LiveAs it happened: Sutton election count 2014

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Summary

  • Liberal Democrats won seats from Conservatives to hold majority
  • Liberal Democrats have 45 seats and the Conservatives have nine
  • 42 per cent turnout
  • Lembit Opik at the count and threatened to have Nick Clegg removed as leader of the Lib Dems
  • Vote verification took longer than expected and first counts started at around 2am.
  • 'Mislaid' European election ballot box contributed to two hour delays
  • Results arrived thick and fast from 6.15am

8:02am

Ok, that's it from us. It's been a rollercoaster. From Lembit Opik to a "historic victory" via all the coffee and moments of utter despair.  

We hope you've enjoyed it, now who's got me a bacon sarnie?

7:59am

Council leader Ruth Dombey has just thanked the people of Sutton for voting the Liberal Democrats in for a "historic eighth term"

7:56am

So - now the Liberal Democrats have 45 seats on the council and the Conservatives have nine. 

7:54am

That's it! All the results are in!

7:54am

Carshalton South and Clockhouse - Tim Crowley (Cons) Moira Butt (Cons) Amy Haldane - (LD) - same as 2010

7:47am

Agents to the stage once more - the final result is mere minutes away....

7:42am

We should have pointed out that the Liberal Democrats have retained control of the council a while ago.

They look sure to increase their majority.

7:33am

ONE TO GO! BEDTIME SOON! 

7:33am

Cheam - Mary Burstow (LD), Holly Ramsey (Cons), Graham Whitham (Cons) - that's the same result as last time. 

7:30am

Not any more - Cheam's on the way

7:30am

There's a litttle pause in proceedings now. 

7:26am

Just two wards to go - Cheam and Carshalton South & Clockhouse. The latter could be very interesting. 

7:24am

Wallington North - Sunita Gordon, Joyce Mellican, Marion Radford - all Lib Dem, Lib Dem hold

7:21am

So, for those just waking up - the results are almost all in. So far, the Liberal Democrats have taken three Conservative seats.

7:14am

Worcester Park - Arthur Hookway, Richard Marston, Paul Wingfield - all Lib Dems but that was a close ward - Conservatiives have lost another seat there.

7:12am

That's three held seats for the Tories

7:11am

Belmont - David Hicks, Patrich McManus, Jane Pascoe - CONS clean sweep

7:09am

Beddington north - Pat Ali, Nick Mattey, Nighat Piracha  - all Lib Dem

7:07am

Six wards to go!

7:07am

Eric Allen and Jonathan Pritchard are the Conservatives who have lost their seats. We've spoken to them and they say they're disappointed.

7:01am

So, so far the Liberal Democrats have gained two seats.

7:01am

Two held seats for the Tories in those last three results. Tony Shields kept his seat by the narrowest of margins

6:59am

Sutton South - Richard Clifton (LD), Trish Fivey(LD), Tony Shields (Cons)

6:57am

Wallington South - Colin Hall, Jayne McCoy, Muhammed Sadiq - all Lib Dem

6:54am

Beddington South - Edward Joyce (LD), Neil Garrat (CONS), Manuel Abellan (LD)

6:48am

Whew. That was a bit frantic. Alll Lib Dem so far. Tories have lost two seats. Some big votes for UKIP too.  

6:45am

42.2 per cent turnout  - down from 70 per cent in 2010, but there was a general election then

6:43am

Stonecot - Adrian Davey, Nick Emerson, Miguel Javelot - Lib Dem clean sweep

6:41am

Tories lost a seat there

6:41am

Sutton West - Kevin Burke - Wendy mmathys, Siimon Wales - Lib Dem clean sweep

6:36am

Loser there in Nonsuch is Tory Eric Allen who lost his seat. That's the first lost seat of the evening. Morning. Whatever.

6:35am

Nonsuch  - Samantha Ball, Richard Broadbent, Daniel Sangster - all Lib Dem

6:33am

Carshalton Central - Hamish Pollock, Alan Salter, Jill Whitehead - Lib Dem cleann sweep

6:30am

UKIP managed to get fourth place in St Helier with 843 votes - more than any of the Labour candidates.

6:28am

One person who has lost out is John Keys. He was voted in for Beddington North last time out as a Lib Dem but he defected to Labour. he stood in St Helier this time but lost out.

6:27am

That was a bit of a flurry of activity. Let's try to analyse - all the wards announced were Lib Dem clean sweeps, just as they were in 2010, although some of them are different Lib Dems due to councillors standiing down. 

