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  1. Goodbye

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    And with the announcement that the final result is in, that's it for our election coverage.

    Thanks for joining us for what was a very interesting night and day.

  2. Final seat declared

    That's it - the very last seat of the 2015 general election has been declared.

    David Cameron

    Conservatives have taken St Ives in Cornwall from the Lib Dems, with Derek Thomas securing 18,491 votes.

    Nationally, the Tories have a majority of 12 MPs after the results in all 650 seats were announced.

  3. Wirral Council

    Labour hold

    Wirral Council remains under Labour with the party making one gain from the Liberal Democrats.

  4. Ribble Valley

    Conservative hold

    Ribble Valley Borough Council remains Conservative.

    The party hasn't made any gains but Labour have gained one seat from Lib Dem.

  5. Rossendale Council

    Labour mayor loses seat

    Tim Padfield

    BBC Radio Lancashire

    In one early declaration in Rossendale, the Labour mayor Tom Aldred has lost his seat to the Conservatives and there's been another Conservative gain in Rossendale - in the Cribden ward - by just eight votes.

  6. Bolton Council

    Labour hold

    Bolton Council remains under Labour control after the party won all 14 seats it was defending.

    UKIP gained a seat at the expense of the Conservatives.

  7. David Cameron pledges a 'greater Britain'

    David Cameron has promised to lead a government for "one nation" and make "Great Britain greater" as he returned to Downing Street as prime minister.

    David Cameron talking outside 10 Downing Street

    Speaking outside No 10 after visiting Buckingham Palace, he said the UK was "on the brink of something special".

    The Conservatives have 330 seats - four more than needed for a Commons majority - their first such victory since 1992.

  8. Knowsley Council

    Labour hold

    Knowsley Council wards have now been declared - with Labour successfully defending 22 seats.

  9. Labour 'way off pace' in North West

    BBC North West Tonight

    Liverpool University's Professor Jon Tonge says Labour was "way off the pace" in the region although it claimed the notable scalp of Conservative employment minister Esther McVey in the Wirral West constituency.

    He also says Leigh's Andy Burnham is "in pole position" in the new race to be Labour leader while Westmorland & Lonsdale's Tim Farron was "the only obvious successor" and a "shoo-in" to replace the outgoing Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

  10. Hyndburn Council

    Labour hold

    Hyndburn Council has been held by Labour, with two gains in seats previously held by independents.

  11. MP 'genuinely humbled'

    Sally Naden

    BBC Radio Lancashire presenter

    Rosie Cooper was emotional after she doubled her majority in Lancashire West.

    Rosie Cooper

    The re-elected Labour MP told me she was "absolutely delighted" but "genuinely humbled" by her majority of 8,360.

  12. Oldham Council

    Labour hold

    Oldham Council remains under Labour control after it successfully defended all its seats.

  13. Liverpool City Council

    Labour hold

    Liverpool City Council remains under Labour control. The ruling party gained three seats one each from Lib Dem, Liberal and Independent.

  14. Trafford Council

    Conservative hold

    The Tories have held on to Trafford Council with a majority of five seats.

  15. Bolton West

    MP wins after 'knife-edge' count

    Conservative Chris Green has said he was on a "knife-edge" as the votes were counted for the Bolton West constituency.

    Chris Green

    He took the seat from Labour's Julie Ann Hilling with a majority of 801.

    He said: "Looking at the bundles - I couldn't call it."

    Labour also won the seat narrowly at the last general election after several recounts.

  16. Coming up

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On the lunchtime show... we bring you all the news on the region's results in the general election.

    The Conservatives hold key seats but Employment Minister Ester McVey loses out, Labour falls short in targets across the region, missing out from High Peak to Pendle, Weaver Vale to Bury North and the Lib Dems all but disappear with four of their six MPs are defeated.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30/18:30

  17. Burnham bookies' favourite

    Andy Burnham, who has been re-elected as MP for Leigh, is the joint favourite to become the new Labour leader by bookmakers.

    Andy Burnham and Ed Miliband

    The shadow health secretary is the the top pick, alongside Streatham MP Chuka Umunna, with his odds currently standing between 2/1 and 9/2.

