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Candidates say Labour to retain control of council

PUBLISHED: 02:15 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:54 25 August 2010

CANDIDATES in Greenwich say the council election results will see Labour retain control, while all eyes are on the marginal parliamentary seat of Eltham.

CANDIDATES in Greenwich say the council election results will see Labour retain control, while all eyes are on the marginal parliamentary seat of Eltham.

Polls closed just over three hours ago, with the count being conducted in the London Soccer Drome, in East Parkside, Greenwich Peninsula.

Incumbent conservative councillor Spencer Drury for Eltham North and parliamentary candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich, fears the Tory swing nationally has not resulted in more seat gains on the Labour run Greenwich council.

He said: "There has not been a Lib Dem affect, and it looks as thought things have not gone the way we wanted. I am focusing on the council elections more. I would like us to win more council seats."

Incumbent Labour councillor John Fahy said he believes Labour will gain seats on Greenwich council, and also retain both parliamentary seats of Woolwich and Greenwich and Eltham.

There has been no sign of Conservative parliamentary candidate for Eltham David Gold, or incumbent Labour MP Clive Efford.

Incumbent Labour councillor Alex Grant, of Blackheath and Westcombe ward said the key council wards to watch are his own, Kidbrooke, and Middle Park and Sutcliffe.

Results in the parliamentary elections are predicted by 3am.

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