Live! Barnet Borough Council local election count coverage from Allianz Park

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And here's our round-up for the evening as the Conservatives retain control of Barnet Borough Council - but wasn't it close! Goodnight.

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Conservative Richard Cornelius will continue to be council leader for the next four years:

He said: “It’s a brave new world for Barnet in so many ways. I’m very pleased.

“It was looking quite close for a bit. It took us a long way to get there, but eventually we did.

“We’re back in action, we look forward to delivering all those services.”

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This isn't a bad way to end the evening...
 

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Liberal Democrat Jack Cohen has retained his seat in Child’s Hill. He’s the only Liberal Democrat on Barnet Borough Council.

He said: “I’m stunned. The way it was going, I didn’t expect this at all. It’s unbelievable really. It just shows if you’ve got a good reputation you can beat the trend.

“I believe in working for the people, and I’ll continue to do that.

“I don’t know how it will work yet because as the only Liberal Democrat I’ll be on my own.”

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Anyone got a calculator?
 

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Harrow Times reporter Bruce Thain spotted a familiar face on BBC London News: Our own photographer Peter Beal (right) chatting to Barnet Council leader Richard Cornelius...
 

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High Barnet Councillor Wendy Prentice said: “We will work for all the people in High Barnet, even those who didn’t vote for us.

"We’re exhausted, we’ve been here for 16 hours, but it’s all been worth it. All the hard work we’ve put in over the last four years has paid off.”

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Newly elected Labour councillor Adam Langleben, representing West Hendon, said: "We thought it would be tight, but we won it with a larger majority than last time.

"Now that all three councillors in West Hendon are Labour, normal service shall be resumed."

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New Labour cllr for Underhill said, Amy Trevethan, said: “As Labour Parliamentary candidate, it’s good news.

“Together with Rebecca Challice, I hope to be a strong voice for all the young people in Barnet who have been so badly let down by the Tories.”

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Mill Hill Conservative cllr Sury Khatri said: “I feel elated. I thought the Liberal Democrats might get it, I thought my time on the council was numbered.

“I can’t wait to continue serving the residents of Barnet, it shows they’ve got faith in me. I always try to do better than I have done, and improve on myself.”

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Leader of the council, Councillor Richard Cornelius has retained his seat in Totteridge, alongside his wife Councillor Alison Cornelius. Brian Coleman lost his seat to Conservative's Caroline Stock.

Cllr Richard Cornelius told the Times Series: "I'm delighted to represent Totteridge - it's very important to me."

Referring to Coleman's ousting, he said they had "coped with the difficulty" and that the "people have spoken".

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Not sure I can...

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After being re-elected to stand in West Finchley as a Labour councillor, Kath McGuirk said: “We’re a very cultured borough and taking a scalp from the man who wanted to close libraries is a good thing.

“It’s always been Thatchers heartland, it’s a hard fight, but we’ve kept it. It shows people believe in us and our Labour values.”

Her colleague, Cllr Jim Tierney, said he was delighted to stand again.

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Conservative Daniel Seal said he was "overwhelmed" to be re-elected in Garden Suburb ward.

He said: "I'm totally humbled and honoured to be elected again to serve the residents of Garden Suburb. I think the residents have spoken and they are happy with me, the Conservative Party and what we're doing."

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Oakleigh Councillor Brian Sallinger is entering his 33rd year as a councillor.

He said: “I’m delighted to be serving again. It looks as though we’re going to keep a Conservative majority on the council, but it could be slim. It might be hard work for all of us.”

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From newly elected East Finchley Labour councillor Alon Or-bach:
 

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Oakleigh candidate Philip Clayton, standing for the Left Unity party, told the Times Series he was 'amazed' to have received only 107 votes.

After the results were announced, he stood on stage shouting: "Is this what you want? Cuts to the disabled children, cuts to housing?

"They'll sell the parks, sell the libaries.

"Go on, carry on cutting."

People in the audience responded with "how mature" as he walked out of the room in anger.

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Labour’s Rebecca Challice is the youngest person on the council at just 19.

She'll represent East Barnet, with her colleagues Laurie Williams and Phillip Cohen.

She said: “I didn’t want to assume – but now I’m so happy to have been given this chance.

“I can’t wait to see what I can do for the people of East Barnet.”

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After East Finchley results were announced, Labour's Alison Moore said: “There’s always a part of you that’s nervous, no matter how r long how long you’ve been a councillor.

“I’m delighted to be re-elected. East Finchley has a wonderful community.”

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Brian Gordon, who has moved from Hale Ward to Edgware, said: “I’m a lifelong Edgware resident and I’ll make sure it continues to be a fine beacon of Barnet.”

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Edgware Cllr Helena Hart, Conservative, told the Times Series: “I’ve got a lot of plans – the biggest thing on the horizon is the Royal Free’s proposed acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm, I’ll make sure that all runs smoothly."

Having always been passionate about health issues in the borough, she is also looking forward to launching a series of outdoor gyms in parks.

“Other than that, I’m looking forward to continuing to represent the people of Barnet.”

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Conservative Mark Shooter, who has retained his seat in Hendon, said: “I am over the moon, I am going to continue our good work on the council.

"I hope we have a majority still. It’s looking good downstairs. It shows people are still happy with the way the council is run.”

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Our results page is now updated with the Hendon results... http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/electionresults/local_elections_2014/constituency/439/

 

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Sat in a side room at Allianz Park where the poll results will be announced. Very quiet and far away from the hustle and bustle of the counting room.

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Meanwhile, in Hampstead Garden Suburb, Conservative's Danny Seal said: “We think it could stay a Conservative borough. I’m confident about it.”

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Green Party candidate Poppy AM, standing in High Barnet, hopes to triple the party’s stronghold in the borough.

“I know it’s quite a tall order, but this may happen.

“I’m totally exhausted from the campaign, but I know I’ve done all I can.”

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And UKIP’s Adrian Murray-Leonard – also standing in West Hendon – said: “It’s too early to say, but we’ve done well, I’m sure of it.”

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Labour candidate Dr Devra Kay, who is standing in West Hendon said: “I just keep thinking about the wonderful things I can do for the area. I’ve got a vision, to bring it alive. We’ve got big plans for the people.

“For now, we just have to wait and see what happens.”

She also thanked Councillor Julie Johnson, for being her ‘mentor’.

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Suzette Palmer, who is retiring from being a Liberal Democrat councillor after 22 years, said: “I’m excited –I’ve loved my time on the council, but Sunday will be the first day of the rest of my life.”

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Meanwhile Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Councillor Jack Cohen said there was a "good feeling" for his party among Barnet's electorate but that the national party's unpopularity could have an effect on votes. 

He said: "We worked incredibly hard in this campaign and on the ground we had a good feeling talking to people.

"All of them said we were the only ones that did any work in Childs Hill but we have an unpopular national party. For many people that seems to influence their vote. 

"We were also attacked by both Labour and the Conservatives. It will be very close."

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Leader of the Labour Party, Councillor Alison Moore, spoke to the Times Series as everyone eagerly awaits the Barnet count.

She said: "We had a fantastic team across Barnet yesterday and now we're waiting a result of the poll.

"It's all up to the voters - it's their votes that will decide the outcome."

Cllr Moore declined to comment further ahead of the results. 

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