  18. Knowsley local election count underway

    Knowsley Council tweets: Counting now underway in the #Knowsley#LE2015

    Knowsley Council local election count
  19. 'Buck stops' with Ed Miliband

    Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who comfortably held his seat in Rochdale, said Ed Miliband's Labour campaign had the "wrong personnel in place" and focused on the "wrong policies".

    Simon Danczuk, Labour Rochdale

    He said the "buck stops" with Ed Miliband and that he is looking forward to having a "sensible and orderly leadership election campaign."

  20. Lancaster and Fleetwood

    Cat that got the cream

    Tim Padfield

    BBC Radio Lancashire

    A very happy Cat Smith after becoming the new Lancaster and Fleetwood MP with a majority of 1265.

    Catherine Smith
  21. Mayor Anderson: Tory win 'devastating' for Liverpool

    Liverpool Echo

    Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has today warned of the "devastating" impact of five more years of Tory policies.

    Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson

    He said the city would continue to be decimated by swingeing cuts and that by 2017 the council would be unable to provide anything but bare minimum services.

  22. Liverpool local election count underway

    Liverpool Council tweets: Counting in 2015 #localelections getting underway. We'll tweet the winning party for each ward. More info will be at:

  23. BreakingClegg resigns


    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirms he is resigning as Lib Dem leader after his party suffered what he called a "crushing" defeat in a general election.

    Nick Clegg
  24. Little change in Lancashire

    Little has changed in Lancashire's political landscape.

    Labour made two gains with Catherine Smith taking the seat from the Conservatives in Lancaster and & Fleetwood - and Julie Cooper winning Burnley from the Liberal Dem's Gordon Birtwistle.

    Julie Cooper

    In total, Labour kept hold of six seats in the county while the Tories retained eight.

  25. Tameside has first woman MP

    In Ashton-under-Lyne, Labour held the seat with the electorate choosing the first female MP in Tameside's history.

    Angela Rayner

    Angela Rayner succeeded David Heyes who stood down for health reasons and won with almost 50% of the vote.

    She praised for her fellow female candidates saying they were "all fantastic candidates who had a fantastic campaign".

  26. Bring me sunshine

    Re-elected Conservative MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale David Morris referred to the late comedian Eric Morecambe from the resort in his acceptance speech.

    David Morris

    He promised to "bring the sunshine back" to the area after he retained the seat with a majority of 4,590.

    'Bring Me Sunshine' was the theme tune to the Morecambe and Wise TV show.

  27. 'You ain't seen the last of me yet!'

    The Conservatives' employment minister Esther McVey has been speaking after being ousted from her Wirral West seat by Labour.

    Esther McVey

    She said: "I was the only Conservative MP on Merseyside and it shows we have a lot more to do.

    "You have your highs and lows in politics, but I'm going to pick myself up, dust myself down, and I'm going back out there to become an MP because I believe in the Conservative party and all it stands for - you ain't seen the last of me yet!"

  28. What happened in Cheshire

    In case you have missed the results in Cheshire, Labour defeated the Conservatives in the City of Chester by the narrowest of margins, with two recounts required.

    The Chester count

    Chris Matheson becomes MP for the constituency, with Conservative Stephen Mosley losing out by just 93 votes.

    However, the Conservatives held all their other Cheshire seats, with Crewe & Nantwich, Congleton, Macclesfield, Weaver Vale, Eddisbury and Warrington South all remaining resolutely blue.

  29. Merseyside winners

    In case you've missed the results , Labour have had a successful night in Merseyside turning the area into a Tory-free zone.

    Esther McVey

    They didn't lose a seat and took the scalp of the Conservative's employment minister Esther McVey in Wirral West.

    Labour's Margaret Greenwood secured victory by just over 400 votes.

  30. Mixed night for Straw family

    Newly elected Blackburn MP Kate Hollern says her predecessor Jack Straw will be "over the moon" she increased his majority for Labour by 2,904.

    Kate Hollern

    Mr Straw had been the town's MP since 1979 before he recently retired.

