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- As it happened: Conservatives retain control of Wandsworth but Labour make gains
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Well that was exciting! However, it's 4am and Sophia needs to go to bed! Night all!
Just spoke to an ecstatic Rex Osborn, Labour leader for Wandsworth, who told me: “We held every gain we made in 2010 and made six more gains.
“People of Wandsworth are sending a message to the Conservatives. They are no longer convinced by this tired, out-dated, inward looking, bonus obsessed, Conservative council.”
Wandsworth you have 41 Conservative councillors and 19 Labour
The council remains Tory but there have been some serious gains for Labour who won six seats
The Wandsworth Labour Party are most definitely celebrating tonight...I mean this morning!
ANOTHER gain for Labour who have just gained two candidates in Bedford.
The ward was entirely blue and now just has one Tory councillor.
Labour still hold on to Latchmere. Massive cheers - they do like to shout!
West Hill has stayed with the Tories
Labour still holds Tooting. Lib Dems didn't make anywhere near the advances they hoped.
Balham, Shaftsbury, Nightingale and Fairfield have been retained by the Tories.
The Tories have retained Thamesfield.
37 Conservative councillors so far and 11 Labour
Another advance for Labour as they gain a councillor in Earlsfield.
It’s really hotting up here.
Labour made another gain in Queenstown with Sally-Ann Ephson (1,753).
She’ll be ward councillor along with Tories Nicola Nardelli (1,773) and Marie Hanson (1,711)
More loud cheers from Labour tonight as they held on to Furzedown with a large proportion of the votes.
Candida Jones (2,852), Leonie Cooper (3,101) and Mark Thomas (2,829)
The ward of Fairfield has also been retained by the Tories.
Piers McCausland (1,924), Will Sweet (1,801) and Stuart Thom (1,752).
Ukip's Neil Hamilton will not be a councillor in Wandsworth.
The results from St Mary's Park are in and it has been retained by the Tories.
Similarly Northcote ward has remained blue.
No other candidates came close to beating Peter Dawson (2,187 votes), Jane Dodd (2,198) and Martin Johnson (1,984).
The results for Wandsworth Common are in and it has been retained by the Tories, no surprises there.
Claire Clay received 2,598 votes, Maurice Heaster 2,396 and Kathy Tracey 2,313.
The Labour Party has made a massive gain tonight as the second result comes in from the ward of Roehampton and Putney Heath.
Labour councillor Peter Carpenter retained his position with 1,870 votes.
Meanwhile Labour candidates Sue McKinney smashed the Tories with 1,964 votes and Jeremy Ambache gaining 1,865.
There were loud cheers from Labour supporters across the town hall.
The ward previously had two Tory councillors Adrian Knowles, who is running in Earlsfield this year, and Jenny Nickels who lost out with 1,285 votes.
Conservative candidate Peter Anthony gained significant votes (1,423) but not enough to beat Labour.
The first results are in and it’s a victory for the Labour Party who have retained the Graveney ward.
Opposition leader Rex Osborn gained 2,471 votes while Alaina MacDonald received 2,595 and Andy Gibbons 2,633.
A clear picture of a low turnout is emerging:
Turnout in St Mary's Park is 32.54 per cent of the electorate (in 2010 it was 59 per cent)
Turnout in Fairfield is 31.85 per cent (in 2010 it was 63 per cent)
Here's the Earlsfield count:
Interestingly Councillor Matthew Maxwell Scott is not running again in Earlsfield because he has set his sights on running for MP in the Lib Dem stronghold of Sutton.
Mr Maxwell Scott will go up against the Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake who is currently deputy leader of the House of Commons.
Maxwell Scott v Tom Brake
When he last spoke to the South West London Guardian series Mr Maxwell Scott was planning to move to Sutton with his pregnant wife and son.
The total number of votes cast in Latchmere ward is 3837 - a 33.63 per cent turnout
Provisional turnout in Roehampton and West Putney is 35.1 per cent
So, it looks like it could be a low turnout this year.
In the 2010 local elections the Tories maintained their iron grip on Wandsworth Council and stormed to victory with 47 councillors. The Labour Party had 13 councillors elected.
The borough had a high turnout of voters with 63 per cent of the electorate using their right to vote. 145,390 people voted out of a total electorate of 231,819.
Many councillors, here tonight, tell me they think the 2010 local election's high turnout was due to the general election being held the same day.
The highest turnout was in Wandsworth Common where 70 per cent of people voted. However, it looks like the people of Roehampton and Putney Heath were disillusioned with the political class and only 50 per cent turned up.
Here's some of our coverage from that election
I've been informed we can expect the first result at about 1.10am and the last by about 3am.
Council leader Ravi Govindia says it looks like a low turnout.
He said: “I have been up since 5am. I’ve been moving around various wards.
“I think overall it looks like it is a low turnout – which means that quirky results can arise.
“I think the critical thing is when we fight every election we fight as hard and as bitterly as possible - to the end. I do think every one of our conservatives has bent over backwards in putting their effort in. They have done all they can.”
Apparently Neil Hamilton is a panellist on BBC Question Time tonight - the same night he is expected to hear whether he has been elected as a Wandsworth Councillor.
We interviewed the disgraced former MP about his decision to stand in St Mary's Park where he lived for 35 years.
Just ran into the returning officer Paul Martin who explained what his role is for the night.
He said: “I’m in charge of running the count for the evening. My job is to make sure the elections run efficiently.
“Today we have got two elections - the EU and the local. My job is to make sure everyone who is entitled to vote can vote and every vote count is run efficiently.
“We have to go through a set of processes which are set out for us in law starting with the verification which is taking place at the moment.
“It is to verify the number of ballot papers we have corresponds with the number of ballot papers in the polling station. We make sure none have been mislaid.”
Returning officer Paul Martin
I just spoke to Furzedown councillors Leonie Cooper and Mark Thomas who both paid tribute to former councillor Burt Luthers who passed away this week.
The ballot boxes are arriving. There are lots of nervous, but excited, looking politicians.
This is a political map of the borough - will it look vastly different tomorrow?
Welcome to a live blog of the Wandsworth election count.
I'm Sophia Sleigh, I'm armed with caffeinated drinks and will be updating you on the night's events!