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Local elections 2021: Polls open for biggest local and devolved contests in decades

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Elections 2021 – when will we all know the outcomes?

Polling stations have opened for voters throughout the nation to forged their ballots in the biggest set of local and devolved contests in decades exterior of a basic election.

On what has been referred to as “Super Thursday” by some, voters in Scotland and Wales could have their say on their nationwide representatives in Holyrood and the Senedd respectively.

Meanwhile in England, there are a selection of mayoral contests, together with a poll in London, the place Sadiq Khan is in search of re-election for a second time period.

There are additionally greater than 140 councils working elections right now and a doubtlessly dramatic by-election in the north-east constituency of Hartlepool.

The outcomes of those votes might have profound implications for the way forward for the United Kingdom and the 2 main events, Labour and the Conservatives.

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Which elections are going down on ‘Super Thursday’?

By now, you’ll have heard that there are a whole lot of completely different elections going down right now…

The cause why there are such a lot of votes is as a result of some, such because the London mayoral elections, had been delayed final yr as a result of first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The big selection of polls being held on Thursday implies that each grownup in England, Wales and Scotland could have the prospect to forged not less than one vote – a uncommon incidence exterior of a basic election.

You can discover a transient information to all the pieces that’s occurring right now under:

Scotland and Wales will each elect members to their respective parliaments: Holyrood and the Senedd.

Results for the Scottish parliament are anticipated by Saturday night, whereas most outcomes in Wales are anticipated on Friday.

Residents in the capital could have a possibility right now to decide on representatives for the town’s Assembly and their regional mayor.

The latter contest shall be probably the most closely-watched this week as Sadiq Khan seeks a second time period.

As properly as London’s mayoral election, there will even be regional mayors elected for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands, West of England and – for the primary time – West Yorkshire.

Five local mayors will even be elected in Bristol, Doncaster, Liverpool, North Tyneside and Salford.

Local elections shall be going down throughout many components of England for county councils, district councils, unitary authorities, metropolitan boroughs in addition to Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales.

There will even be a key by-election in the north-west seat of Hartlepool after Labour’s Mike Hill stepped down in March.

Conrad Duncan6 May 2021 08:53

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Footage of Boris Johnson casting his vote earlier this morning could be discovered under:

Boris Johnson casts his vote alongside fiancee Carrie Symonds

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You can discover your polling station for right now in your ballot card or by getting into your postcode on the Electoral Commission’s web site which could be discovered under:

Conrad Duncan6 May 2021 08:24

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Boris Johnson casts his vote in London

Prime minister Boris Johnson has forged his vote at Methodist Central Hall in London this morning, showing arm-in-arm along with his fiancee Carrie Symonds.

The former London mayor arrived on the polling station simply earlier than 8am and waved at members of the press exterior the constructing earlier than making his method again to his automobile.

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Conrad Duncan6 May 2021 08:19

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It is an early begin for some this morning as polling stations open throughout the nation:

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Who is standing in my space? How to seek out listing of candidates

There are a whole lot of completely different votes occurring right now, with ballots to be forged for mayoralties, devolved governments, district, borough and unitary councils, county councils and police & crime commissioners.

With all that occurring, you’d be forgiven for not understanding precisely what is going on in your local space.

Our reporter, Vincent Wood, has put collectively a information under to discover the main points in your local candidates:

Conrad Duncan6 May 2021 07:58

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Hello and welcome to The Independent’s reside protection of right now’s local and devolved elections.

Conrad Duncan6 May 2021 07:44