    However, the news wasn't so good for Mr Straw's son. Will Straw, Labour's candidate for the Rossendale & Darwen constituency failed in his bid to unseat Conservative Jake Berry.

  31. Miliband compared to Gerrard's slip


    Ed Miliband is being compared to Liverpool's Steven Gerrard on social media, after Labour's General Election 2015 slip-up.

    Steven Gerrard

    The Metro says despite putting himself into a 3-0 early lead, Miliband's election turned into Liverpool's failed title bid from last season.

  32. Andy Burnham a fair bet?

    Jon Tonge, politics professor at University of Liverpool, tweets: Andy Burnham 9/4 to be next Labour leader. A fair price. #GE2015

  33. BreakingMiliband 'to quit as leader'


    Ed Miliband set to quit as Labour leader after poor #GE2015 performance, sources tell BBC

    Ed Miliband
  34. What can Esther McVey do now?

    Liverpool Echo

    What are the options for Esther McVey now she has lost her Wirral West seat?

    Esther McVey

    The Tory minister, 47, refused ahead of the election to talk about what her future might hold if she is beaten by Labour - but the Liverpool Echo has come up with a few suggestions.

  35. A hard day's night

    BBC Radio Lancashire

    It has been a long night but spare a thought for those people who were up through the wee small hours counting the votes.

    Counters in South Ribble

    Some counters at South Ribble are looking forward to getting to their beds today!

  36. BreakingCrewe & Nantwich

    Conservative Hold

    Edward Timpson holds the Conservative seat in Crewe & Nantwich with a decreased majority of 3,620.

  37. Cheadle

    'Swimming against the tide'

    Liberal Democrat Mark Hunter lost his Cheadle seat saying: "Sometimes you have to accept that you can't swim against the national tide."

    Mark Hunter

    Mary Robinson gained the seat for the Tories with a majority of 6453.

  38. BreakingCongleton

    Conservative Hold

    The Conservatives hold Congleton as Fiona Bruce is re-elected with a majority of 16,773 - a 9,710 increase.

  39. Lancaster and Fleetwood

    Defeated Ollerenshaw's reaction

    Conservative Eric Ollerenshaw who failed to retain his Lancaster and Fleetwood said he hoped he "hadn't let anyone down" after a "long and hard battle".

    Eric Ollerenshaw

    Labour's Catherine Smith gained the seat with a majority of 1,265.

  40. BreakingStalybridge & Hyde

    Labour Hold

    Jonathan Reynolds re-elected as the Labour MP for Stalybridge & Hyde with a majority of 6,686 - a 3,942 increase.

  41. Stalybridge & Hyde

    Sleeping through it all

    We still haven't had verification in Stalybridge and Hyde but at least MP Jonathan Reynolds' nine-week-old baby Seth is managing to sleep through the boredom.

    Jonathan Reynolds with baby

    "He's been on the campaign trail since he was seven weeks old. He was door-stepping for 12 hours one day this week," said Mr Reynolds.

  42. BreakingMacclesfield

    Conservative Hold

    David Rutley is re-elected as the Conservative MP for Macclesfield, increasing his majority by 2,852 to 14,811.

  43. BreakingDenton & Reddish

    Labour Hold

    Labour's Andrew Gwynne holds his seat in Denton & Reddish after being re-elected with a majority of 10,511 - an increase of 680.

  44. Macclesfield

    Result imminent

    BBC Radio Manchester

    tweets: #GE2015MANC Result imminent for Macclesfield. Turn-out 69.51%

  45. Lancaster and Fleetwood

    New MP praises predecessor

    Labour's Catherine Smith, who took Lancaster and Fleetwood from Conservatives with a majority of 1,265, has paid tribute to her predecessor Eric Ollerenshaw's work in the constituency.

    The MP elect said she would represent and champion the people of Lancaster and Fleetwood "to the best of my ability".

  46. BreakingMorecambe & Lunesdale

    Conservative Hold

    The final result for Lancashire sees Conservative David Morris re-elected for Morecambe & Lunesdale with an increased majority of 3,724.

