Updated: Saturday, 25th January 2020 @ 8:25am

Bury council elections: UKIP chair is 'confident', while Liberal Democrats remain 'anxious' awaiting results

Bury council elections: UKIP chair is 'confident', while Liberal Democrats remain 'anxious' awaiting results

By Kirsty Plowman, James McLaughlin & Sion Britton

UKIP’s Bury chair is ‘confident’ the party will do well in the council elections tonight, while the area’s Liberal Democrats fear the worst.

Lib Dem’s Vic D'Albert is up for re-election for Holyrood ward, while his wife Mary D'Albert is running for St Mary's ward.

He said: "It has been a tough campaign. We are trying to fight a local campaign against a Labour party fighting for a national campaign.

“It is going to be good night for Labour generally due to the climate we are in. People are bruised about unemployment and cuts. It is difficult to fight local elections in circumstances like this. The main thing to do is be positive.

"My wife is feeling anxious. It has been an exhausting campaign but we have done everything we can to do to get our message across."

Meanwhile UKIP’s Bury chair Peter Redstone is optimistic about his party’s prospects nationally.

"I'm confident," he said.

When asked about how they may fair in Bury, he said: "I was staggered last year by the support we got. Our campaign lasted five or six weeks. Bury UKIP was started in mid-March and had the elections in May.

"We've had a full year now to get our message out to the press and raise awareness of UKIP. We're starting to establish ourselves. We can use this as a stepping stone."