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UPDATE 15.30.Votes being counted after elections to decide local representatives

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UPDATE: All results have now been announced in Preston Council’s election.

The overall makeup of the council has remained the same, apart from a Town Centre seat gained by Labour.

UPDATE. Turnout for Preston Council elections announced: Overall 33.63 per cent, postal votes 66.24 per cent, polling stations 25.91 per cent.

Count expected to start in next five minutes.

UPDATE: Verification of votes is expected to finish about 1pm.

Officials say the count for Preston Council is likely to start between 1.05pm and 1.10pm.

Candidates waiting in anticipation.

UPDATE: Votes are being verified at the Guild Hall in Preston ahead of results being announced.

Preston Council leader Coun Peter Rankin said he was “confident” of success in Tulketh ward, and hoped to increase his majority.

However Liberal Democrat leader Coun Bill Shannon said Ingol ward had seen a high turnout of UKIP voters.

Votes were being counted across Lancashire today to decide the area’s representatives.

Elections took place in parts of the county for local councillors, as well as for the European Parliament.

Officials described the turnout through the day as “steady”, before voting closed at 10pm.

Results will be announced for councillors later today in Preston, Chorley and West Lancashire, with the European results following on Sunday.

In Preston, elections were taking place in all wards apart from Ashton, Deepdale and Preston Rural East.

A total of 20 of Preston Council’s seats were up for grabs this year, with 17 available in Chorley and 19 in West Lancashire. In Preston, Labour were fighting all 20 seats available, the Conservatives were putting up 19 candidates, UKIP 10, the Liberal Democrats nine, the Green Party three and one Independent.

A spokesman for Preston council described the turnout on polling day as “steady”.

He said: “The weather could have been kinder, and generally speaking the weather does have an effect on turn out, but we would describe it as steady.”

In South Ribble, there were no borough council elections, but voters headed to the polling stations yesterday to elect representatives for the European Parliament.

The turnout was described as “slow but steady”, although the official count won’t take place until Sunday.

For live updates on announcements today, visit our Lancashire election map here, or follow @leponline on Twitter.

For full election results, see Saturday’s Lancashire Evening Post.

 

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