6:24am

St Helier - Lib Dem Clean sweep again - Jean Crossby, Martin Gonzalez, Doug Hunt 

6:22am

The Wrythe - Lib Dem clean sweep again - Callum Morton, Nali Patel, Colin Stears

6:19am

So, first three wards are a Lib Dem clean sweep.

6:18am

Wandle Valley - Margaret Court, Jason Reynolds, Hanna Zuchowska - all Lib Dem

6:17am

*Sp - David Bartolucci

6:17am

Sutton Central now - David Bartolluci, Vincent Galligan, Ali Mirhashaem - all Lib Dem

6:14am

Elected - Ruth Dombey, Marlene Heron, Stephen Penneck - all Lib Dem

6:13am

Sutton North coming up...

6:13am

RESULTS OF 1ST THREE WARDS

6:12am

The agents, by the way, are not as exciting as they sound. Nothing like the Matrix, or Men in Black. They're just people. 

6:08am

THINGS ARE HAPPENING. Agents are going to the stage. 

6:07am

My regular morning alarm went off. That's pretty upsetting even when I've had a full night's sleep. Now it's absolutely devastating.

5:54am

It's not only Sutton where the count is taking forever - the whole of south west London is in a similar situation. Lots of split votes could be the reason.

 

I split my vote. Feeling a bit bad about it now. 

5:51am

Lib Dems reckon they've held Beddington North in spite of incinerator controversy

5:50am

5:48am

5:48am

News coming up from Merton's bit of St Helier from one of our Wimbledon reporters...

No news on Sutton's bit, of course.

5:43am

UPDATE: There is no update.

5:23am

If you hear any rumours that a Sutton Guardian reporter fell asleep and had to be woken up by the council's chief executive, don't believe them. 

5:18am

Sutton Council Chief Executive Niall Bolger has revealed the counting is being drawn out because many  people have voted for more than one party.

Some voters have opted for three different parties, meaning one ballot has to be counted three times.

The first past the post system allows voters to chose three representatives in each ward. Some choose three from the same party, some do not.

So for now we remain on the edge of our seats... 

4:56am

It looks like things are going to be very tight in a lot of wards here. No-one I've spoken to has been willing to show any sort of optimism. Tories are particularly pessimistic. Lots of people are predicting UKIP gains but a chap I was just speaking to seemed resigned to just having had an impact on results, rather than getting any seats themselves. 

4:48am

BREAKING NEWS: It's getting light outside.

4:35am

Still no results here, just in case you're wondering.

4:16am

4:05am

4:02am

Just heard someone say "we're nearly there". Exciting times.

3:39am

Sutton Guardian:

Counting ballots appears to have the same effect as counting sheep.

3:32am

Sutton Guardian:

The count is taking its toll on some people. A moment after this pic was taken he suddenly jolted awake and then tried to style it out. He failed.

3:21am

Meanwhile I've moved on from coffee to some sort of chemical-based energy drink that tastes a little like petrol. It contains an ingredient called 'colour (brilliant blue)'. Mmmmm - blue.

 

3:18am

All the votes are validated and everyone's counting now. Papers going into trays everywhere here. 

3:02am

Although not all the counting staff are upset by the delays - they're on £25 an hour so at the moment they're on for an extra £50 each.

3:00am

Apparently someone 'mislaid' one of the European election ballot boxes. It's been found now but it has contributed to the delays here.

2:52am

They were being told that the last postal votes are on their way to the counting hall. They had far more late postal votes than they expected.

Apparently we're two hours behind schedule now.

2:48am

Agents have just been asked to come up to the stage.....

2:47am

One observer has just said they think the trays are showing UKIP wins in St Helier and Wandle Valley. Reading the trays all sounds a bit Mystic Meg, but it is interesting.

2:32am

ON MY THIRD COFFEE OF THE NIGHT BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S AFFECTING ME.

2:25am

Just had a quick glance at the trays and it looks like Labour are doing well in St Helier and Wandle Valley. They didn't win a seat last time out - will they this time around? 

2:22am

Gradually verification is finishing and counts are starting on the Wandle Vallley and St Helier desks. This seems to involve putting papers in trays.

Sutton Guardian:

2:14am

Sutton Guardian:

Now this is happening on the stage. You might ask what it means but I'm afraid we don't know.

2:07am

The latest person to have a chat with us is Sutton and Cheam's Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow. He said: "For me it's about the size  of the majority, not losing control.

"The thing that has been striking about the campaign has been the collapse of the Conservatives' infrastructure in terms of getting their voters to come out.

