The count for the local elections have begun in Ealing and candidates are eagerly awaiting 'with high hopes' the outcome to find out if all their campaigning has paid off.

The candidates are buzzing with excitement as they walk around the count room in Ealing Council, Perceval House, Uxbridge Road.

The current leader of the council (Labour), Julian Bell said: "I am feeling cautiously optimistic, but it's all looking pretty good so far, looks like Ealing is hopefully increasing its majority.

"It's been a tough four years, we have had to take some hard decisions but we have still managed to keep improving our services."

Leader of the Conservatives for Ealing Council, David Millican said: "I have high hopes for this, it's hard to tell at the moment as they are counting now, but I have to say don't count your chickens until all the eggs are all hatched. Let's wait and see."

Ealing has 69 councillors across 23 wards and for the past four years 38 of them have been Labour, giving them control of the council.

Votes cast in the local election will decide which party takes control of Ealing Council for the next four years and how the council spends its budget to deliver local services. Three councillors will be elected for each of the borough's 23 wards, making 69 councillors in total.  To take overall control of the council a political party will need 35 councillors or more.

Check the Ealing Council website for results of the local elections www.ealing.gov.uk

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