  47. BreakingAshton-under-Lyne

    Labour Hold

    Angela Rayner holds the Labour seat in Ashton-under-Lyne with a majority of 10,756 - an increase of 1,662.

  48. BreakingLancaster & Fleetwood

    Labour Gain

    Labour's Catherine Smith has taken Lancaster & Fleetwood from the Conservative's Eric Ollerenshaw with a majority of 1,265.

  49. Lancaster and Lunesdale

    Bundles recounted

    Tim Padfield, BBC Radio Lanashire at Salt Ayre

    We thought the Lancaster and Fleetwood result was imminent but the bundles are being recounted to make sure they tally.

    It isn't a full recount so it isn't super close but they are checking the bundles tally.

    The mood has changed here though - the Conservative candidate Eric Ollerenshaw is looking rather glum but the Labour candidate Catherine Smith is looking cagey, too.

  50. Wirral South

    Labour Hold

    Alison McGovern re-elected for the Labour seat in Wirral South with a majority of 4,599, an increase of 4,068.

  51. Merseyside a 'Tory-free zone'

    Labour's Bill Esterson who held Sefton Central tweets: Merseyside is a Tory free zone. We have to take a leading role in fighting the Tories and their disastrous plans for the country

  52. Cheadle

    No interviews

    BBC Radio Manchester

    After Mary Robinson wins for the Tories in Cheadle, former Lib Dem MP Mark Hunter makes a short speech but refuses to do media interviews.

  53. Recount in Lancaster & Fleetwood

    Beccy Meehan

    North West Tonight

    Lancaster & Fleetwood recount is underway... #GE2015

    Lancaster & Fleetwood count

    Remember, last time it was 333 votes between Lab and Cons.

  54. Bootle

    Labour hold off UKIP

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    Labour hold Bootle, with Sefton council leader Peter Dowd becoming MP and winning a massive majority with 33,619 of the votes.

    UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall came in second, but was way behind with 4,915 votes.

  55. City of Chester

    Razor thin majority

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire political reporter, BBC News

    The final numbers in Chester - razor thin Labour majority:

  56. Warrington South

    More disappointment for Labour

    Arif Ansari

    Political editor, North West

    Tories hold Warrington South. Another disappointing result for Labour. It was their number-4 target in NW. #GE2015

  57. Morecambe and Lunesdale

    A key seat for the Tories?

    Tim Padfield

    BBC Radio Lancashire

    David Morris who is hoping to retain the Morecambe and Lunesdale seat for Conservatives is looking confident.

    He had a majority of 866 in the last general election.

    If I had to put my money on it, I think, if he can retain this seat, it could put the Tories back in power.

  58. BreakingWarrington South

    Conservative Hold

    David Mowat retains the Conservative seat in Warrington South, increasing his majority by 1,197 to 2,750.

  59. Hyndburn

    Graham Jones 'pleased and humbled'

    Labour's Graham Jones says he is "tired but pleased and most of all humbled" to have held on to his Hyndburn seat in Lancashire.

    Graham Jones MP

    He won with a majority of 4,400 an increase of 1,310 on the 2010 general election.

  60. BreakingCity of Chester

    Labour Gain

    Labour's Chris Matheson takes the City of Chester from Conservative Stephen Mosley with a narrow 93 majority.

  61. Greater Manchester: Results update

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Here's a round-up of some key developments across Greater Manchester, where the Labour Party have taken Manchester Withington from the Liberal Democrats with a huge majority.

    John Leech

    On a bad night for the Liberal Democrats, they also lost Cheadle and Hazel Grove to the Tories who also took their number one North West target of Bolton West from Labour.

    Labour held on to Heywood & Middleton, successfully fending off a challenge from second-placed UKIP.

  62. Sandwiches out in Salt Ayre

    Tim Padfield

    BBC Radio Lancashire at Salt Ayre

    Well more sandwiches have come out at Salt Ayre Sports Centre so we're not expecting the results of the Lancaster and Fleetwood and Morecambe and Lunesdale anytime soon.

    They might be one of the closest contested seats in Lancashire but they are also the slowest to count.

