Updated: Wednesday, 17th July 2019 @ 5:08pm

Local elections 2019 as they happened: Results, coverage and reaction as third of council seats contested across Greater Manchester

Local elections 2019 as they happened: Results, coverage and reaction as third of council seats contested across Greater Manchester

| By MM staff

People across Greater Manchester today headed for the voting stations to cast their ballot in an important round of council elections.

The polling stations closed at 10pm and the task of counting up those tens of thousands of votes will begin not just here but across the country.

MM reporters are at counts across Greater Manchester bringing you results as they are announced, reaction and analysis.

One third of council seats are up for grabs, in what's poised to be valuable insight into how people in the region - and indeed the country - are feeling about the major parties in the midst of Brexit turmoil.