Election 2016: How the night unfolded

Voters arrive at a Norwich polling station. Photo by Simon Finlay

Voters arrive at a Norwich polling station. Photo by Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Follow the latest from local election night in Norwich and Great Yarmouth with our reporters in our live blog.


Voters in Norwich and Great Yarmouth went to the polls on Thursday to elect candidates to a third of council seats.

The outcome could change the make up of Norwich City Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Our reporters are tweeting live from the Norwich and Great Yarmouth counts. You can see the latest from them in the feed above.

Elections were also held on Thursday for the next Police and Crime Commissioner. The results of that election are expected on Friday afternoon.

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The count at Norwich City Council started promptly at 10pm, with postal votes which had been handed into polling stations the first to be examined and the first of the ballot boxes not far behind.

Laura McGillivray, Norwich City Council's chief executive and returning officers said: 'I think it's all gone very smoothly. I was visiting polling stations from 7am and they were all in order.

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'Some people were there at 7am and were very keen to vote.'

Norwich City Council is currently under the control of Labour. They have 22 seats to the Green Party's 14 and the three held by the Liberal Democrats.

Thirteen wards - a third of the council - are up for grabs. Of those, seven are currently Labour-held, five are Green and one is Liberal Democrat.

In these elections, the Conservatives, the Greens, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party have fielded candidates in every ward. That is a first for UKIP.

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