Polls for over 8,000 council seats on 230 councils and four mayoral positions throughout England, Elections have officially closed.
First Major Test of PM Rishi Sunak’s Popularity as Millions of Votes to be Counted
Electoral Commission Confirms Some Voters Unable to Cast Ballot Due to Photo ID Requirement
First results trickle in as counting continues overnight in 64 council areas.
Tory Losses in Brentwood, Essex: Lib Dems Gain Two Seats, Resulting in Loss of Majority in Council Chamber.
Labour has successfully retained Sefton and Exeter in the early election results, while the Tories have managed to hold on to Basildon and Redditch.
Conservatives Fall Behind as Labour and Liberal Democrats Make Gains
Conservative Party Suffers Worst Results in Generation in Traditional Heartlands During 2019 Election Seat Up for Grabs Again.
Friday to see the declaration of results, including four mayoral contests in Bedford, Leicester, Mansfield, and Middlesbrough.
Election Results Expected to be Announced at 8:00 PM BST, Possible Delays Due to Recounts.
London, Scotland, and Wales were excluded from elections. Local Elections Set for 18 May in Northern Ireland.
UK Election Deemed “Well Run” by Electoral Commission, Voter ID Rules to be Evaluated
As per a spokesperson from the Electoral Commission, new voting rules resulted in some individuals being unable to cast their vote today.
The Electoral Reform Society has reported that numerous individuals have been denied the right to vote due to the new regulations, despite their opposition to the change.
Number of Voters Turned Away Due to New Rules Unverified, Says Networkustad. Expected Figures to Emerge in Coming Days
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Seats up for election were last contested by three prime ministers in 2019, according to sources.
In the final months of Theresa May’s premiership and seven months, before Jeremy Corbyn led Labour to its worst general election result in 84 years, it was a tumultuous time for the two leading parties.
Conservatives suffer a major setback with the loss of 1,330 seats in predominantly Tory strongholds. Labor suffers significant losses in local elections, losing 84 seats, accounting for slightly more than 4% of its councilors in those regions.
Liberal Democrats emerged as the biggest winners in local elections, securing 700 seats, primarily in areas that supported Remain. Additionally, 610 independent candidates were elected to councils.
Conservatives face tough times despite significant seat losses in 2019. Local Election Results Indicate Potential Loss of Hundreds More Seats, According to Opinion Polls
Party’s Position Improves in National Election Polls Under Mr. Sunak However; much ground remains to be regained following the decline in popularity after the resignations of former Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss last year.
Chris Heaton-Harris, the Northern Ireland Secretary, has stated that his party is anticipating a challenging evening following the closure of the polls.
Conservative Party Chairman Greg Hands stated that his party might lose up to 1,000 council seats, managing expectations ahead of upcoming elections.
With a substantial lead in the opinion polls, Labor aims to translate that into a strong performance. Expectations have been downplayed as gains of approximately 400 seats are predicted.
Labour’s national campaign coordinator, Shabana Mahmood, expressed her party’s optimism after the polls closed, stating that they “expect to make gains and show we’re making progress in the places we need to win at the next election.”
She added that they are proud of their positive campaign, which focused on the issues that matter most to voters.
Liberal Democrat and Green Parties Set Targets
Upcoming results will be one of the last tests of major parties’ popularity ahead of an anticipated general election next year.
Liberal Democrats Eyeing Rural and Suburban Seats Held by Tories to Build on 2019 Success
Party’s Deputy Leader, Daisy Cooper, expressed that she has been hearing genuine anger and frustration from voters who are exhausted and fed up with being overlooked by the Conservative government.
“Tonight, Their Voices Will Be Heard,” She Said.
The Greens are setting their sights on gaining outright control of their first council in Mid Suffolk after a successful 2019 where they gained 194 seats.
Green Party Confident in Taking Votes from Both Labour and Conservative Voters In a recent statement, the Green Party expressed confidence in their ability to attract voters from traditionally Labour and Conservative supporters. The party believes it will continue building on its recent successes in the coming years.
Northern Ireland Council Elections Rescheduled to May 18th Due to King Charles III’s Coronation.
District councils, which oversee services such as bin collections, parks, public housing, and planning applications, comprise the majority of the councils up for election in England.
County councils manage other services in these areas, including roads, schools, and social and care services. These councils are elected at different times.
Metropolitan and unitary councils comprise the remainder of the elected councils, which are single local authorities responsible for all local services.
Polling stations accepted various documents, including passports, driving licenses, and bus passes for older or disabled individuals.
The deadline for obtaining a free voter certificate has passed. Last week marked the deadline for obtaining a new free voter certificate. Individuals who lacked the appropriate identification were encouraged to apply for this certificate.