Now showing live, protests in Madrid

“We don’t have a house, we live in the square.”

There has been little coverage of the ongoing protests over here, but the Spanish continue to camp out and congregate in city squares around the country. The newly imposed ban on demonstrations in the lead-up to Sunday's election appears to have done nothing to deter those who have been gathering since last Sunday, mainly during the evenings, in their tens of thousands.

A common chant goes, "We don't have a house, we live in the square" – this in a country where five million are out of work and 45 per cent of the under-30s are unemployed.

Spaniards in the UK, too, have been vocal. Hundreds have gathered outside the embassy in London since Wednesday and will continue to do so throughout the weekend.

But rather than read about it, the best way to follow this movement may be from its very epicentre, Madrid's Puerta del Sol. Follow it live here.

Alice Gribbin is a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was formerly the editorial assistant at the New Statesman.

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The New Statesman 2016 local and devolved elections liveblog

Results and analysis from elections across the United Kingdom. 

Welcome to the New Statesman's elections liveblog. Results will be coming in from the devolved legislatures in Scotland and Wales, local elections in England, and the mayoral contests in London, Salford, Bristol and Liverpool. Hit refresh for updates!

22:09: Rumours that professional Scouser Andy Burnham is considering a bid for Greater Manchester mayor according to Sky News. Not sure if this is a) a typo for Merseyside or b) a rumour or c) honestly I don't know. More as I find out. 

22:06: Conservatives are feeling good about Trafford, one of the few councils they run in the North West.

22:03: Polls have closed. Turnout looks to be low in London. What that means is anyone's guess to be honest. There isn't really a particular benefit to Labour if turnout is high although that is a well-worn myth. In the capital in particular, turnout isn't quite as simple a zero-sum game as all that. Labour are buoyant, but so are the Tories. In Scotland, well, the only questions are whether or not the SNP will win every single first past the post seat or just the overwhelming majority. Both Labour and Tory sources are downplaying their chances of prevailing in the battle for second place at Holyrood, so make of that what you will. And in Wales, Labour look certain to lose seats but remain in power in some kind of coalition deal. 

22:00: Good evening. I'm your host, Stephen Bush, and I'll be with you throughout the night as results come in from throughout the country. The TV screens are on, I've just eaten, and now it's time to get cracking. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.