LATEST: South Ribble’s General Election count as it happens

The South Ribble result is expected around 5.45am, according to sources around Leyland’s Civic Centre.

A team of around 60 counters - some with plasters on their fingers - spent over three hours verifying and sorting parliamentary, parish and borough voting cards.

Ballot box

Ballot box

Returning Officer Mike Nuttall said: “Things are running smoothly and there appears to be a high turnout.”

It is thought that some borough and parish papers ended up in ballot boxes, delaying proceedings.

The first wards to be counted were the Seven Stars and West Lancs wards for the parliamentary election.

UKIP candidate David Gallagher thinks he’s done “pretty well”.

Counting taking place at the Civic Centre, Leyland, for the South Ribble seat at the 2015 General Election

Counting taking place at the Civic Centre, Leyland, for the South Ribble seat at the 2015 General Election

He said: “I’ve been watching all the votes come in and I think it’s going pretty well.

“I think we’ve got a lot of votes in various places such as Earnshaw Bridge. In places like Leyland it seems to be between UKIP and Labour, but in places like Eccleston it’s mainly Conservative.

“I definitely don’t think I’m going to be bottom of the pile, but there’s a lot to catch up on with the Conservatives and Labour.

Lib Dem Tony Pimblett said: “It’s difficult to tell how it’s going and what impact UKIP will have on the Conservative votes. I don’t think it will really affect us.

“We’re not that strong in South Ribble in general, but are in places like Penwortham.”

Seema Kennedy (Conservative) has arrived at the count but has declined to comment on how well she thinks she’s done.

A red-eyed Veronica Bennett (Labour) followed soon after and also declined to speak.

It is not known when Sue McGuire (Lib Dem) will arrive as she is agent for another Lib Dem candidate in Southport.

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