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The UK Local Elections – What You Need To Know

Local Elections are taking place in the UK on Thursday 2 May 2019 – here’s what you need to know

More than 8,400 seats are up for election in England and a further 426 in Northern Ireland on Thursday. Scotland, Wales and some parts of England will not be voting this time, with local elections taking place at different times in a 4-year cycle. Most of the seats up for election were last contested in 2015.


What You Need To Know:

– If you have registered to vote, you will need to head to the polling station between its opening hours of 7am – 10pm. 

– A card should have been delivered to your residence stating your polling station – you can also check this information online.

– Find out about your local candidates and make a decision on who to vote for before heading to the polling station – you should be able to find information about the persons up for election on their website.

– Results will be counted and will start to be announced during the night. All results should be announced by 18:00 on Friday evening.

– If you are registered to vote in Middlesbrough, Leicester, Mansfield, Bedford, Copeland or the North of Tyne area (Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside) you will be able to vote for a mayor.


What’s Likely To Happen?

The Conservatives are expected to lose control of some councils due to discontent over Brexit. This may see seats go to candidates representing other parties, including Labour, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats.


Why Should I Vote?

The Local Elections are your chance to make a change in your local area. Councillors are possibly more likely to be able to act on your preferences and opinions more than one MP could, so it is therefore vital to have your say.

For more reasons to vote, check out our Instagram story @speakerpolitics.


I Have A Question

If you are confused about the local elections, please tweet us @speakerpolitics or email and we’ll be happy to help. We can’t tell you who to vote for, but we may be able to help answer questions about how or where to vote.

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