This live event has finished
- Counting begins for St Helens Council elections
- Sixteen seats in the borough’s wards are contested with candidates from seven different parties standing for election.
- Yesterday also saw the vote for the European Parliamentary elections which will see the north west decide on its MEPs for the next five years.
- The regional count will take place on Sunday evening in Manchester in line with the rest of Europe.
Labour leader Barrie Grunewald says "the electorate has spoken" after Labour strengthens its grip on the town hall.
John Beirne is beaten in the town centre with UKIP registering 667 votes. Labour win with 1470.
Lib Dem leader Stephanie Topping comes third in Sutton behind UKIP
Marie Rimmer elected in West Park with 1693 votes.
Thatto Heath results in
Lib Dem 85
Turn out 25.8 per cent
First result in for Parr.
Turn out 23.8 percent
RT @CllrBarrieG: The question was asked who is john Beirne - the electorate has answered, he is the weakest link, goodbye!— @richdurber 23 May 2014
12:53pm Fri 23 May 14
I come from a family of Labour supporters (dad,grandad, great grandad etc), however, I don't rate them as a party anymore so refused to vote for them despite a bloke driving around Sutton with a megaphone yesterday encouraging everyone to do so.
I'm not convinced by UKIP and the rest aren't worth a mention. So kept my voting slip firmly in my pocket.
There are several wards to keep an eye on including Eccleston where deputy mayor Geoff Pearl is standing, the Town Centre which sees John Beirne standing for UKIP AND West Park where Marie Rimmer is seeking re-election.
Labour candidates in Newton keep an eye on proceedings as the count gets going at St Helens Town Hall #sthelens #elections
Marie Rimmer chats with Wally Ashcroft as she waits for the count to begin.
30.9 turnout for European elections in St. Helens. The count will be on Sunday.
11:59am Fri 23 May 14
Sefton, Liverpool & Wirral have announced most results, and we still wait in St Helens? so typical.
Really sad to see only 3 candidates standing in Parr ward in St. Helens election.— @komradeadamski 22 May 2014
Election count, today, St Helens Town Hall. Can't wait!— @CllrSevGA 23 May 2014
At the St Helens count. Labour look jittery. Good. — in Saint Helens http://t.co/cgtfh4hK4y— @uknoel 23 May 2014
10:09am Fri 23 May 14
Why was there no count immediately after the polls closed as there has been in previous ears ? Are the current council so complacent about the sheeple doing their job and voting for anything that is a shade of red that they felt that there was no need ?
RT @Jon_carlisle: if St Helens ends up #ukip im moving— @kevinrye 23 May 2014
To see all the candidates and the wards which will be decided on click here.
The current make up of St Helens Council is Labour (40), Liberal Democrat (5) and Conservative (3).
Yesterday also saw the vote for the European Parliamentary elections which will see the north west decide on its MEPs for the next five years.
The regional count will take place on Sunday evening in Manchester in line with the rest of Europe.
Counting is set to get under way at 10am for this year's St Helens Council election.
Sixteen seats in the borough’s wards are contested with candidates from seven different parties standing for election.
We will be covering the results as they come in.