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The Press Association reports:

Cheshire East Council – Macclesfield Hurdsfield:

Lab 341, Lib Dem 239, C 168, Ukip 132, Green 48. (May 2011 – Lab 526, Lib Dem 302, C 300).

Lab hold. Swing 4.4 per cent Lab to Lib Dem.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne City – Castle:

Lib Dem 1165, Lab 1043, Newcastle First 215, C 194, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 47. (May 2012 – Lib Dem 1432, Lab 991, Newcastle First 229, C 217).

Lib Dem hold. Swing 5.4 per cent Lib Dem to Lab.


Newcastle-upon-Tyne City – South Heaton:

Lab 798, Green 205, Lib Dem 114, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 69, C 52, Newcastle First 44, Ind 22. (May 2012 – Lab 1188, Green 210, Lib Dem 158, C 81, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 74).

Lab hold. Swing 5.8 per cent Lab to Green.


Rochdale Borough – Norden:

C 1081, Lab 627, Lib Dem 246, National Front 156. (May 2012 – C 1624, Lab 604, Lib Dem 175).

C hold. Swing 10.5 per cent C to Lab.

The Press Association extrapolates from the April Council byelections a Labour lead of 7% nationally – roughly in line with the opinion polls and comparing with a 15% Conservative lead when next week's council elections were last fought in 2009.

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