"They have a loyal following who have turned out to vote but that's in spite of their campaigning rather than because of it."

Strong words from Mr Burstow there - but, like everyone else we've spoken to, he didn't fancy making any predictions 

1:41am

In other news, it's really hot here. I'm not sure if its to add to the tension or just to send us all to sleep. Either way, it's a little uncomfortable annd there are some funny smells knocking around.

1:32am

While we're all having fun here, spare a thought for our collleagues over on the Croydon Guardian. The count there doesn't start until half two and might not end until gone 7am!

1:22am

We've also had a chat with a senior Tory councillor who reckons they will go from 11 seats on the council to four, according to his predictions. That''s based on the size of the bundles on the counting floor, though - so not too scientific. 

1:19am

We've just had a chat with council leader Ruth Dombey - and she's giving nothing away.

Coun Dombey said: "I'm feeling that I'm looking forward to the results.

"It's an unusual election - there's more parties, more candidates. There will be more split votes and nothing will be taken for granted.

"It certainly won't be a walkover."

Sutton Guardian:

 

12:54am

Ok, the agents were being told that the count is likely to take longer than expected because the Euro election ballot papers are so long that it's taking the counters extra time to unfold them. Looks like the result could come later than 4am.  

12:50am

We've got something happening here - an announcement has just gone out calling all election agents to the stage. Not sure what it all means, but we'll keep you posted.

12:48am

12:27am

Sutton Guardian bringing the big exclusives on election night!

12:26am

Here's our interview with Mr Opik - http://www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news/11231964.Lembit_Opik_comes_to_Sutton_Election_count_and_threatens_to_have_Deputy_Prime_Minister_Nick_Clegg_removed/?ref=var_0

12:03am

EXCLUSIVE: The rumours are true! Lembit Opik is here and he's dropped a bit of a bombshell - he has pledged to initiate the party procedures to remove Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats if they get six or fewer European Parliament seats tonight. They currently have 11 but he's predicting a big loss iinfluenced by UKIP. On the flip side, he's also said he'll back Clegg all the way if they get more than 10. Full story on the site soon.

Sutton Guardian:

11:38pm

Here's a strange one - rumour has it former MP and Have I Got News for You regular Lembit Opik is in the building. No idea why and we've not spotted him ourselves but if we see him we'll grab a cheeky (geddit?) chat with him 

11:35pm

Just had a quick chat with Carshalton and Wallington's Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake. He said: "We've been doing box counts and wards like the Wrythe, which is one of our strongest wards, and we're coming up subbstantially ahead.

"But box counts aren't scientific, you're just looking at the ballot papers as they come out.

"It's a guesstimate but it's enough to know it looks good.

"Carshalton South and Clockhouse looks closer and Carshalton Central is going to be very hard fought."

Sutton Guardian:

 

11:16pm

Just ran into Sutton South councillor Tony Shields - he says he's feeling nervous and has already dispensed with the jacket

Sutton Guardian:

11:00pm

We're on the coffees already here - courtesy of the lovely Kerry and Jo in the Westcroft cafe

10:49pm

Don't forget, you can join us and even talk to us on Twitter via @suttonguardian - if you're lucky we might even include your tweets on here.

10:47pm

10:29pm

Sutton Guardian:

Here's the counting hall - ballots are just arriving, first one at 10.17pm. It's a hive of activity now.

 

10:21pm

Welcome to our live blog of the election count. We are Mike Murphy-Pyle and Tom Gillespie and we'll bring you everything that happens, as it happens.

Comments (2)

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12:23am Fri 23 May 14

debs007 says...

never mind about Lembit Opik being there, let's hope Sutton sees sense & keep the Tories & UKIP out. I for one tactically voted LibDem as I think our Lib Dem council doesn't do a bad job. Sometimes it gets it very wrong...look at all the money wasted on the town centre upgrade, but on the whole I am happy with them. UKIP are too right wing for my liking and as for the Tories...don't get me started. So am rooting for the yellows all the way here
never mind about Lembit Opik being there, let's hope Sutton sees sense & keep the Tories & UKIP out. I for one tactically voted LibDem as I think our Lib Dem council doesn't do a bad job. Sometimes it gets it very wrong...look at all the money wasted on the town centre upgrade, but on the whole I am happy with them. UKIP are too right wing for my liking and as for the Tories...don't get me started. So am rooting for the yellows all the way here debs007
  • Score: -5

6:51am Fri 23 May 14

Pizza Burger says...

I voted Lib Dem :)
I voted Lib Dem :) Pizza Burger
  • Score: -4

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