Local elections: Voters set for council and mayoral polls across UK
Published: 3rd May 2012 03:43:52
Voters go to the polls on Thursday for local elections in England, Wales and Scotland - and to elect mayors in London, Liverpool and Salford.
More than 4,700 seats are up for grabs on 128 English councils, most of which were last contested in 2008.
Every seat on Scotland's 32 unitary authorities is up for election and the make-up of 21 unitary authorities in Wales will also be decided.
Referendums on whether to elect a mayor will be held in 10 English cities.
Polling stations will open at 0700 BST and close at 2200 BST, with the first council results expected to come in during the early hours of Friday.
Some councils, however, will not begin counting votes until normal business hours on Friday - meaning the results may not be known until the evening.
Rain is predicted across much of Wales and southern and central England, with Scotland and northern England remaining largely dry.
A total of 4,722 seats will be decided in local authority elections in England.
Contests will be held in 36 metropolitan councils - with a third of seats being fought in cities such as Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.
Elections will also be held for 74 shire district councils and 18 unitary district councils.
In Scotland, every seat on the country's 32 unitary authorities - including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen - will be contested.
Votes will also be held to determine the political complexion of 21 unitary authorities in Wales, including Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham.
In London, Boris Johnson is seeking a second term as the capital's mayor. As in 2008, he is being challenged by Ken Livingstone for Labour and Brian Paddick for the Lib Dems.
Independent Siobhan Benita, the BNP's Carlos Cortiglia, the Green Party's Jenny Jones and UKIP's Lawrence Webb are also standing.
The first elections to choose mayors for Liverpool and Salford will take place. Twelve candidates are running for mayor in Liverpool while 10 are standing in Salford.
Elections for 25 seats to the London Assembly, last held in 2008, are being held.
There will be 14 constituency-based ballots, with the candidate winning the most votes being elected. A further 11 seats will be filled on the basis of the parties' overall share of the vote across the city.
Referendums will also be held in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wakefield on whether to bring in an elected mayor.
However, Doncaster will vote to decide whether to abolish the town's directly elected mayor, 11 years after residents chose to introduce one.
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