Local elections results LIVE: Hartlepool by-election victory due for Tories as Labour ‘give up’ on Red Wall seat

BORIS Johnson is on the brink of seizing Hartlepool from Labour this morning with another seismic election night set to further redraw Britain’s political map.

The Tories are set to win the North East town for the first time in more than 50 years after Sir Keir Starmer’s party conceded defeat.

And they’ve also made huge gains in key council areas, including Harlow in Essex and Nuneaton and Bedworth, in Warwickshire.

Clinching the two bellwether seats from Labour will provide an enormous mid-term boost to the PM.

But the results present an “existential” crisis for Sir Keir, and will throw further doubts over his future leadership of the left-wing party.

Welcome to The Sun’s Election 2021 live blog, where you’ll find all the latest results news and updates on the largest local vote in decades.

Approximately 48 million people were able to cast a vote for about 4,650 positions of power today – a much larger number than usual after much of the voting was delayed last year due to covid.

Polls closed at 10pm Thursday evening and a standard election would see votes counted overnight and declared the following day.

But this year some counts won’t take place until Friday or even Saturday this year with coronavirus measures expected to slow the process down.

Some polling centres are being used for vaccinations or cannot facilitate social distancing.

We’ll bring you everything you need to know to keep up to date as counting up and down the country begins.

Read our Local Elections 2021 live blog below for up to the minute updates…

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