LIVE: Election results

Tis Harrogate Council Offices on Crescent Gardens.(1401045c)
Tis Harrogate Council Offices on Crescent Gardens.(1401045c)

AFTER voting took place on Thursday, the count of votes for elections to Harrogate Borough Council is due to take place this morning.

Advertiser reporter Rick Burin is at Harrogate International Centre all day to bring readers the latest results and the views of those involved.

The count got under way at around 9.30am and the time of the first results will depend on the number of votes to be counted.

For the latest news, including results as they come in, follow us on Twitter via the Harrogate Hound feed.

A full round-up of results will also be posted here.

Did you vote yesterday? What’s your view of how the council runs services in our area? Post your comments below, tweet us, or email ackrill.news@ypn.co.uk with your views.

11.36am

And that’s it – a very swift count today!

The results are: one Conservative gain from Lib Dem (Pateley Bridge), one Lib Dem gain from Conservative (Nidd Valley) and one Independent gain from Conservative (Ouseburn).

The make-up of the council is now Conservatives 33, Lib Dems 17, Liberal Party 1, Independents 3. The Conservatives hold their majority, but it is reduced from 14 to 12.

Thanks for sticking with us this morning. Keep following @HarrogateHound on Twitter for all the post-election interviews and pick up a copy of the Advertiser on Friday, May 11 for a full break-down of results, reaction from the candidates and news of how the changes might affect you.

11.30am

Ouseburn – Independent GAIN for Chris Lewis, taking the seat from Conservative Martin Leather who was due to be deputy mayor this year. A new deputy mayor will now have to be chosen.

11.19am

Claro – Conservative HOLD for Anthony Alton.

11.18am

Nidd Valley – Lib Dem GAIN for Helen Flynn. Previously held by Conservative Les Ellington, who is the outgoing mayor, who did not stand this year.

11.14am

Wathvale – Conservative HOLD as Bernard Bateman wins. Previous councillor for the ward Chris Brown did not stand.

11.12am

Washburn – Conservative HOLD as Christine Ryder is elected. Former seat holder Richard Grange did not stand.

11.08am

Kirkby Malzeard – Conservative HOLD for Margaret Atkinson.

11.05am

Pateley Bridge – Conservative GAIN for Stan Lumley, who unseats long-standing Lib Dem councillor Stan Beer. Lumley has served as mayor of Pateley Bridge for the past year.

11.03am

Lower Nidderdale – Conservative HOLD for Christine Hill.

11.01am

Bishop Monkton – Conservative HOLD for Ian Galloway.

10.59am

Ribston – Conservative HOLD for Caroline Bayliss.

10.54am

Newby – Conservative HOLD for Nick Brown.

10.53am

Marston Moor – Liberal HOLD for John Savage.

10.48am

Boroughbridge – Conservative HOLD for Robert Windass, who thereby confirms he will be the new mayor.

10.44am

It seems that – so far at least – the Conservatives are managing to hold on to their seats in the rural areas around Harrogate. This doesn’t reflect the national picture, but there are plenty more results still to be announced.

10.40am

Spofforth with Lower Wharfedale – Conservative HOLD for Shirley Fawcett.

10.38am

Mashamshire – Conservative HOLD for Nigel Simms.

10.34am

Killinghall – Conservative HOLD for Michael Harrison.