A Liberal Democrat councillor in Stockport has announced his defection to Labour, making his move an hour before the polls closed.
Stuart Bodsworth, who has represented Cheadle Hulme South for 13 years, said he no longer believed the Lib Dems could achieve “the goals I seek”.
Council seats are also up for grabs in Bury, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.
In Salford, voters have been asked to elect a city mayor.
A statement announcing Mr Bodsworth’s defection was posted on Stockport Labour Party’s website at 21:00 BST.
He said: “My concern is about the Lib Dems’ ability to make a difference at a national level; not about what they have done locally.
“My decision to change party says more about the Stockport Labour Group than it does about the Stockport Lib Dem Group.”
Across England, elections have been held for more than 120 councils and the London Assembly.
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