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Local elections 2021 LIVE: Updates from across Greater Manchester and UK

Over the next few days millions of votes will be counted across the UK following a polling day that has been dubbed ‘Super Thursday’ - featuring English local and mayoral elections, those to the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments and the Hartlepool by-election.

In Greater Manchester the counts will be spread out between tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, so throughout that we will be bringing you live updates as the numbers come in, as well as from elsewhere in the country.

This evening votes for Stockport, Rochdale and Oldham councils will be tallied, with results expected in the early hours.

The Hartlepool result will also be counted tonight.

Friday will see Manchester, Salford, Trafford, Bury, Bolton, Wigan and Tameside tot up their totals, while on Saturday, the Greater Manchester and Salford mayoral counts will take place.

As ever, most councils in Greater Manchester are unlikely to change hands, although that doesn’t mean there can’t and won’t be other upsets.

Stockport, Bury and Bolton are all in precarious political situations, however, making the ultimate control of those town halls difficult to predict.

Andy Burnham is favourite to win the Greater Manchester mayoral race for a second time, a victory that would provide a bright spot on the horizon for a Labour party that nationally may find itself in for some disappointments.

Polling in traditionally- Labour Hartlepool - where a by-election is taking place following the resignation of its sitting MP - suggests the Tories could well be in line to take it, continuing a pattern of wins across the North and Midlands that played out in the 2019 general election.

Meanwhile the West Midlands mayoralty, currently a Tory position that Labour have been battling to secure, could well stay in Conservative hands, according to those familiar with the campaign.

All these polls and more will provide the first electoral test for Boris Johnson since his landslide victory less than 18 months ago, as well as for Sir Keir Starmer, who won the Labour Party leadership shortly afterwards.

Polls close at 10pm tonight and we will be bringing you live updates throughout the coming three days, with reporters at all of our counts across the conurbation.

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