    The word here is that we won't find out who has won for about an hour, possibly as late as 09:00.

  63. BreakingCheadle

    Conservative Gain

    Conservative Mary Robinson takes the Cheadle seat from the Lib Dem's Mark Hunter with a 6,453 majority.

  64. Cheadle

    Result coming in

    CHEADLE RESULT coming in soon ... #GE2015

  65. Ribble Valley

    Thrilled with 'thumping majority'

    Conservative's Nigel Evans says he was absolutely thrilled to hold on to his seat in the Ribble Valley, particularly after a high profile court case last year in which he was cleared of a string of sex abuse charges.

    Nigel Evans

    "Two years ago I went through hell and the people and prime minister stood by me and today my constituents have stood by me and gave me a thumping majority I could never have dreamt of," he said.

    Mr Evans, who won with a majority of 13,606, said his ninth election makes him the longest serving Tory MP in the North West.

  66. Chester

    So close in Chester

    Arif Ansari

    Political editor, North West

    I'm being told there are about 70 votes in the Chester result. Possible second recount. #GE2015

  67. BreakingTatton

    Conservative Hold

    George Osborne keeps his Conservative seat in Tatton increasing his majority by 3,754 to 18,241

  68. BreakingWeaver Vale

    Conservative Hold

    Conservative Graham Evans is re-elected in Weaver Vale with a majority of just 806 over Labour's Julia Tickridge.

  69. Cheadle

    Still waiting

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Still waiting for the result in Cheadle. We should get one soon. Expect a Conservative gain.

  70. Warrington South

    Too close to call

    Arif Ansari

    Political editor, North West

    Labour says Warrington South is too close to call. Tories say they think they've just won. #GE2015

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  72. BreakingWarrington North

    Labour Hold

    Labour's Helen Jones retains the seat of Warrington North increasing her majority by 2,152 to 8,923.

  73. Elected for a fifth time

    Labour's Gordon Marsden tweets: Proud to be elected for the 5th time by the people of Blackpool South with increased majority. Huge thanks my Labour team & ctty volunteers

    Gordon Marsden
  74. Another recount in Chester?

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire political reporter, BBC News

    Possibility of another recount here in #Chester - VERY VERY close

  75. Liverpool counts are finished

    BBC Radio Merseyside tweets: The last count @LiverpoolTC is declared & already the vote counters have disappeared to put on their PJs #GE2015.

    Labour winners in Liverpool

    The winning Labour candidates (from left to right) are: Steve Rotheram, Luciana Berger Louise Ellman, Maria Eagle, and Stephen Twigg.

  76. BreakingSouth Ribble

    Conservative Hold

    Conservative's Seema Kennedy holds South Ribble with a majority of 5,945 over Labour

  77. BreakingStretford & Urmston

    Labour Hold

    Kate Green has retained the seat of Stretford & Urmston in Greater Manchester increasing her majority by 2,750 to 11,685.

  78. City of Chester

    Recount under way

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire political reporter, BBC News

    Recount under way in Chester - looks like it could come down to 50 votes

    Votes being counted in Chester
  79. Chester

    Possible Tory loss?

    Arif Ansari

    Political editor, North West

    Tory sources think they have lost Chester. Labour's number-9 target in the region. #GE2015

  80. BreakingStockport

    Labour Hold

    Labour's Ann Coffey holds Stockport with a majority of 10,061.

  81. BreakingSefton Central

    Labour Hold

    Labour's Bill Esterson is re-relected in the Sefton Central seat with a majority of 11,846.

  82. BreakingBolton North East

    Labour Hold

    Labour's David Crausby retains Bolton North East with a majority of 4,377

  83. BreakingManchester Central

    Labour Hold

    Lucy Powell retains Manchester Central with an increased majority of 18,639.

  84. BreakingRibble Valley

    Conservative Hold

    Conservative Nigel Evans holds Ribble Valley with a reduced majority of 13,606

  85. BreakingSalford & Eccles

    Labour Hold

    Labour's Rebecca Long-Bailey holds Salford & Eccles with a majority of 12,541.

