RECAP: How Sunderland City Council local elections 2021 unfolded as Labour took a battering in Wearside

The final results for the Sunderland City Council local elections are now in.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 5:15 am
It was a tough night for Labour in Sunderland

The Echo team worked through the night to keep readers up-to-date with the results as they came in. Here’s how the count unfolded:

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Sunderland City Council elections 2021

Last updated: Friday, 07 May, 2021, 24:36

  • Labour suffered heavy damage from the Lib Dems and Tories
  • Cabinet member Rebecca Atkinson and former deputy council leader Michael Mordey are among Labour councillors to lose seats
  • The new breakdown of seats on Sunderland City Council is Labour 42, Conservatives 18, Lib Dems 12 and UKIP 3

We’re now into the last hour of voting. Polling stations close at 10pm - so make a dash for it if you’re still planning to vote.

The count in Sunderland is usually a frenzied sea of activity, but social-distancing and other covid-secure measures mean things are quite different this year. There is certainly no rush to be first.

Pictures show some of the covid-secure measures in use at the count

Reporter James Harrison: “Consider yourselves warned - Sunderland returning officer Pat Melia has just promised to send home anyone who isn’t following social distancing rules tonight. ‘We’ve done this for a year - please do it properly tonight.’”

I dump ‘em, you count ‘em

Returning officer Pat Melia is the man in the grey suit. He is overseeing the count, though his day job is as Sunderland City Council’s chief executive.

Pictures from inside the count

Labour lose Hendon to the Liberal Democrats

First Sunderland result of the night confirmed is Hendon, where former deputy council leader Michael Mordey has lost his seat to the Lib Dems

Simon John AYRE (Conservative Party) 377

Helmut IZAKS (Green Party) 110

Martin MOORE (UKIP) 75

Dale Michael MORDEY (Labour and Co-operative Party) 849

Ciaran Joseph MORRISSEY (Liberal Democrat) 1029 Rejected - 17 Turnout 30.7%

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