The polls have closed, so where are we?
Elections have been held for 128 councils. In most cases one third of the seats were being contested. Altogether 6706 seats were up for election, of which 1170 were held by Liberal Democrats.
Ten English cities have been holding referendums on whether to have a directly elected mayor. They are Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wakefield.
Doncaster was voting on whether to abolish its directly elected mayor.
Three cities – London, Salford and Liverpool – have been electing a mayor.
- London: 7 candidates, with Brian Paddick waving the Lib Dem flag.
- Salford: 10 candidates, including Lib Dem Norman Owen.
- Liverpool: 12 candidates, including Richard Kemp for the Liberal Democrats.
In addition, Londoners were electing the 25 members of the London Assembly. The count takes place on Friday, and we will be running a separate open thread on the London elections from tomorrow morning.
All the seats in 32 unitaries were up for election. The party is defending 149 seats out of a total of 1222. All Scottish councils are holding their counts on Friday.
All the seats in 21 out of 22 unitaries were up for election. The elections in Anglesey have been postponed until next year. Lib Dems are defending 151 seats out of 1221.
Where to find results
Full results can be found here on the BBC.
ALDC is keeping a running total of mayoral, referendums and council results.
The Guardian has an interactive map showing the state of play across England, Scotland and Wales.
LibDemVoice Co-Editor Stephen Tall has posted his 5 predictions for election night over at his own blog here.
Midnight: Sunderland is, as usual, the first to declare. Lib Dems lose their only seat.
1.45am: Nottingham votes No to an elected mayor.
1.50am: The Lib Dem leader of Wrexham, Ron Davies, has lost his seat to an Independent.
2.30am: Lib Dems hold Cheltenham but have lost Cambridge to NOC (although still the largest party). We have increased our majorities in Portsmouth and Eastleigh.
3.15am: BBC’s predicted overall share of the vote – Labour 39%, Conservatives 31%, Liberal Democrats 16%, others 14%
3.25am: Manchester votes against having an elected mayor.
3.40am: Of the seats declared so far, Lib Dems have lost about half the seats they were defending.
4am: Rodney Berman, Lib Dem leader in Cardiff has
lost his seat. Update: there will be a recount at 1pm today.
Use the comments below to update LDV readers with your own local results, and to add your reactions. Over to you …
* Mary Reid is the Tuesday Editor on Lib Dem Voice.