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Tomorrow is the big day for voting. Predictions are that the turnout will be very poor.

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Tomorrow is the big day for voting. Predictions are that the turnout will be very poor.

Yes. I've had oceans of junk through the door. Some of the candidates look a bit shifty to me. I think I'll keep it simple and vote party rather than personality. People are in a quandary and tomorrow looks like being a good day so will it be the polls or the parks?

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Postal vote for me :)

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Nobody even asked us if we wanted a Mayor. :(

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You can have Boris.... :angry:

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You can have Boris.... :angry:

Send a photo of him in a kilt for consideration. Preferably with some hills in the background and accompanied by a couple o heilan' coos and a West Highland Terrier. He'll have to appeal to tourists as well as the locals. :lol:

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Looks as though turnout in some places was dire. One Oxford Polling Station reported only 14%. In that's apathy for you. Early signs in England show Labour to be doing well having already won 18 seats.

The Guardian reports:

Labour: 39%

Conservatives: 31%

Lib Dems: 14%

Not sure if this is England or England and Wales

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/may/03/local-election-results-live-coverage

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/vote2012/council/gb.stm

Let's see what tomorrow brings.

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Manchester and Nottingham vote against having a Mayor

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Nick Clegg on BBC just now is very sad. No wonder. Ukip are one up and BNP dropped a few. Labour is looking very good winning more than 470 seats. Respect have got 5 seats.

So far:

Council Results from BBC

There are elections in 128 English councils, all 32 Scottish councils and 21 Welsh councils in 2012. Counting in Scotland begins on Friday morning.

Councils and Councillors

Party Councils Councillors

Total +/- Total +/-

Labour 50 +22 1123 +470

Conservative 27 -11 581 -279

Liberal Democrat 3 -1 213 -129

Plaid Cymru 0 0 34 -11

Green 0 0 16 +3

Residents Association 0 0 12 +4

UK Independence Party 0 0 7 +1

Independent Community and Health Concern 0 0 5 +3

Respect 0 0 5 +5

Liberal 0 0 2 -4

British National Party 0 0 0 -3

English Democrats 0 0 0 -1

Independent 0 -2 0 0

Scottish National Party 0 0 0 0

Scottish Socialist Party 0 0 0 0

Socialist 0 0 0 0

Others 0 0 172 -88

No Overall Control 19 -8

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Interesting - suggestion that Nick Clegg do 'what is not easy but right'. Lembit Opik thinks he should hand in his cap.

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Results coming in now in Scotland and so far Glasgow seems to be holding up to some extent against SNP onslaught. Early days though.

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Makes me happy to see the Conservatives and the Lib Dems losing seats down south. Nearer home we still don't know who'll be in charge in George Square. Looking like a Coalition. I'm hoping that there will be some confrontations that will keep them on their toes.

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Results coming in now in Scotland and so far Glasgow seems to be holding up to some extent against SNP onslaught. Early days though.

I would substitute overconfidence for onslaught.

Standing three SNP candidates in Govan being the worst example. One returned alongside two official Labour candidates and Steven Dornan.

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I have heard that West Duns result has been a majority for the Labour party.

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Great to see Labour gains in England...

Looks like Cameron and Clegg have problems on their hand....

Boris prediceted to win and shapng up to be a major thorn in Cameron's side...

I am a very happy wuman. How you doing up there?

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Great to see Labour gains in England...

Looks like Cameron and Clegg have problems on their hand....

Boris prediceted to win and shapng up to be a major thorn in Cameron's side...

I am a very happy wuman. How you doing up there?

Glasgow has a Labour majority and, more surprisingly, the same in Edinburgh. Gail Sheridan won't be a Councillor this time round. I'm pleased that Frank McAveety will be back. Also got five Greens in Glasgow. :)

I think it is healthy to have a mix and a challenge - cuts back on the smugness.

I thought that Ken still had a slight chance.

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Glasgow has a Labour majority and, more surprisingly, the same in Edinburgh. Gail Sheridan won't be a Councillor this time round. I'm pleased that Frank McAveety will be back. Also got five Greens in Glasgow. :)

I think it is healthy to have a mix and a challenge - cuts back on the smugness.

I thought that Ken still had a slight chance.

Meant to say that I am truly delighted to see the Tories being hammered in England.

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Thank goodness for a bit of sanity.

Ken was not a good Labour choice but he was the only viable option to Boris. A "mix and a challenge" might make everyone work a bit harder and that's no bad thing, IMV, anaw.

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A friend of ours stood as a candidate in Argyle & Bute .......for the Lib Dems. Am too feart to look up her result. :(

EDIT - Just checked, she got elected :lol: In by the skin of her teeth :D

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Thank goodness for a bit of sanity.

Ken was not a good Labour choice but he was the only viable option to Boris. A "mix and a challenge" might make everyone work a bit harder and that's no bad thing, IMV, anaw.

Winning by 3% doesn't indicate a whole load of confidence, harper, but hopefully it's put the wind up him enough to thrust him into action. I hear there are promises of jobs for young people. You would have thought that after the riots that would have been high on the agenda.

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A friend of ours stood as a candidate in Argyle & Bute .......for the Lib Dems. Am too feart to look up her result. :(

EDIT - Just checked, she got elected :lol: In by the skin of her teeth :D

You do feel sorry for these local Lib Dems but their party hasn't come out at all well under the Coalition. They're in danger of disappearing.

Why do you think the SNP are so much stronger in the Highlands and Labour wielding more power in Scotland's cities?

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You do feel sorry for these local Lib Dems but their party hasn't come out at all well under the Coalition. They're in danger of disappearing.

Why do you think the SNP are so much stronger in the Highlands and Labour wielding more power in Scotland's cities?

Angus, Dundee, Aberdeenshire have always been SNP heartlands, Glasgow, Lanarkshire have always been labour heartlands. Things take time, who would have thought that consistently at national election after national election we would see the SNP being returned as the most popular party in Scotland. I suggest if Scottish Labour Party declared for independance they could do untold damage to the SNP.

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Angus, Dundee, Aberdeenshire have always been SNP heartlands, Glasgow, Lanarkshire have always been labour heartlands. Things take time, who would have thought that consistently at national election after national election we would see the SNP being returned as the most popular party in Scotland. I suggest if Scottish Labour Party declared for independance they could do untold damage to the SNP.

Possibly and if SNP moved further to the left then they might be home and dry.

They seemed pretty confident that they would take Glasgow but that looks a long way off after Thursday.

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I suggest if Scottish Labour Party declared for independance they could do untold damage to the SNP.

but may possibly upset the EIS.

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Possibly and if SNP moved further to the left then they might be home and dry.

They seemed pretty confident that they would take Glasgow but that looks a long way off after Thursday.

Maybe if the lead for the SNP in Glasgow hadn't been a Nicola Sturgeon placement then things may have been different.....who knows?

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