fiefdem

Labour think the late surge in Barking has benefitted the BNP

CON HOLD TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Possible swing from Lab to Con in Hastings!

Malcom, it may not be a disaster for Blair, however I feel we may have a disaster for Ming! His party isn't meant to be losing seats, yet he seems to be haemoragging seats!

I saw a Lib Dem leaflet today with a person superimposed on a photo standing next to an MP.

Silly

That would be good Chris.I thought the LD's were going to do well.Just goes to show ,I know nothing!

Ok, goodnight. See you and the results in the morning.

Early gain for BNP in Lancashire

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4974870.stm

It seems that so far labour are doing better than expected

Good night everybody from me too

"It's [Eastleigh] a Lib Dem feifdom. I expect many voters didn't see the point as the Lib Dems were bound to maintain control."

Very true. Not helped by the lacklustre performance of the local Conservative Association, I'm afraid.

Better news from Winchester where the Tories have gained one from Labour and one from the Lib-dems.

The Radio4 spin is that we're not going to make gains in Greater London, restricted to shires ect ect

Any idea when the first London results are due? I thought thats where a large bulk of our target 200+ net seats was meant to come from.

"It seems that so far labour are doing better than expected"

It must be the weather!

Checkout the BBC interactive map. Overall control might not be shifting but we're moving wards.

3am onwards i think for London results

BBC poll puts Tories ahead of Labour when it comes to trust regarding the NHS.

Tories lost Gosport because of Labour swing to Lib Dems.

BNP are on 4 seats now, anyone know how many are barking and dagenham?

No Tory gain in Manchester. Annoying.

Richard, that sucks :( Any figures on vote percentage gained though?

Elainor Laing is very impressive.

The Sky news channel is painfully bright and loud and at this time of night, especially turning over from the gloomy and nigh-on soporific tone of the BBC coverage.

Tories hold Eastbourne. Interesting result considering the tightness in the council and general election level.

*Switches to 5 in hope that they ahve sky news feed for evening... sees a penis and switches back to BBC*

I hate not having digital in my bedroom :( Jeremy Vine isn't anywhere near as good as Peter Snow.

Richard, that sucks :( Any figures on vote percentage gained though?

Don't know but in the most promising ward they lost by a few hundred votes according to the BBC.

Glad to hear we kept Eastbourne, if only because my grandparents live there!

Con gains all over North West. Chin up.

Glad to hear we kept Eastbourne, if only because my grandparents live there!

Not a tremendous ammount of movement there though. I'm eagerly awaiting St Albans to see if a couple of wards have fallen from Lib Dems to us, which means we'd slip further into NOC (Lib Dems currently short of majority by 1 seat).

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