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LOCAL ELECTIONS: Litmus Test for Labour  

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LIVERPOOL, Sept. 25, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn attends the Labour Party Annual Conference in Liverpool, Britain, on Sept. 25, 2016. The Labour Party Annual Conference is held in Liverpool from Sept. 25 to Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS) by .
Leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

The fate of Labour party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn hinges on the outcome of the verdict of today’s local elections. The opposition party is defending 1535 seats spread across the country. If there is a set-back for Labour in the local polls, it will be a trial run for the June 8 general elections.

LIVERPOOL, Sept. 25, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn attends the Labour Party Annual Conference in Liverpool, Britain, on Sept. 25, 2016. The Labour Party Annual Conference is held in Liverpool from Sept. 25 to Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS) by .
Leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

British electorate are polling today for local and mayoral elections in England, Wales and Scotland.A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs in 88 councils – all of those in Scotland and Wales, plus 34 in England, including 27 counties.

  • Labour – 1,535 seats.
  • Conservatives – 1,136 seats.
  • Lib Dems – 484 seats.
  • SNP – 438 seats.
  • Plaid Cymru – 170 seats.
  • UKIP – 146 seats.
  • Green Party – 34 seats.

The latest YouGov/Sunday Times voting intention figures show the Conservatives on 44% and Labour on 31%, giving the Tories a 13 point lead. The Liberal Democrats are on 11%, with UKIP on 6%. Votes for other parties stand at 8%.

Six new “metro mayors” will be elected, covering areas including Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and the West of England. Polling stations opened at 07:00 and close at 22:00 BST.

In England (34 councils, 2,370 seats), this is a year of county council elections and there are also polls in six unitary authorities where county councils and district councils have merged.

Polls are being held in all 32 councils in Scotland (1,227 seats) and all 22 councils in Wales (1,254 seats).

For the first time, voters in Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City region, the West Midlands, Tees Valley, the West of England, and Cambridge and Peterborough will elect new “metro mayors” covering combined local authority areas.

Doncaster and North Tyneside are also voting for local authority mayors, who are elected leaders of their respective councils.

 

 

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