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3.24am – And that’s that folks. Worcester is once again in No Overall Control.
Final state of the parties: Con 15 (-3) Lab 12 (+1) Greens 6 (+2) Lib Dem 2 (=)
And finally Labour HOLD their Nunnery seat and GAIN the second seat back from the Conservatives lost at last year’s election
3.02am – Results: Lib Dems HOLD Claines, Labour hold Cathedral, St Johns and Warndon. Bedwardine remains in Conservative hands
Labour are on the board, one defence one hold. Coun Zoe Cookson is the new councillor for Rainbow Hill
RESULT: RAINBOW HILL – Labour HOLD
Lab 535, Con 300, Green 135, Lib Dem 57
2.29am – That’s a thrashing for the Tories, four years ago the Greens won it by 99 votes, this year its nearly 1,000
RESULT: Battenhall – Green Party HOLD (2018 results) GAIN (after defection)
Green 1,346, Conservative 398, Labour 189, Liberal Democrats 36
2.24am – Another chapter of the Green Party story is written as they take St Peter’s
Congratulations to Coun Dr Steve Cockeram
BREAKING: First gain of the night at Conservatives lose St Peter’s Parish
2.19am – RESULT – St Peter’s Parish – Green GAIN
Green 896, Con 643, Lib Dem 312, Lab 125, Reform 29
2.16am – Rumours of demise greatly exagerrated? Another vulnerable seat, another Tory hold as Coun Mohammed Altaf returns to the Guildhall.
RESULT: Gorse Hill – CON HOLD
Con 535, Lab 364, Green Party 239, Lib Dem 25
2.14am – Massive boost for the Tories that Worcester’s Mayor holds his seat
BREAKING: Mayor of Worcester Coun Stephen Hodgson retains his seat
RESULT: Warndon Parish North
Con: 571, Lib Dem 516, Labour 224 Green 94
1.59am – Just a reminder against this backdrop of the Conservative leader Coun Marc Bayliss going home and Tory sources briefing gloomy news. They are defending 7 of their 18 seats they had before James Carver quit….
1.55am – Warm embrace between Raffi Ali and Labour’s Coun Jabba Riaz. A sign a result could be close in Cathedral?
1.46am – It’s fair to say there’s some disagreement on any reason for Tories potential losses. Either Partygate or the cost of living. So tweet me @RGObserver – if you didn’t vote Tory but usually would, what put you off?
1.38am – Counting has begun!!
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1.14am – Leader of Worcester City Council Coun Marc Bayliss has left the building as another Tory source tells the Observer ‘we’ve had a good kicking’
12.43am – A mood of quiet confidence appears to be among Labour at the moment. In contrast several glum Conservative faces…
12.28am – Interesting insight from a Green Party source pointing to possible joy in Gorse Hill and even St Peter’s…of course these are only rumours at this stage
11.44pm – We are halfway through the verification with counting expected to start at around 1am. Turnout is thought to be low though…
11.25pm – Seats to watch, be great to get your opinions…
For me its St Peter’s Parish, Gorse Hill and of course Bedwardine….
11.21pm – Let’s try again! Some facts and figures before we get rolling
Current state of the parties: Con 17, Lab 11, Green 4 and Lib Dems 2
Conservatives were on 18 seats until the resignation of James Carver in February which put the council into No Overall Control. But will it stay that way?
GOOD Evening and welcome to the Guildhall, polls closed some 40 minutes ago and ballot boxes have already arrived here.
We’re here throughout the night as Worcester decides the make up of the City Council for the next 12 months.
I’d love to hear from you and your thoughts, tweet me @RGObserver and I’ll do my best to feature you and respond as the night goes on!