Number of councillors After 150 of 150 councils
  1. Labour, 2350 councillors, +79
  2. Conservative, 1332 councillors, -35
  3. Liberal Democrat, 536 councillors, +75
  4. Green, 39 councillors, +8
  5. UKIP, 3 councillors, -123
  6. Others, 144 councillors, -4

Dogs at polling stations: Voters' pooches at the polls

Image copyright Hannah Ingram
Image caption Hannah Ingram tweeted this photo of leaders from opposing parties going head-to-head in Ramsbottom

As dog lovers across England go to the polls for the council and mayoral elections, their canine companions will be waiting faithfully regardless of how they vote.

The hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has been trending on Twitter as owners and their four-legged friends spot a photo opportunity not to be sniffed at.

While voters may switch their political alliance, here is a celebration of the trusty hounds who always remain loyal.

Image copyright Richard de Lioncourt
Image caption Rocco enjoyed his trip to the polls in Tameside, Greater Manchester
Image copyright Phoebe
Image caption Phoebe was interested to see local democracy in action in Chorlton, Manchester

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Image copyright Edward Packard
Image caption This Shar Pei named Prune accompanied his owner Edward in Ipswich
Image copyright @HagridLeonberg
Image caption Hermione and Hagrid's owner was exercising their democratic right - and their four-legged friends
Image copyright Haley Storey
Image caption Buddy was happy to accompany his human Haley to the polls in Portsmouth
Image copyright Blueberry McScruffin
Image caption Blueberry McScruffin the sprocker exercised her democratic right in Whitley Bay
Image copyright @DachshundOtt
Image caption Ava the Dachshund looked pensive as she waited to hear the outcome of her owner's vote
Image copyright Caroline Criado Perez
Image caption Poppy in north London proved all creatures great and small could take their owners to vote
Image caption The BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith's dog had plans for a game of fetch after the poll

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