South Ribble local election count gets underway

The count has started at South Ribble Council's Civic Centre in Leyland
The count has started at South Ribble Council's Civic Centre in Leyland
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The make-up of South Ribble Council could change today, as the votes are currently being counted to see which councillors will represents the borough’s residents.

The count began at Leyland’s Civic Centre at 1.30pm, following a night of tension which saw Tory Seema Kennedy elected as South Ribble’s new MP.

In the last local election, Labour celebrated after taking a number of seats from the Conservatives.

In 2011, 33 of the 55 seats were taken by the Tories, but Labour had 21 - an increase of 12 from 2007.

Conservatives lost nine to end up with 33 seats; Labour won 12 to end with 21; and the Liberal Democrats lost one to end with just one seat.

The UK Independence Party and the Idle Toad party both lost their only seat last time.

- For up-to-the-minue updates as the results come in this afternoon, follow @GuardianLeyland on Twitter.