Council leader Cllr David Baines has been re-elected as leader of the Labour group and council.

Labour retained control of St Helens Council in the all-out elections last week.

Voters in the borough went to the polls, with the results declared at the election count on Friday last week.

All 48 seats at the council were contested at the same time.

Labour retained control of the council after winning 29 seats – although this represented a loss of four seats.

Independents won seven seats, the Greens won six, the Liberal Democrats won four and the Tories won two.

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Council leader Cllr David Baines – who retained his seat – said he is looking forward to getting back to work straight away to make St Helens borough “the very best place it can be”.

He also thanked the “thousands of residents right across St Helens borough, who put their faith and their trust in Labour at the ballot box in these elections”.

Furthermore, following the elections, in a tweet, Cllr Baines thanked his St Helens Labour colleagues for re-electing him "unopposed" as leader of the group and council.

He added that it is an "honour" to serve the borough and that he will "continue to give it my all".