  86. North West round-up

    Seats to change hands so far

    Emma Stanley

    BBC North West News Online

    Labour have gained Burnley and Manchester Withington from the Lib Dems, and Wirral West from the Conservatives.

    The Tories won Bolton West from Labour and Hazel Grove from the Lib Dems.

  87. BreakingBlackpool North and Cleveleys

    Conservative Hold

    Conservative Paul Maynard retains Blackpool North & Cleveleys with an increased 3,340 majority.

  88. BreakingEllesmere Port & Neston

    Labour Hold

    Labour's Justin Madders wins for Labour in Ellesmere Port & Neston with a majority of 6,275.

  89. BreakingFylde

    Conservative Hold

    Conservative Mark Menzies retains Fylde with a majority of 13,224.

  90. BreakingOldham East & Saddleworth

    Labour Hold

    Labour's Debbie Abrahams is re-elected in the Oldham East & Saddleworth seat with a majority of 6,002 and swing of 4%.

  91. Hazel Grove

    Conservative winner

    Conservative winner William Wragg makes his acceptance speech after winning Hazel Grove from the Liberal Democrats with a 6,552 majority.

    William Wragg
  92. BreakingWyre and Preston North

    Conservative Hold

    Tory Ben Wallace retains Wyre and Preston North with a reduced majority.

  93. BreakingManchester Withington

    Labour Gain

    Jeff Smith beats Lib Dem John Leech to win Manchester Withington for Labour.

  94. BreakingLiverpool Walton

    Labour Hold

    Steve Rotheram retains Liverpool Walton for Labour with an increased majority.

  95. BreakingEddisbury

    Conservative Hold

    Antoinette Sandbach holds Eddisbury for Conservative Party. New MP for constituency after previous MP Steven O'Brien steps down to take another post.

  96. BreakingHazel Grove

    Conservative Gain

    William Wragg wins Hazel Grove for the Tories with a majority of 6,552 and a swing of 15.2% from the Lib Dems,

  97. Rochdale

    Danczuk 'humbled'

    Bronwyn Jones

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Labour's Simon Danczuk says he is "pleased and humbled" to have held Rochdale for Labour by increasing his majority to 12,442.


    He says it is the largest majority in the constituency's history.

    He won with 20,961 votes, with UKIP coming second on 8,519.

  98. BreakingBolton West

    Conservative Gain

    Chris Green beats Julie Hilling to win Bolton West for the Conservatives.

  99. BreakingBury North

    Conservative Hold

    Conservative David Nuttall retains Bury North after a recount.

  100. Sefton Central

    Final furlong?

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Sun coming up at Aintree racecourse but still no result at Sefton Central. Must be in the final furlong now! #GE2015

  101. BreakingHigh Peak

    Conservative Hold

    Conservative Andrew Bingham retains High Peak

  102. Weaver Vale

    Declaration time

    BBC North West Tonight reporter Mark Edwardson

    Update from Weaver Vale constituency - declaration now expected at 0600. Likely to be close - was one of Lab's top targets @BBCNWT

  103. BreakingBlackpool South

    Labour Hold

    Gordon Marsden holds Blackpool South for Labour with a majority of 2,585.

  104. BreakingWirral West

    Labour Gain

    Labour's Margaret Greenwood takes Wirral West from Conservative Esther McVey with a majority of 417, a swing of 3.6%

  105. BreakingManchester Gorton

    Labour Hold

    Labour's Gerald Kaufman retains Manchester Gorton with an increased majority of 2,585.

  106. BreakingPendle

    Conservative Hold

    Andrew Stephenson retains Pendle with an increased majority for the Conservatives.

  107. Bury North

    Declaration time

    BBC Radio Manchester:

    Bury North result expected about 05:30 after recount.#GE2015MANC

  108. Salford and Eccles

    Declaration imminent

    BBC Radio Manchester

    The Salford results are imminent. We've a recount of 4 wards in Worsley and Eccles South, that's now completed. Odds and ends to tie up.

  109. BreakingOldham West & Royton

    Labour Hold

    Labour's Michael Meacher retains Oldham West & Royton with a majority of 14,738